4 Signs of Trouble with Your Home’s Sewer Line

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Everything that goes down your household drains must travel through your home’s sewer line. Your sewer line is the essential pipe that connects your home’s plumbing system to the municipal sewer system. Even though these pipes are relatively sturdy, they can eventually deteriorate due to old age or break as the earth shifts around them. Your sewer line can also get clogged with grease, garbage, and even tree roots!

A broken or clogged sewer line can become a significant problem if not dealt with in a timely manner. Don’t wait to contact a plumber to investigate your sewer line if you notice any of the following red flags.

1. Wastewater Backup

If something is blocking the way through your sewer line, then all of the waste and greywater that’s trying to pass through it will get trapped. Because it can’t move forward, this sewage will start to move backward through your home’s drains. It can even start filling up your sinks, showers, and bathtubs. Don’t flush anything or use any water, and contact a plumber ASAP!

2. Foul-Smelling Drains

As mentioned above, when sewage can’t exit your home’s plumbing system, it starts to back up into your home’s drains. When that happens, you’ll typically start to smell the sewage.

3. Slow-Draining Water

When water takes a long time to go down your sink, shower, or tub, then you can bet that a clog is forming somewhere down the line. If plunging doesn’t solve the problem, contact a plumber with professional drain cleaning services.

Avoid using corrosive chemical drain cleaners. If the clog is far down in your drains or in your sewer line, the liquid drain cleaner won’t get rid of it. Furthermore, the concentrated sulfuric acid in many corrosive cleaners can give you chemical burns and even blind you if it splashes on you.

4. Puddles or Green Patches in Your Yard

If your sewer line breaks, it will leak sewage into the surrounding soil. This can make your grass especially green in certain areas or create puddles or wet patches in your yard where there shouldn’t be any. If you notice particularly wet areas that can’t be explained by rain or sprinklers, it’s time to call a plumber.

Don’t postpone a sewer line repair!

If you spot the signs of a sewer line problem, contact our team of friendly plumbers at (281) 815-2772. At Pioneer Plumbing and Septic, we are committed to integrity and professionalism, and we offer same-day appointments and emergency services to help you get your home back on track.

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