Since sewer lines are buried in the yard, the only way to tell if they are broken, is by looking for certain signs. If any of these five signs are present, it’s best to call All Star Plumbing and Restoration right away.
- Wet Spots in the Yard
A broken line could allow water to seep into the soil, softening it. This can create soggy or warped areas in the lawn. Any indentations or weirdly wet areas could point to a broken sewer line. Another thing to look for in the lawn is extra green or lush patches of grass. Sewage can act as a fertilizer, giving it extra nutrients to grow.
Sewer problems aren’t always visible, but they can be smelled easily. Any scent of sewer gas strong enough to be smelled inside the home, indicates an issue. Be on the lookout for foul, musky odors.
A few occasional clogs in the plumbing are normal. However, if there are multiple or persistent clogs causing water to back up into the toilet, sink, shower, or bathtub, it could indicate a problem deeper in the sewer line. All drains lead to the main sewer line, so clogs can happen at any drain in the home.
If a sewer pipe behind the wall has cracked, it could increase humidity and create the perfect environment for mold to grow. If any mold is accompanied by the smell described above, there’s likely to be a cracked sewer pipe in the wall.
- Insect Infestation
Insects can easily get through sanitary sewer cracks and into the home. Insects such as cockroaches, palmetto bugs, and sewer flies in the home could signal there’s a sewer issue.
A broken sewer line requires either a repair or replacement. All Star Plumbing and Restoration can repair or replace sewer lines in the yard at a cost-effective rate.