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How Do I Know If I Need Sewer Line Repair?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Nov 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

backyard.jpgYour home's plumbing system is important to the health of your home. Your sewer line removes wastewater from every pipe in your home, from your shower, toilets, or sinks, gallons of water are expended from your home and into the main sewer line every day. Therefore, it's understandable if there are some sewer line issues every now and then—it performs a big responsibility every day whether you're thinking about it or not. But it's always a great idea to remember the key components when wondering if it's time to repair your sewer line. Let's break it down here:

Clogged Mainlines: 

Have you noticed your toilets draining slowly or presenting that gurgling noise you can hear at the opposite side of the house? How about your sinks or tubs— are you seeing that they drain relatively slow as well, even though you've attempted to fix the problem with the plunger? More than likely, your mainline is clogged, which can lead to a sewer backup if left untreated. If this is the case, call a plumber

Changing Water Levels

A major indication of sewer line damage is the water level in your toilet bowl. If you've noticed the water levels are what you're used to one day, then overly full or empty the next day, this is a sign you have sewer problems.

A clog in your sewer line is what causes the flucuation in the water levels. Some people don't realize the reason their toilets overflowed a few weeks ago was because of this exact problem. It's best to always call a plumber first hand when you're noticing uncommon trends in your home's plumbing system.

A Stinky Backyard

A fairly obvious sign of a sewer line problem is the smell of sewage around your yard and home, mainly because it's a smack-you-in-your-face kind of smell. If you smell an aroma of rotton food or eggs, or a stale, musty odor in your bathroom, basement, living area, and all over your backyard, then you know it's time to call a plumber.

Your plumber will be able to detect the problem immediately and inform you of how serious the problem is. Sometimes these odors are from a simple (and small) pipe leak; other times these odors are a sign of a sewer line break. Both of these, however, need immediate attention.

A Few Other Signs You Should Be Aware Of:

  • Slow drain of water from sinks, toilets and bathtubs
  • Leaking pipes in the house
  • Standing water, pooling of waste water in your yard
  • Noticeable patch of extra lush green grass in your yard
  • Persistent rodent problem and insect infestation in the yard and near the house
  • A rise in your water bill as compared 

We understand you can't help when your sewer lines go haywire, and that's why Ken's Plumbing is at your service! Our hard working, experienced professionals are here for you 24/7! If you are experiencing any issues, be sure to schedule service with us by clicking the banner below, or calling us at (864) 242-5511 so we can assist all your plumbing, water heater, and drain needs.

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Topics: Drains & Sewers