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How Do I Know if I Have a Sewer Line Problem?

How to know if you Have a Sewer Line Problem?

A sewer line is underground plumbing that carries your wastewater from your home to the sewer system. Sewer line issues can cause damages not only to your wallet, but to your health as well. But how do you know if those weird smells in your house are normal, or a broken sewer line? Here, we will explore some of the most common signs that you have a sewer line problem.

Foul or Strange Odors:

There should never be any foul or strange odors emitting from your drains. If you have a sewer line issue, your nose is the first line of defense. Though it might seem easy to ignore, you will want to contact a plumber to ensure toxic gas is not making its way throughout your home. Note: if you see mold or mildew throughout your home, but especially in the basement, this could be a good indication of a broken sewer line.

Slow Drains:

Slow drains can be pretty common, and some might be fixed easily with a drain snake, however; if you are noticing multiple slow drains throughout your home, this could be a sign of a broken or blocked sewer line. In some instances, it’s possible that tree roots have infiltrated your sewer system.

Clogs & Backups:

If one or more of your drains are clogging and leaving sewage on your floors, this is a clear indicator that you likely have a broken sewer line. If you have tried to unclog your drains with no success, employ a plumbing company to investigate this issue.

Lush Green Lawns or Soggy Lawn:

Sewer water is an ideal fertilizer. But, if you’re noticing your lawn is green, lush and bright during a time of year when it should normally be brown, this is another sign of a damaged or broken sewer line. It is not recommended long-term to use sewer water as an irrigation method as sewer water is damaging to your health, and toxins will build up over time until they begin to surface.

A soggy lawn is another indicator of a broken sewer line. Water pooling in spots on your lawn, a soggy lawn, or sinkholes, along with a foul smell all indicate a broken sewer line. Soggy lawns are also an invitation for rodents and insects, which can spread disease.

If you are noticing any of the above, turn to Action Drain & Plumbing, one of the most respected local businesses in Spokane, WA. We have over 70+ years combined experience and are able to provide the precise, highly efficient services you need to keep all of your plumbing functioning at its best.

We provide a full range of services related to your pipes, from thorough unclogging, rootering, sewer inspections to leak repair, part replacement, water heater repair, sump pump repair and trenchless sewer line repair.


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