With most sewer line problems, it pays to catch and repair them early.
Most sewer line problems, from smaller ones, like clogs, to major ones, like corrosion, start out small and gradually get worse over time. If you can catch the problem before it has a chance to cause too much damage, you’ll save a lot more money. However, in order to get the prompt repairs you need, you have to be able to spot the problem at the first sign, and that can be tricky, especially since the signs aren’t always obvious in the beginning. If you’re worried about having a sewer line problem sneak up on you, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few common warning signs of sewer line problems in your home:
#1. You’ve noticed an increase in pests.
Have you spotted more rodents or insects in your home than usual? Most people will simply call in the exterminator, but you may still need a plumber on your side. Rodents and insects are attracted to small, dark spaces, and if there are cracks or breaks in your sewer line, it becomes the ideal hiding spot.
#2. Your water bills have skyrocketed.
Has your once-affordable water bill suddenly started costing you an arm and a leg every month? If so, the problem could be the result of a sewer line leak, especially if there are other warning signs present. Even the smallest leaks can waste thousands of gallons of water if left for too long, and that can really add up on your water bill.
#3. You have clogs in multiple plumbing fixtures at once.
Have you suddenly experienced clogs in multiple toilets, showers and sinks in your home? No, your plumbing system isn’t conspiring against you; you likely have a clog in your sewer line. Frankly, if all you have are clogs on your hands, and you haven’t experienced any sewer backups yet, you can count yourself lucky.
#4. You smell a sewer-like odor in your home.
The bottom line is that sewer lines and systems are made to be air-tight, which means that you should never smell sewer gas in your home. If there’s a sewery odor in your home, there’s a good chance that there is a crack or an opening in your sewer lines that needs to be repaired.
#5. You’ve spotted extra lush and green areas in your lawn.
We all want to have lush, green lawns, but if there are certain spots in your yard that look more lush or green than the rest of it, it might not be due to your excellent gardening skills, but to a leak or a break in your sewer line. When your sewer line leaks, it provides the grass around it with extra water and nutrients, which could make that area of your lawn look greener and more lush than the rest.
#6. You have saggy areas or indentations in your lawn.
If a broken sewer line has been left long enough, the excess moisture in the soil can cause it to dissipate and erode. This may cause your lawn to dip or form an indent near the leak.
After you take a shower or wash the dishes, do you notice that your sinks seem to drain slowly? If this is happening in just one sink, then there’s probably a clog or blockage in that one sink, but if it’s happening to every drain in your home, there may be a blockage in your sewer line. If you think there may be a clog in your sewer line, don’t wait to get it repaired, as it could cause the line to eventually burst due to a buildup of pressure.
Turn to Culler Plumbing Services for sewer line repairs and inspections.
Sewer line problems may start out small, but most can become big and costly if not taken care of right away. Whether you are 100 percent certain that you have a sewer line problem or you’ve simply noticed one or more of the above signs, don’t hesitate to contact our Belleville plumber right away. We offer camera sewer line inspections that allow us to thoroughly inspect your sewer line without having to dig up your yard. If you do have a sewer line problem, we also offer financing options to help you cover the costs. Contact us today to learn more.