6 Signs You Need Sewer Line Repair

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A lot of homeowners try to solve plumbing problems by themselves. Often, they don’t know what they’re in for. A blocked drain is quite a repair job - even if it’s not a sign of a major sewer line problem. Sewer problems can cause a lot of issues and cost a lot of money, plus the smell makes it just uncomfortable to have an out-of-commission sewer.

Like every other home repair issue, the earlier you tackle the problem, the better. Don’t hesitate to call in a professional before the problem gets worse.

Here’s seven indicators that your sewer needs fixing:

Odd smells

Sanitary sewers are designed to be airtight to keep the odor locked in, so if you can smell any bad odor from your sewer, it needs to be checked. The odor is likely escaping from a break or crack in your sewer line.

Pooling water

If puddles of waste water appear out of nowhere in your yard, then something is not right. This is often caused by a breakage in the main sewer line.

Water backups

If water is not draining out of your toilet, sink, or shower, then there may be a backup in your plumbing. To troubleshoot the problem, check other drains to see if the issue is with just one drain or all the drains in your home. If all your drains are affected, then it’s very likely that your sewer line has a problem. Line cleaning should be your first course of action, and if that doesn’t work, you should hire professional plumbing services for sewer line repair and replacement.

Slow draining

If water is still draining from your toilet, sink, or tub, but very slowly, that indicates a minor blockage in your system. Fixing the problem could be as simple as using a plunger in your toilet or flushing out your sink with Draino. Again, check all the drains in your house to see if the problem is isolated to one drain or widespread. If all of them are draining slowly, call in a professional plumbing service to diagnose and resolve the problem.

Overwatered grass

If one part of your lawn looks greener than the surrounding areas, there may be a leak in your sewer line or sprinkler system. This is an indication that too much water is coming from below the lawn.

Increase in pests

Rats and mice thrive in damp and dirty environments. Are you seeing more of these pests around your house? This may indicate that a broken sewer is giving them a hospitable environment to live and breed in.

If this is the case, then contact professional plumbers and professional pest control companies to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Pests can weaken your foundation and spread disease, and they should be eradicated as soon as possible.

Sewers are almost always reliable, doing their job out of sight and out of mind. But when they break, you realize how much you rely on them every day. If a sewer in or near your home breaks, contact a professional plumber to get it repaired immediately.


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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Hi Rono,  Thanks for sharing this thorough list on things to watch for with sewer lines.  Important information for people to know.

Oct 26, 2019 08:08 PM #1
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