Five Signs of a Broken Sewer Line

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Sewer lines are more dangerous than most people realize, possibly rendering buildings unusable. But unfortunately, most property owners don’t know how to spot the signs of a broken sewer line. In light of that, 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

Suppose you regularly hear a gurgling sound from your toilets and drains. In that case, you likely have either a sewer blockage or a broken sewer line. However, if you only notice the sound occasionally, don’t worry too much about it. This sign is only an issue if you hear it often. If this is the case for you, contact us for help right away. Chances are you likely have a severe clog or, even worse, a broken section of the sewer line.

Sign 2 – The Smell of Sewage

If you’ve noticed a strong sewage odor around your property, you have either a sewer leak or a broken line. Sewer gasses cause the smell and should remain within your sewer system. They should stay there, provided nothing is seriously wrong with your system. Contact our plumbing professionals immediately if you notice any sewer gas smells around your property.

Sign 3 – Slow-Moving Drains and Toilets

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

Sign 4 – Backed Up Toilets and Other Plumbing Fixtures

Backed-up toilets or other plumbing fixtures are often due to clogs. However, they can also be signposts for a broken sewer line. If you’ve noticed that your toilets and drains back up regularly,  it’s time to contact a plumber. Otherwise, your damaged sewer line will only get worse.

Sign 5 – Lawn Indentations

When a sewer line breaks, raw sewage seeps into the ground around where the break lies. After the foot soaks up any leaking sewage, it becomes less structurally sound than the soil above. Over time this situation allows a sinkhole to form. You likely have a broken sewer line if you notice indentations in your lawn or an open sinkhole.

Contact Us for Help With Your Broken Sewer Line

If you’ve noticed any of the five signs mentioned, then call us. Regarding fast and reliable sewer line repair services, you can always rely on the sewer specialists here at Streamline Plumbing & Underground Sewer Construction!

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