How Do I know If I Need a Sewer Line Repair?

Sewer replacements are not uncommon. However, they can be a bit expensive, especially if they are allowed to get out of hand and cause additional problems with your plumbing system. This is mainly due to a lack of knowledge about sewer lines. But we’re here to help. Here is a brief list of some problems you may have been noticing with your sewer line that could be a red flag in terms of needing a sewer replacement.

Soggy or raised patches of ground – Have you noticed areas in your yard that are soggy or raised? This could be an indication of leaking within your sewer line. Depending on the soil composition in your area, the patches might be raised, soggy, or consistently wet. If you know the patches are in the same area as your sewer line, you should definitely call a professional to go take a look at it as soon as possible. Otherwise, the leaks could get worse and create a more expensive problem for you.

Odor problems – Another indication of sewer problems is foul odors in your yard. If you have been noticing this, you should give your local plumber a call as soon as possible. It may be an indication of leaking and/or cracks within your sewer line.

Common drain problems – If you have been experiencing frequent drain problems that could also be an indication of sewer line problems. Your entire plumbing system includes only one main sewer line, so multiple drains that are stopped at once are a definite red flag, especially if you are unable to unclog the drains after several attempts. Constant maintenance with your drains is not only time consuming and inconvenient, but costly. So it is important to contact a professional plumber as soon as possible to avoid the consequences.

Toilets not filling back up – If you’ve noticed that your toilets are not filling up all the way with water after flushing it, it could be a sign of a blockage deep within your sewer line. This should be checked out immediately before the blockage gets worse or before an accident happens with your toilet. In the mean time, you should avoid using the toilet until the plumber arrives to take a look at it.

To avoid an expensive sewer line repair, you should make sure to know the proper steps to take to care for it. Make sure you are never flushing anything down the toilet that should be. Make sure you know the location of your sewer line in order to be able to detect problems early on. Don’t plant trees or bushes around the sewer line because the roots will be likely to cause cracks and/or shifting. If you notice any of these problems, call a plumber right away to save your time and money!

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