4 Signs Your Sewer Line May Be Broken

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.