9 Signs Your Sewer Line is Broken

May 2, 2019

9 Signs Your Sewer Line is BrokenFunctional plumbing is an important part of every household, but there’s more to it than the pipes and drains in the house. All of the plumbing in your house disposes of used water through a sewer line. Like the rest of your plumbing, the sewer line can experience problems, which are a major concern. Should your home experience one of these nine signs, you should call us up as soon as you can to get your sewer line fixed. If left unchecked, a broken sewer line can flood your basement, burst your pipes, or even cause sewage backups!

Here are nine signs of a broken sewer line:

Slow draining.

If the water in your sink and other plumbing is taking its sweet time going down the drain, that might be a sign of a damaged sewer pipe. The problem might just be a clogged pipe, but if other drains are experiencing problems, the clog is likely much deeper in the sewer line. Some of the things that can cause this include tree roots, cracks in the pipe, and flushed objects clogging the pipe. At worst, this could lead to backed-up sewage coming back up the pipes.

High water bills.

If you notice that your water bills are steadily rising and you haven’t changed your water usage much, you might have a sewer leak. Higher water bills are often a sign that there’s a leak draining your water somewhere. You can trust Daniel's Plumbing & Air Conditioning to find and seal up the cracks causing your heightened water bills

Bad smells.

Functional sewer pipes are airtight, so if you’re noticing foul smells coming from your drains, your yard, or around the house, a pipe might be cracked. Daniel's Plumbing & Air Conditioning can fix or replace that damaged pipe and keep your property smelling fresh.

Pools of septic water.

A big sign something is wrong with your sewer line is if you find water where it shouldn’t be. If the sewer line is damaged, standing pools of foul-smelling water can show up in your house or yard.

Low water pressure.

Your home’s plumbing is sensitive to changes in water pressure and it requires a careful balance to work properly. If your sewer line gets damaged, your home’s water pressure will drop and your plumbing won’t work as effectively. If this happens, call us so we can inspect and fix your system.

Gurgling pipes.

It’s normal for your pipes to make a small amount of noise when water is running through them. However, if you’re hearing loud gurgling noises coming from your pipes when the water isn’t running, there’s likely trapped air emanating from a crack in the plumbing.

Animals attracted to your yard.

If one of your sewer pipes is damaged, the smell coming from your yard and the pools of septic water might attract unwanted guests. Rodents and insects might be attracted to the smells or the opportunity to use the stagnant septic water for breeding.

Unusually green lawn.

Are parts of your lawn looking particularly green and lush this year? Don’t be so quick to praise the new grass seed. Sewage leaking from your pipes makes great fertilizer, but it’s a fertilizer you don’t want your garden exposed to. Eventually, the bacteria in the water will ruin your lawn and garden.

Cracked foundation.

The last symptom, but an especially worrisome one. If you leave your sewer line damage unchecked, it might cause structural damage to your home. Some of the more extreme symptoms include cracked foundation and even sinkholes. This is a rare symptom for anyone who is good at maintaining their plumbing, but you should call for a professional immediately if you notice your foundation is cracked.

Why should I trust Daniel's Plumbing & Air Conditioning to replace my plumbing?

For almost 15 years, Daniel's Plumbing & Air Conditioning has provided homeowners around Austin, TX with professional home service. Our professionals tough on problems that plague homeowners, but they’re courteous in their homes. We strive to change the public’s expectation of the service trades industry by providing the best customer service and craftsmanship that we can. If you need someone to help you with a broken sewer line, call an expert at Daniel's Plumbing & Air Conditioning today!

By Brian Renadette

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