4 Symptoms Of Sewer Line Damage You Can't Ignore

4 symptoms sewer line damage

It's something every homeowner dreads, and your plumber isn't too fond of it, either - sewer problems. It's a messy, smelly ordeal but more common than you probably think.

The worst part is that homeowners often miss the big red flags that indicate a problem is developing or already exists. The problem persists and worsens by ignoring these signs, prolonging sewer line repair that should have been dealt with sooner. If you're not diligent about monitoring the condition of your sewer, you could be stuck dealing with replacement instead of just repairs.

Is Your Sewer Line Deteriorating Right Under Your Feet?

You don't have to be a professional plumber to be on the lookout for signs of distress with your plumbing system, including your sewer. Many times, when we arrive on the job, we point out some common signs of a sewer line break and hear from the homeowner, "I noticed that!"

We're here to help you by telling you some of the most common indicators and reminding you not to ignore them.

  • Odors - It may be faint at first, but it's always distinguishable - the foul scent of sewer gas. Since your system should be airtight, escaping gases mean you have a crack or hole somewhere. The odor may get increasingly worse, but don't wait for it to get that bad to contact a professional.
  • Green Grass - As icky as sewage is, it also has fertilizing abilities, and a leak can cause extra green and lush grass. If you notice a spot like this, it could be the result of a crack in the line, so have it checked out.
  • Yard Pooling - Do you notice puddles or larger areas where water accumulates even if it hasn't rained recently? Cracks, breaks, and clogs can cause wastewater to show up in your yard. Don't ignore mystery pools on your lawn.
  • Drain Clogs - It's easy to think your toilet backing up or the shower being stopped up is an issue with that individual drain. However, if you have multiple drains with issues, the real problem is probably at the source - the sewer. That's why it's crucial not to use DIY drain cleaners and just call in a pro to get to the root of the problem.

Call Ford Plumbing in Lake Zurich if you need the expertise of a local plumber for your sewer, drains, water heater, or plumbing in general.

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