Having a sewer line break can be a nightmare for a homeowner, and if it’s not dealt with quickly, the problems can skyrocket. When a sewer line needs repair, there are a few signs you may notice to help warn you that there is an issue. If you think there is a chance that your sewer is to blame, it’s best to call in professional help as soon as possible as waiting can result in severe damage and significant health risks.
Strong Smells On Your Property
One of the first and most obvious signs that a sewer problem is at hand is if there are any areas in your yard or home that smell strongly of sewage. Sometimes the scent may be noticeable in bathrooms and the basement, but often it is strongest in the yard near the point of the break.
If drains around your home suddenly begin to take a long time to drain its a clear indication that there is damage to your sewer. If slow drainage is limited to one drain or section, it may be a pipe specific problem. However, if you notice that several different drains are slow, it’s time to be concerned for more severe issues.
Low Water Levels
As with the slow draining, if there are multiple toilets in your home with noticeably low water levels or fluctuating levels, it’s a sign of sewer damage. In some cases, it might be a sign of a clog, or it could be indicative of a leak.
Often there are times when cracks in foundation or masonry will crack, but it’s always a good idea to have these checked as soon as they are found. In some instances, they can be a sign of more severe problems like a leak in the sewer system causing undue stress and damage to your home’s foundation.
Mold and Mildew
If you are noticing signs of mold and mildew in your home, it’s always a source of alarm. While many different things can cause the growth of this rapidly expanding pest, a broken sewer line is one of the most complicated. When looking for the source of your moisture issue, make sure that you bring in a professional to ensure that your sewer line is not the cause.
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