How to Know if Your Sewer Line Needs to be Repaired

How to Know if Your Sewer Line Needs to be Repaired from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

So, you’ve Googled how to tell if your sewer line is broken and needs to be repaired, and now you’re here. Welcome! A home’s sewer line is often overlooked, but if it’s allowed to fall into disrepair this could cost you thousands in unforeseen damages. Whereas, repairing your sewer line before it completely deteriorates will save you thousands in future repair costs. 

The good news is there are many warning signs to look for that could help you prevent a much more expensive project down the road. If you do happen to notice any of the signs listed below, call a plumber immediately. 

  • A bad smell: if you smell something bad in your yard or in your home, chances are there’s something wrong with your sewer line. That’s not always the case, of course, but if you’ve ruled out other causes, don’t be afraid to call a plumber. 
  • A toilet has overflowed AND your shower refuses to drain AND  the upstairs sink is draining slowly: Are numerous things in your home refusing to drain, draining really slowly, or seemingly blocked up? If there is just one drain in your home that you seem to have a problem with, then it’s probably just that drain, but there’s trouble brewing if you’re experiencing issues with more than one drain. 
  • One super green patch of grass: Green lawns are typically things of beauty, but if there is one patch or line of grass in your yard that is especially green, chances are there is damage to your sewer line. 
  • The opposite of a green yard – a brown, waste-filled yard: even if your home is connected to the city’s sewer line, their lines are still connected to septic tanks. If you notice your yard is filling up with waste, this is a serious sign that you need to get your sewage system looked at, stat. 
  • Your foundation has a crack in it: If your foundation has a large crack in it, it might be due to a broken sewer line. Often, when damaged sewer lines are left unnoticed, they can create cracks in the foundation of a home, or even create sinkholes on your property, 
  • Rats, flies, and roaches, oh no!: While a small amount of flies, roaches, and sometimes even a rat or two is considered normal, if no amount of extermination or cleanliness is taking care of your problem, then you might have a bigger problem within your sewer line. 
  • Really big trees: Trees are beautiful and make great additions to your property, but their roots can also be destructive for sewer lines. If you notice any of the signs above, and you happen to have large trees in your yard or around your sewer line, there is a real possibility that tree roots are causing damage to your sewage system. There are ways, of course, to prevent your tree roots from destroying your sewer line, driveway, and lawn, but you may already be past this stage. 

Dealing with your sewage system is hardly any homeowner’s idea of fun, but it is sometimes necessary. If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs above, or if you’re always dealing with plumbing issues that DIY fixes can’t seem to fix, then it’s time to call in a professional. Repairing your sewer line doesn’t have to be a headache, and your home and your wallet will thank you for it.

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