Warning Signs That Your Home’s Sewer Line Needs Attention

Most homeowners never want to think about replacing or even repairing the sewer line for their home. The sewer line is the only pipe that connects all of the drains and toilets in your home to the city sewer system. And when your home’s sewer line is not working correctly, there is going to be a mess of raw sewage somewhere. But if you are aware of the warning signs of a sewer line issue, you can act quickly. And avoid most of the costly and messy problems related to damaged, blocked, or worn-out sewer lines. Be on the lookout for the following signs of sewer line trouble:

Foul Odor Inside Your Home

If you notice a pungent odor in your home, especially near drains, the problem could be a clogged sewer line. This foul smell is often accompanied by a gurgling sound as the gas bubbles up through the water in the drain lines. Act quickly to avoid a flood of dirty water and sewage in your home. Call in a professional to evaluate the issue and provide you with your options for a fast solution.

Multiple Clogged Drains

A single clogged drain in your home is typically no big deal. A plunger or other DIY drain clog solution will usually do the trick. But when you discover that several or all the drains in your home are slow to clear, making gurgling sounds, or will not drain, the issue is almost always the sewer line. It is not likely that every drain will develop a clog at the same time. But because they all rely on your home’s sewer line, they can all appear clogged when the sewer line has a clog or is damaged. Call in the pros to locate the problem quickly.

Odd Drain Issues

If you notice that one drain gurgles then clears at an average rate, check the other drains in your home. In most cases, you will find that the drain was backing up into another sink, tub, or shower before actually draining into the sewer line. The other common malady involves your home’s toilets. If a toilet is slow to flush, check all the shower and tub drains to ensure the toilet waste is not backing up there. All of these issues are signs that there is a problem with your home’s main sewer line. Calling in a licensed plumber is the only way to get to the bottom of the problem and avoid a nasty flood of sewage in your home.

Green Patches In The Grass

Your home’s sewer line runs underground from the house to the city sewer main located under the street. So a large portion of the sewer piping runs under your lawn and planting beds. If you notice a section of grass that is longer and lusher than the rest of the yard, it is a good bet that there is a sewer line leak in the area. Human waste works like a natural fertilizer to help the grass grow more quickly. The water leaking from the sewer line can also result in a bog-like area that is very wet and could have a foul odor. The water and waste might also be attracting many bugs. These unpleasant events are signs that you need to call the pros for a sewer line leak repair.

Call (334) 206-8878 any time you notice any of these signs of a sewer line problem. Our licensed plumbers have years of experience locating and repairing all of these potentially hazardous issues quickly and cost-effectively.