As a homeowner, dealing with systems going awry can be frustrating, especially if it’s sewer problems. You may wake up one day and smell a funky odor in your home. Smelling sewer gas is one of the tell-tale signs of a broken sewer line. Here are some other ways to detect this issue.
Is your toilet taking forever to flush? When emptying the sink after doing dishes, is the water taking more time to drain? If you answered yes, then these are the symptoms of slow drainage and a leaking sewage pipe.
If only one appliance in your home is draining slowly, then it may just be a pipe blockage. However, if it’s more than one appliance, then it’s most likely a broken sewer line. Wear and tear could be the cause, or roots from outdoor trees could have broken through the pipes.
Backups and Clogs
If a clog is the cause of water or sewage backup in your home, then it usually only affects one fixture, like your toilet. However, if it’s a sewer leak, sewage will overflow in more than one area.
You can try to unclog your drains with a snake, but if that doesn’t work, you’ll need to call in a professional to fix the issue.
Smell of Sewer Gas
If you have slow drainage and backups in your home mixed with the smell of rotten eggs, then you’re definitely facing a sewer line leak. Sewer gas is high in sulfur and carries a distinct odor and can be toxic.
If you notice the smell is more distinct the closer you get to your drains, then your sewer line is to blame, and it could be a cracked pipe.
Spots of Lush Green Lawn
You may be thinking, “Isn’t having a lush, green lawn a good thing?” in most cases, yes. But in this case, it could be one of the signs of sewer line problems. Look for random patches of vibrant green grass surrounded by dead, brown areas.
The liquid leaked from a broken sewer line actually acts as a beneficial fertilizer for your grass, carrying essential nutrients. Unfortunately, this isn’t the healthiest version of fertilizer because these toxins can build and make their way into the air.
A soggy lawn may not always be caused by a leaking sewer pipe (you may have poor drainage) but here’s what to look for: stinky sinkholes.
A sewer line leak can actually leave you feeling like Shrek living in a swamp, creating marshy conditions.
Insects and Rodents
Even worse, a soggy lawn environment is a magnet for rodents and insects, making your home uncleanly and a space for disease harbouring.
Additionally, if a crack in your sewer line is to blame, rodents can make their way through these gaps and make their way into your home.
Broken Slabs and Wall Cracks
Houses are made to move and shift over the years, but if you notice more cracks than usual in your home’s concrete base, then this may be a sign of sewer problems.
When you have a crack in your sewer line, the fluid can deteriorate the soil that supports your house. It is a big issue if you don’t fix this because as more soil is depleted, the foundation will eventually give away.
Mould and Mildew
Look for wet patterns on your walls, ceilings, and floors. If sewer fluid has infiltrated these areas, it can cause mould and mildew, creating an unhealthy living environment.
Left untreated, it can lead to allergies and your home’s foundation deteriorating.
You Have a Broken Pipe. What to Do Next?
From time to time, it’s normal to have a slow-draining shower or sink from hair and debris build-up. However, if slow drainage is accompanied by water backup, wet patterns, and a foul-smelling odor, you have a bigger issue on your hands. The damage a broken sewer line can wreak on your home can be severe, so we don’t recommend you try to fix the issue on your own.
Call in the experts at Summit Drain and Plumbing and we will take care of you straight away.