Signs That You May Have A Problem With Your Sewer Line

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Sewer lines carry water from your sinks, shower, and toilet away from your home, but what happens when there is a problem with the line? A backed up or damaged sewer line will give you some signs that there is a problem you cant see somewhere in the system. Consider calling a sewer cleaning company or a plumber if you notice any of these signs or symptoms. 

Odor of Sewer Outside

If you have an odor of sewage outside your home, the chance that there is a broken line somewhere nearby is pretty high. Walk around the yard and try and narrow the smell down to determine if its in your yard or somewhere else in the area. By itself, an odor of sewage without any other signs may indicate that the line leaving your home has a break in it and the sewage is seeping into the ground. 

Wet Spots in the Yard

Wet spots that suddenly appear in your yard are something that needs to be investigated. If you have a broken sewage pipe, these wet areas will also smell bad. Sometimes you won't see an actual puddle, but the grass and plants in that part of the yard may grow better or be more vibrant. Because sewage acts as a fertilizer to the lawn, a line that is leaking into the soil can produce areas of grass that are noticeably greener or healthier looking than the rest of the yard.  

Slow Drains 

One slow drain by itself is not an indication of a sewer line problem, but if you have multiple drains that are not draining properly, you may have a blockage in the sewer line. If this is the case, you will need to call a plumber to come out and clear the line for you. A blockage in the sewer line leaving your home is not something that can be removed easily and will require running a power auger or snake through the line.

Water Back Ups

Drains that have water backing up out of them is a sure sign that there is a sewer line issue in your home. Often the water will appear after water has been run or a toilet has been flushed somewhere else in the house. One clogged drain will not cause this to happen so if you see water coming out of the drains or hear a gurgling noise in the drains, it is time to call a plumber and have the sewer line checked for blockage.

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