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Warning Signs Of A Sewer Line Problem

Warning Signs Of A Sewer Line Problem


If you have a sewer line problem, it’s best to get it taken care of sooner rather than later. But how do you know when there is a problem? These warning signs all suggest problems in your line that need to be taken care of before you have an even bigger problem on your hands.

Slow Drains - when one drain is slow to remove water, it may be a sign of just a clogged drain. However, when you see that more than one drain is moving slowly, it is a sign that your main sewer line is the problem. Somewhere there is a blockage that is causing your drains to back up. Beware of using harsh chemicals when trying to clean out your drain as they can eat at and erode the cast iron or PVC pipes. If you find that your drains are backing up on a regular basis, even after being properly cleaned out, then your problem is likely a break somewhere in the sewer line.

Sewer Gas Odor - Your sewer line should be airtight everywhere except for the vent stacks in the roof which are meant to allow the gas to expel outward. This means that if you can smell the sewer odor, you have a crack somewhere in your system.

Mold, Rodent or Insect Infestations - Cracked sewer lines allow a host of unwelcome organisms into your home. When cracks form behind walls, humidity levels rise to the point that allows mold to grow. Rodents can squeeze through cracks the size of quarters and insects like cockroaches can get in through cracks even smaller than that. All of these unwelcome guests have the potential to cause health problems for those living in and visiting your home.

Signs In Your Yard - Sewage is an excellent fertilizer. If you have a leak somewhere in your yard, you will notice that a small area of your grass has become extra lush and green due to the excess nutrients it is receiving. You may also find that you have a pool of septic waste building in your yard. This pool could be due to a broken septic tank, clogged drain field or a cracked mainline. Either way, the problem is likely located directly under the septic waste. You may also notice that you have an indentation in your yard. Consistent saturation of the ground may cause the soil to dissipate and thereby causing a dip in your yard. Any leaks that go untreated for extended periods of time can create voids underneath your foundation which will lead to sinkholes, settling and cracks in your foundation.

If you find that you are experiencing a sewer line problem, get it fixed as soon as possible to avoid causing further damage. Call ASAP Plumbing today at 228-865-2727 or visit www.plumbinggulfportms.com and request a free estimate! We can handle all your plumbing needs including installation, repair and full water heater replacement.

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