Sinks, tubs, and toilets that are continually clogged and leak dirty sewer water onto your floors may be more than a clogged sewer pipe. It could be due to a broken pipe in your home or yard – after all, a broken sewer line gives off telltale signs. When you know what to look for you can find your sewer line problem quickly and have it repaired.
#1: An Odor of Sewer Gas
An odor of sewer gas is a sign that you could have a broken sewer line. You should never get an odor from your drains. If you do, you need to inspect further to find the cause of why it's happening.
#2: Slow Drains
A slow drain can be due to a blockage in the pipes that service a particular sink, toilet, shower, or tub. When you have more than one plumbing fixture that drains slowly, it could be due to a broken sewer line that has separated due to the ground settling around your Sacramento County home or business. On the other hand, it could be because tree roots have infiltrated the sewer line and are obstructing the flow of the pipe.
#3: Clogs and Backups
Clogs and backups that are isolated to one area of your home, and does not affect the entire system, may be due to a clog in the pipe that services that fixture. If more than one drain is clogging and backing sewage onto your floors, you may have a broken sewer line. If your efforts to unclog your drains are not effective, a professional will be required to inspect your sewer lines and determine the best route to take to get your sewer lines flowing freely.
#4: Lush Green Lawn Area
A spot in your yard that is greener, more lush and thriving, while everything around it turns brown can be an indication of a broken sewer line. The water and nutrients from your sewer line act as excellent fertilizer, but this method of irrigation is not recommended long-term.
#5: Soggy Lawn
Along with greening, a broken sewer line can make your lawn soggy and odiferous. This can cause the lawn to sink in the area of the break and make this area of your yard unusable until the broken sewer line is repaired or replaced. The soggy wetness will also attract insects and rodents who may then find their way into your home or business.
#6: Insect and Rodent Infestation
That said, an increase in insect and rodent activity can be a sign that you have a broken sewer line. Rodents make their homes in sewers and can squeeze through the smallest cracks and find their way into your home or business. The same can be said for insects who can wriggle through broken sewer lines, into your home. Both rodents and insects can cause health issues and need to be dealt with along with the sewer line breakage that is drawing them inside.
#7: Mold & Mildew
Spots in your home's ceilings, walls, or floors can indicate a broken sewer or water pipe. If left unchecked, water infiltration from a sewer or water line can cause damage to your home's interior, exterior, or foundation.
#8: Foundation and Wall Cracks
Buildings will often develop cracks in the foundations and walls as they settle. However, if your home is developing new cracks it may be because you have a broken sewer line that is washing away its underpinnings. A thorough inspection can determine if you have a sewer line breakage or another issue that is causing your home or business to develop cracks.
What do I do?
If you've experienced any of these problems with the sewer system of your home and business, you need professional help. The occasional clog can happen, but clogs that affect all of your drains can be due to a broken sewer line and it will take a professional to repair or replace it. Inspection of your sewer line with closed circuit TV (CCTV) can determine the location of the break and whether it can be repaired or if you need the entire line replaced.
At Express Sewer & Drain, we specialize in trenchless sewer technology and have the tools necessary to diagnose your problem and get it fixed quickly. Many of our jobs are finished in a day and unlike traditional methods of sewer line repair and replacement, we can do the job and leave your lawn, landscaping, drive, and walkways in place (in most cases). Contact us today and get your pipes flowing freely again.