The main sewer line is a major component of any property. It carries away all the wastewater that is created inside the property. However, most people tend to overlook their sewer lines when it comes to routine upkeep and maintenance. This is a dangerous mistake, as sewer problems can be some of the most damaging, stressful and expensive problems that property owners deal with. Therefore, not only is it important to have your sewer line inspected and repaired regularly, but it is also important to recognize the key signs of a sewer line problem, so that you can deal with it before it becomes more severe.
Here are the major signs that you are in need of a sewer line replacement or repair.
Sewage Back Up
Sewage back up is a sign of a severe failure in your sewer line. When a sewer line fails, no wastewater can be flushed down the line, which means that it will start backing up in your basement and other locations. Your toilets are the most likely place that you will first recognize sewage backup, since they are directly connected to your sewer line, and you will have difficulty flushing if the sewer line is blocked. If your toilet bubbles or gurgles and fails to properly flush, then that may be the first sign of worse sewer back up to come. As it gets worse you will notice slow draining in sinks, showers and bathtubs. Finally, you will experience actual sewage backing up in your main sewer line in your basement.
Standing Water or Odors
When your sewage fails to completely flush through your sewer line, it will linger inside your plumbing. When this occurs, a strong smell will begin to pervade your house, coming from your drains. A sewer smell throughout your house is a good sign that you have a serious sewer line problem. Another similar sign is when there is standing water around your yard or beside your foundation. The broken sewer line releases water into the ground around the pipe, which then saturates your yard. This can also pose a risk to your family and property, so it should be dealt with as soon as possible.
Tree roots are naturally attracted to the water and minerals inside your sewer line, and will grow inside the joints and cracks. This will usually occur well down the line, so you will not notice a problem until they get so bad that the sewage backs up. Some roots can be removed without having to replace the pipe, but in many occasions they will have damaged the surrounding pipe beyond repair.
The growth of mold on walls is often a sign of a broken sewer line. Most molds rely on a level of humidity that will only occur when a cracked sewer pipe is failing to properly eject wastewater from your property. If your basement is damp and moldy, then you likely have a serious problem with your sewer line.
Many insects and pests will enter your home through a crack in your sewer line. An open sewer line is an ideal place for many insects to breed, and they will quickly begin to spread from the broken sewer line into the rest of your property. Not only is this unappealing, but they can also pose a serious health risk to your family and property.