Minor plumbing problems can become emergencies if they’re not addressed quickly. One of the most serious and costly plumbing problems is a damaged sewer line. If you know the warning signs that your sewer line needs repair, you can treat the problem early and prevent a plumbing disaster later. Here are five warning signs to look out for.
A slowly-draining sink indicates that a blockage is starting to form. It’s important to have a slow drain repaired by a plumber as soon as you can. A minor blockage can develop into a more severe clog and lead to a backup in your sewer line.
An intact sewer line should not allow any odors to escape. Have a plumber inspect your sewer line if you notice a foul odor coming from your drains. It can indicate a crack in your main sewer line.
Cracks in Foundation
Homeowners often blame foundation cracks on the home settling; however, this is not always the case. Cracks in your home’s foundation have several possible causes. One of them is a faulty sewer line. Have your sewer line inspected if you notice cracks in your foundation. It may save you from a much larger expense later.
Puddles in Your Yard
If your sewer line is cracked, the soil around it will become saturated. You may also see unusually lush, green grass, because sewage acts as fertilizer. If you notice pools of water or sewage in your yard, call a plumber right away.
Water Levels in Toilet Bowl
If you notice that the water levels in your toilet bowl are constantly fluctuating, it’s likely that a sewer line issue is causing the problem. Your sewer line may be clogged, or you may have a leak. Have your sewer line inspected by a plumber.
For more assistance with your sewer line, or any plumbing needs, please contact us.