Five Signs of a Broken Sewer Line

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As unfortunate as it is, several home and business owners’s haven’t a clue when it comes to the signs of a broken sewer line. In light of that fact, the plumbers here at Streamline Plumbing & Underground Sewer Construction have come together and written a list of the five most common signs of a broken sewer line. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

The First Sign – Gurgling Toilets and Drains

If you regularly hear a gurgling sound coming from your toilets and drains, then you likely have either a sewer blockage or a broken sewer line. However, if you only notice the sound on occasion, then don’t worry too much about it. If you see the sound often, however, then contact us for help right away because you likely have a severe clog or, even worse, a broken section of sewer line.

Sign 2 – The Smell of Sewage

If you’ve noticed a strong sewage odor around your property, then you likely have either a sewer leak, a broken line, or both. Sewer gasses cause the smell, and they should remain within your sewer system. That is, they should stay there, provided nothing is seriously wrong with your system. The moment you notice any sewer gas smells around your property (especially if you can’t identify the source), then contact our plumbing professionals immediately.

Sign 3 – Slow-Moving Drains and Toilets

As with gurgling drains, if you’ve noticed slow-moving drains and plumbing fixtures, then you may have a broken sewer line. If you have any slow-moving drains on your property, then don’t hesitate to contact us for sewer inspection services. The faster you act, the less likely your sewer problem will turn into something considerably worse.

Sign 4 – Backed Up Toilets and Other Plumbing Fixtures

While it’s true that a backed-up toilet or other plumbing fixture is often due to clogs, they can also be signposts for a broken sewer line. So, if you’ve noticed that your toilets and drains are regularly backed up with sewage, then it’s probably time to contact a plumber. Otherwise, your broken sewer line will only get worse.

Sign 5 – Lawn Indentations

When a sewer line breaks, raw sewage seeps into the ground around the spot where it broke. After the ground soaks up any leaking sewage, it becomes less structurally sound than the soil above it and a sinkhole forms. If you notice indentations in your lawn or an open sinkhole, then you likely have a broken sewer line.

Contact Us for Help With Your Broken Sewer Line

If you’ve noticed any of the previously mentioned five signs of a broken sewer line, then don’t hesitate to give us a call. When it comes to fast and reliable sewer line repair services, you can always rely on the sewer specialists here at Streamline Plumbing & Underground Sewer Construction! Contact us today!