There are many people who assume that it will be obvious when they have an issue with their sewer line. They assume that water will simply stop going down their drains when something is wrong, but that is not always the case. The following guide provides you with a few ways you can tell that an issue is starting to develop in your sewer system.
Smelling an Odd Odor
If you start to notice an odd, foul odor coming up from your drains that you have not smelled before, there is a good chance that you have an issue with your sewer system. When a sewer system starts backing up, the waste cannot get completely down the sewer line. When this happens, the foul stench of the waste comes back up through the drains, and that is what you smell.
Water Not Draining Quickly
When you flush the toilet or run water in the sink, the water should drain instantly. You should not have to wait for a long period of time for your tub to empty after you take a shower. If this happens, your sewer lines may be blocked or there may be another issue with your sewer system. Water should go down the drain instantly without any issues.
Sudden Change in Your Landscaping
If you notice the other two issues listed above, you should take the time to walk around your yard. If you notice that there is a sudden dip somewhere in the yard that was not there before, an overly saturated area of the ground, or an area that is a brighter green than the rest of your yard, you more than likely have a sewer line issue. If the sewer line has busted, the sewage is going into your yard. This will make it oversaturated and start to cave. Also, the sewage will serve as fertilizer and make the grass grow better than it was before getting the extra dose of fertilizer.
If you think that you may have an issue with your sewer line, it is best to call a sewer repair plumber sooner rather than later. You want to be sure that any issue can be detected when it is a smaller issue rather than waiting until it turns into a more extensive problem. A plumber can inspect the plumbing system and determine what the issue is quickly and easily so that you can decide if it is something you want to fix now or wait to fix until a later date.