3 Signs of Trouble with Your Sewer Line

Posted by Butter Plumbing

sewer-lineThe sewer line is the main means of removing waste from your drains, connecting your home’s plumbing system to the larger civic sewer system. Most of the time, it’s buried beneath the ground in your yard, keeping it out of sight and letting it do its job effectively and efficiently. Unfortunately, it can encounter trouble from time to time, and when it does its underground nature can be quite a thorny issue. Corrosion or shifting earth can cause leaks, while tree roots form your yard can be drawn to the sewage and wreak all manner of havoc. Clogs and blockages aren’t uncommon either, creating a problem for your entire system.

The good news is that modern plumbers have all kinds of techniques to deal with such issues. The bad news is that you still need to spot the signs of trouble in order to call them in. Doing so can be extremely tricky unless you know what to look for. Below is a brief list of three signs that your sewer line is experiencing trouble. If you spot them, call in a professional plumber to handle the problem the right way.

1.      Problems in the Yard

Because the sewer line usually runs through the yard, problems can often crop up there. Leaks can express themselves in strange puddles that form without any apparent source, odd gassy smells emanating from the ground, odd noises such as drips or running water, or even patches of grass and plant life that seem greener and healthier than the remainder of the yard. In some cases, the problem may cause cracks in a concrete patio or swimming pool. These are especially clear during our hot and dry Nevada summers, making the upcoming months a good time to pay attention.

2.      Problems in the House

Some of the problems noticeable outside the home will repeat themselves inside the home. Smells, in particular, will permeate up from the drains in your sinks and tubs, and will not diminish with repeated flushing of water. You might also notice persistent clogs or backlogs in the home. In the event of a sewer back-up, those clogs are likely to be system-wide, instead of limited to a few drains or so.

Cracks and similar foundation issues can also appear in the house in the event of a sewer line problem. It can also create mold growth and pest issues, such as a right in rodent activity and insects. Such problems can often be found at the lowest point of the house, in the basement or near the foundation.

3.      Higher Bills

Problems in the sewer line usually translate to wasted water, which means higher bills and unexpected spikes in your monthly rates. Even if it’s not the sewer line, such spikes usually mean a serious problem somewhere in your system. Shutting off the water and calling in a professional plumber is usually the best course of action.

For quality sewer line repair and replacement services in Paradise, NV, call on the friendly technicians at Butter Plumbing today!

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