You may think a broken sewer line is an obvious problem, but many people deal with the after effects of a busted sewer line for weeks without ever realizing it. At 1 Call Plumbing, we get calls all the time from customers who think they’ve just got a clogged toilet but in actuality are up against a much bigger problem: a broken sewer line.
Here are four signs your sewer line is broken, and what to do about it:
- Sewer Backups (i.e. Overflowing Toilets or Drains)
The most obvious – and most unappealing – sign of sewer line breakage is a backed-up toilet. Backups usually show up first in the lowest drain at the property since all drains rely on the main sewer line to flush properly. If you notice a toilet or a sink filling back up with water once you flush or drain it, call a professional plumber right away.
- Unmistakable Sewage Smell
If your sewer line breaks underground or is leaking slowly, your drains may not be affected at first. If you suddenly start noticing a nasty sewage odor inside your home or around your property, sewer gas is probably leaking out. A well-maintained sewer line is airtight so you should never smell sewage unless there’s a problem.
- Odd Occurrences in Your Yard
Are a few patches of grass unexpectedly lush and green? Don’t get too excited: there’s a chance they’re being nourished underground through a sewer pipe leak! Likewise, if your yard has abruptly developed huge dents or you’ve noticed new cracks in your pavers or sidewalks, you could have a sewer sinkhole starting to form.
- Super Slow Drain
Slow drainage from sinks or other home drains can be a tell-tale sign of impeding sewer pipe problems. Your sewer pipe could have a very slow leak or be encroached upon by roots or channeling. Avoid the temptation of pouring bottle after bottle of chemical drain cleaner down your pipes; the chemicals can actually eat away your pipes and won’t do any good if the slow-down is caused by a sewer pipe break, anyway.
Do you suspect a sewage situation happening at your house?
Give 1 Call Plumbing a call today to discuss the warning signs and have a professional plumber sent to your property as soon as possible. Raw sewage is nothing to take lightly. Bring in the experts to take care of it quickly and efficiently.