If your toilet refuses to empty no matter how much you plunge, your next step is probably to try a sewer snake to clear out the clog in the line. If snaking the line doesn't help, then your best bet is to call a plumber for assistance. You don't want to keep snaking the drain because you might cause damage to the pipe and make matters worse. It's best to let a plumber look inside the pipe and then figure out a solution to the problem. This is how a plumber looks inside a sewer drain and then makes repairs to the pipe if it's damaged.
A Sewer Camera Identifies The Cause Of The Clog
A sewer camera is a valuable tool when you have a sewer line clog. The camera lets you know why the drain is clogged and it also pinpoints the exact location of the clog so it can be marked on top of the ground. The plumber feeds the camera into the drain and watches the video it sends back. It shows clogs from paper or other debris as well as balls of roots and cracks in the pipe. This information lets the plumber know if snaking or hydrojetting will fix the problem. These are methods of clearing clogs and roots, but if the pipe is damaged, it has to be repaired or replaced in order to keep the drain open.
Relining Is Often The Best Means Of Repair
When the sewer line is cracked or if it has gaps along the seams, it needs to be repaired or clogs from roots and paper will just keep on happening. One of the best options for repairing a sewer line is to put in a new liner. The other option is to dig up the old pipe, which means the plumber has to dig a big trench in your yard to pull out the old pipe. Only minimal digging is needed when you have the pipe relined, and this is why it is usually the preferred method of repairing or replacing a damaged sewer line.
During residential sewer relining, a new liner is pulled through the old pipe. The liner is then inflated so it takes on the shape of a pipe. It is held in this position until the liner cures. Once that's complete, the liner becomes a new plastic pipe inside of your old drain. This can immediately put an end to your constant problems with tree roots clogging up your sewer since the roots won't be able to get inside the plastic pipe. The pipe has no seams, so it provides many years of service without breaking apart like clay pipes are prone to do when tree roots work on them.
There are some instances when relining might not be possible, but your plumber can tell by looking at the video from the sewer camera if relining is the best option. If it is, the repairs will be much quicker and less damaging to your property than if it is necessary to dig a trench to do the job.