How often do you think about your sewer? Probably you don’t even remember
it exists unless there is a problem with it. Given that most of the sewer
system is hidden, it’s easy to neglect giving it proper maintenance.Your
sewer could already be damaged by tree roots, cracks or misaligned
connections. Don’t let your sewer problems get out of proportion and end up
in failed or collapsed sewer line.
To help you spot possible issues with your sewer, here is a list of the
five most common warning signs that your sewer line needs repair.
1. Sewer Backups and Blockages
Sewer backups happen in the lowest open drain. When they happen, it is a
usually a sign of a blocked or clogged pipe. If there is a sewer backup
every time you flush the toilet or run water down the sink, then the
problem could be your main sewer line. But if the problem only happens in
one drain, then it probably means that the issue is only in that specific
If your sewer has been cleaned but you continue experiencing constant
backups, then you may have a more severe underlying issue.Whatever the main
cause of your problem is, it can be detected by getting a sewer video
2. Foul Smell
A sewer line should be airtight, which means that smells shouldn’t come
from it. So, if you notice the smell of rotten eggs coming from your sewer,
it’s a sign that there is a crack in your sewer. As soon as you notice a
bad smell coming from the sewer, make sure to call a plumber. Remember that
the stronger the smell, the more severe the damage is.
A crack in the sewer can cause enough water to leak into your home which
can result in mold growth. Mold is harmful to your health, so if you notice
mold starting to spread, and you also notice a foul smell, call a plumber
4. Lush patches of grass and Lawn Indentations.
If you notice an extra green patch of grass in your yard, it might be a
sign that there is a sewage leak underground. Given that sewage acts as a
fertilizer, the leakage from your main line will provide the grass with
extra nutrients that will result in a lush and green appearance.
Besides lush lawns, also be on the lookout for lawn indentations. A cracked
sewer main line that is consistently saturating the ground may cause the
soil to dissipate. This may cause your lawn to develop an indentation or
dip above where your sewage main line runs.
Damaged sewer lines can also result in unwanted pests inside your home.
Rodents and insects take advantage of the crack in your sewer and find
their way into your plumbing system. These pests can be harmful to your
health. Rats are responsible for carrying life-threatening diseases, while
insects can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma symptoms.
If you have called pest control but you keep rodents and insects keep
appearing in your house, then you most likely have a crack in your sewer
line. If you suspect this is your case, call a plumber to get a sewer
inspection and find the best solution for you.
If you are experiencing any of the signs mentioned above, then make sure to
call a professional plumber to repair your sewer line. In this way you will
assure that your problems won’t worsen and end up being extremely
Remember that the best way to avoid having failed or collapsed sewer lines
is by giving them regular maintenance.Get a yearly sewer inspection and
avoid unnecessary hassles!
If you live in the Denver Metro area, make sure to call Plumbers Denver. We
are a bonded, licensed, and insured company that offer affordable and