Top Indicators of a Sewer Line Problem in Your Plumbing System
Not sure when it’s time to fix your sewer line? Here are 6 telltale signs that your sewer line is clogged or damaged. If you’ve noticed any of the following, it’s time to call your plumber!
1. Your drains are emptying much slower than normal.
Whether it’s your sinks, bathtubs, or showers, if your home’s plumbing is draining slower than normal, it’s not something to ignore. Typically, if your drains are emptying slowly, the problem is not going to go away on its own and will only get worse until you’re unable to use your drains at all. Slow drains could indicate a number of plumbing problems—the most common of which is an issue with your sewer line. Your plumber will be able to pinpoint the exact cause of the slow drains and offer a solution—which may involve sewer line repair.
2. You’re noticing strange smells or sounds coming from your plumbing.
When you turn on the water to a faucet, get close to a drain, or flush the toilet, pay attention to anything out of the ordinary. A bubbling sound when you use your sink or flush the toilet could be indicative of a sewer line clog or more serious damage. Likewise, a foul smell coming from your sink or other drains in your home could mean there is a larger problem farther down in your sewer line.
3. The water level in your toilet bowl keeps fluctuating.
When your sewer line is working properly, the water level in your toilet bowl should remain constant. A telltale sign that your sewer line needs to be repaired is inconsistent water levels. How do you identify an issue? For example, in the morning, your toilet bowl may appear normal, but in the afternoon the water level may be close to full or almost empty—only to go back to normal again by the time you go to bed. Whether it’s a clog, crack, or tree branch obstruction, you’ll need a plumber to inspect your sewer line to determine the cause of the damage. Whether it’s a traditional sewer line repair service or the less-intrusive trenchless sewer repair method, your plumber can offer the right solution.
4. You’ve been seeing more pests and/or rodents in your home or yard.
Pests, rats, and other rodents are attracted to broken sewer lines. Because of the increase in moisture in the ground and throughout the plumbing system, your home might be a breeding ground for unwanted creatures. If you’ve noticed an increase in pets around your home, it may be time to call up a plumber for an inspection.
5. Multiple drains in your home are clogging at the same time.
A clogged toilet or drain every once in a while isn’t typically a big problem. However, if half of your sinks, showers, and toilets are clogging at the same time, it could mean that your sewer line is not doing its job properly. Your drains are all connected to the same sewer line, so when multiple drains start clogging, it indicates a problem farther down the main line—rather than adjacent to the toilet or sink.
6. You’ve noticed soggy or lush patches in your yard.
Is a patch of your grass growing greener and faster than the rest of the yard? Have you stepped into a soggy and damp area in your yard, while the rest of the yard is relatively dry? Either of these scenarios could indicate a break in your sewer line—especially if either is accompanied by a foul odor.
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