Sewer Line Issues: 5 Signs To Look Out For
Homeowners often miss out of sewage pipe issues till the very last moment, and that’s when the lines are severely damaged. The downtime for repairs and maintenance is higher, and living comfortably can become impossible till these lines are in working order.
You can get plumbing services at the earliest stage of a line problem—provided you’re looking out for it. Sewer line issues do make themselves known, and if you pay attention, you may spot one of these signs:
1. Frequent clogging
Sewage drain lines can become clogged every once in a while in every household. But if the clogging is persistent, it might be a symptom of broken pipes. Frequent clogging can be associated with immense buildup of debris, which happens over time. However, clean but cracked pipes can also cause blockages.
2. Noisy and slow drain
Does the water in your sinks, showers/bathtubs and toilets drain down very slowly and with a gurgling noise? When sewage lines have too much buildup, or are broken, they cause delayed drainage in the water lines in your plumbing fixtures. Even if the delay is occurring in one place, e.g. a kitchen sink, make sure to get your sewage lines checked out.
3. Musty/funky odors
Sewer smells indicate one of two things: there’s either a buildup of fungus—specifically mold and mildew—along the lines, or that there is an opening somewhere in the line. A musty odor in your home means you have a buildup issues, and a gas smell is a likely a red flag that your sewer lines are cracked/broken.
4. Damp soil/grass
If it has not rained recently and you haven’t watered the grass or spilled water on it, and you’re finding patches of wet grass, then it is a typical sign of a damaged sewer pipe. Leakage from cracked pipes causes moisture to build up, moisture that reaches the soil. If there is a sewer line issue below the grass, the grass may also be greener than usual.
5. Higher water bill
If you’ve got extended family staying over and the, people using water are more, then it’s understandable that the bill’s going to be high. However, if your water bill indicates higher water consumption than what your household is actually using, then it’s a sign of a breakage somewhere in your sewer pipes, where the water is leaking out and getting wasted.
Steer clear of using chemical cleaners or trying to tackle these problems in any other way yourself; you may end up damaging the sewer lines further. At TNT Enterprizes, we have expert plumbers specialized in repair of all kinds of plumbing issues, from clogged sink drains to leaking underground drainage pipes. We provide efficient and professional plumbing services throughout Bloomsburg, PA.
Reach out to us today if you’re experiencing any of the signs of sewer issues in your home.