While a home’s sewer line serves a vital function by conveying wastewater away from your home and to the municipal sewer (or your septic tank), most homeowners do not give much thought to the condition of their home’s sewer line. Since a sewer line is out of sight, and out of mind, it is one of those things that most people do not think to have inspected or serviced until something goes wrong, such as having multiple drains backing up in their home. However, when problems start to arise with your home’s sewer line, there will be a couple early signs indicating that you should have your sewer line inspected. Here are just a few of these signs you can look for in your home.
You Have Unusually Lush Patches in Your Yard
Have you recently noticed an unusually lush or green patch in your lawn or garden that you can’t seem to explain? Many homeowners are surprised to learn that this is actually a sign that they likely have a leak or a crack in their home’s main sewer line that runs under their yard. When your sewer line has a leak, this sewage will begin to seep up into your yard, providing extra nutrients to any plants or grass above, which then causes these lush patches in your yard. Thusly, if you notice lush patches in your lawn you should call a sewer and drain specialist to inspect your sewer line.
There Are Soggy Spots in Your Lawn
If there is a leak in the sewer line running under your yard, you may also notice soggy patches in your lawn. If the leak is left undetected for long enough, a lot of sewage will begin to rise through your yard, which can cause soggy or lifted patches in your lawn. If the problem becomes particularly severe, you may even experience wastewater pooling in your yard. Detecting this type of leak early is then critical so that you do not encounter the unpleasant experience of having pooling sewage in your yard.
You Hear Unusual Sounds Coming From Your Drains
There are also more subtle signs you can look out for in your home that can indicate problems with your sewer line. For instance, you should not be able to hear any unusual sounds (or any sounds at all), coming from the drains in your home. However, if you begin to notice gurgling noises coming from your drains when you are running water, this could be an early sign of growing plumbing problems such as a blockage in your sewer line. Thusly, while it can be easy to dismiss these sounds as not serious, you should consider having your sewer line inspected if you notice any sounds coming from the drains in your home.
You Smell Something Foul
If you have noticed a foul sewage-like odor coming from the drains in your home, this is a clear indicator that something is wrong with your sewage line. The fact that not many homeowners realize is that a sanitary sewer system should be airtight, meaning that you should not be able to detect any sewage odors in or around your home. If you notice a foul sewer smell in or around your home, this could be a sign of a leak in your sewer line somewhere. If the scent is coming from the drains in your home, then it is likely that there is a clog forming in your system that is preventing proper drainage. Either way, you will need to have your sewer inspected as soon as possible.
Due to the important role that your sewer line plays in your home, it is vital that you catch problems with your sewer early and have them repaired. Contact us to schedule a sewer inspection if you believe that there may be a problem with your sewer line.