Some plumbing problems are easy to detect while others go unnoticed until it's too late. For example, a clogged drainage system is easily noticeable. However, how do you tell your sewer lines have cracked a few yards from your home before the issue is apparent? The following are signs you need to repair your sewer line.
The Drains Aren't Draining
Slow drains are a tell-tale sign you need sewer line repair services. A single drain clog may not be serious. However, several slow drain clogs are cause for concern. Many homeowners attempt to fix slow drains using chemical drain cleaners. This can damage your other plumbing fixtures. If you have slow drains and clogs throughout your home, this means there is a break or blockage in the sewer line. Thus, causing the sewage to back up into the drain pipes.
In many cases, strong odors emanate from the ground outside your home when there is an issue with your sewer line. This occurs because of a buildup in your line, causing wastewater to seep into the ground. You'll notice damp spots in your front yard and a super green lawn.
If the problem is advanced, you'll experience offensive odors in your bathroom and basement. Usually, if your sewer line is in good condition, the smell of the sewage remains inside the line. Determine whether there is another cause for the foul odor, but if you aren't sure, call a plumber for a thorough inspection.
Sewer line issues start manifesting at the lowest part of your home. Therefore, if you have a basement, you'll notice leaking water before the problem spreads to other parts of your home. Watch out for water spots near the drains in the basement.
Insects and vermin are also drawn to offensive sewer odors. If you notice an infestation of vermin and insects, the sewer line may be damaged. Failing to address leaks immediately may result in flooding in the basement or your home's foundations.
Homeowners often attribute mold to old constructions or flooding damage. If you have inspected other areas and counted out all the possible culprits, check your sewer line. Damaged sewer lines increase the humidity in your home. As a result, mold and mildew develop on your walls.
If the walls in your home are discolored, or you notice strange colors at the base of your toilet, there is a possibility it's a problem with your sewer line. However, sometimes problems with your HVAC system may attract mold and mildew. To eliminate all doubt, contact a plumbing service to help you determine the cause of the problem.