Top Signs of Sewer Line Issues and How to Avoid Them


A clogged kitchen sink drain is bad enough. A sewer line issue, however, is right up there with the end of the world when it comes to the amount of stress it can give you.

While comparing a clogged sewer line to Armageddon may be a bit of a stretch, it does come pretty close. After all, repairing or replacing a sewer line means you will have to call in a plumbing company to basically tear your yard up to get to those problem sewer pipes and fix them. It will be the end of your well-manicured lawn as you know it, hence, the comparison.

Even worse are cases where sewage causes water damage to your property. You may have to call in a home renovation contractor to fix it.

You’re in for a world of hurt when your sewer lines start acting up. Here are some signs that you have sewer line issues that need your attention.

Slow drains

A slow drain is an issue, but it’s nothing that a plunger, a drain snake, or even a mixture of baking soda and vinegar can’t handle.

However, when multiple drains are not working all at the same time, then you are looking at a clear sign of a clogged sewer line. If your sewage also backs up every time you flush, then it should drive the point home. The blockage is somewhere deep in the main sewer line, a place that only a plumbing contractor can reach.

An unbearable stench

When your home is filled with the unmistakable stench of sewage, it’s possible that your supposedly airtight main sewer line is leaking. The only way to stop your home from reeking of rotten eggs and sewage is to get a plumbing service to repair your leaking main sewer line.

Greener than usual grass

An extra lush lawn may be regarded as a testament to your exceptional landscaping skills. Or, the grass could simply be the recipient of an excellent fertilizer that comes in the form of sewage from a leaking sewer line. So if you notice that the grass seems to be greener on your side of the fence, have a plumbing professional check if they’re getting a little boost from beneath the ground.

Lawn depressions

Sewage from a leaking sewer line will saturate the soil around it. When that happens, the soil will eventually shift and lead to conspicuous indentations in your lawn. If you know the exact spots in your lawn where your sewer line runs through, check to see if there are sunken areas and call a plumber immediately if you find a couple of depressions or more.

Vermin in your plumbing

Rats and other types of vermin would love nothing more than to squeeze their way into your plumbing through cracks and gaps in your sewer line. When these pests start coming out of your toilets and your drains, you have undeniable proof that there is something wrong with your main sewer line.

Avoiding sewer line issues

The thing with most sewer line issues is that they can be avoided. Here are some ways to prevent sewer line problems from happening.

Don’t treat your toilet like a trash can – It’s strange how some people flush just about anything down their toilets. It’s not uncommon for plumbers fixing or replacing sewer pipes to find toys, condoms, diapers, cell phones, baby wipes, paper towels, and even dead pets like fish and hamsters. Never flush these things down your toilet, because even if they pass through your drain pipes, they will accumulate down deep in the sewer lines and eventually cause a blockage.

Don’t plant trees near your sewer line – The roots of big trees are always on the move looking for nourishment. If they’re anywhere near your sewer line, you can bet that those roots will find those pipes and eventually engulf and invade it and cause you a lot of problems.

Install shower and bathtub drain filters – Hair is one of the top causes if pipe blockages. Stop any of it from going down the drain and into your sewer pipes by installing shower and bathtub drain filters. Make sure you pick up all the hair that they gather and dispose of it properly.

Sewer line problems are some of the worst plumbing issues no homeowner would ever want to face.  While issues with your sewer line may not be entirely preventable because pipes do get old and damaged, following the tips above should at least help you steer clear of them for a much longer time.



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