4 Signs of a Sewer Problem

4 Signs of a Sewer Problem
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    If you're a homeowner, you may take the sewer system for granted until you have a problem with it.


However, sewer problems should not be ignored because they can pose risks to the health and safety of your family and possibly the entire neighborhood. Once you have identified that you may have a problem, you can hire professionals who can conduct smoke testing sewer lines to identify the exact cause.

You should stay alert to the signs of possible trouble because, while some are glaringly obvious, others can be quite subtle.

1. Changes in Your Yard

A leak in a sewer line may cause fluid to flow out into the soil. This may cause a puddle or a sinkhole to form due to the saturation and compaction, respectively. Gray or black water from the sewer contains organic materials that nourish plant growth.

The effect is similar to that of fertilizer because that’s essentially what it is. As a result, you may notice an isolated patch of lush green grass in your yard around the area of the leak.

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2. Slow Drain

A clog in the sewer line can cause the water to drain more slowly from sinks, toilets, tubs, and showers. Pay attention to the areas of the house that seem to be affected. If it is only one sink, the problem is probably isolated.

However, if the whole house is affected, that could mean a problem with the sewer line itself. Sometimes tree roots grow into pipes and cause blockages.

3. Bad Smell

The plumbing system in your home includes a number traps and vents. These prevent sewer gas from escaping the drain and flowing back into your home. Instead, the gases redirect through an outlet in the roof.

If you are smelling sewer gas in your home, it means that something has gone wrong somewhere with one of the vents or traps. The smell is pretty unmistakable, so you should be able to recognize it right away.

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4. Increased Bills

Usually, the same utility company handles both water and sewer. If you see a sudden jump in your bills that does not seem justified by your usage, it is a sign of trouble somewhere in the plumbing system.

A jump such as this may be caused if you’ve been running the washing machine more often or watering the lawn more frequently, so pay attention to behaviors such as these from all your household. However, if your behavior has not changed and your bill is still too high, you may want to call a plumber before calling the utility company.

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