Water and sewer services

Warning Signs That Your Main Sewer Line Needs Repair

Some of us might fail to recognize sewer line problems until it’s too late. If raw sewage is backing up in your bathroom or kitchen drains, it could indicate a problem with your sewer line. This could result in costly flooring or electrical system repairs. Therefore, it is essential to not ignore your plumbing problems. It is better to contact professionals whenever you notice plumbing problems as they are better equipped with effective tools needed for the tasks. Our team at Call The Plumbing Doctor provides efficient water and sewer services in and around Oshawa.

Here are nine signs of deteriorating or broken sewer line:

1. Sewage Backups and Blockages – A blockage anywhere in the sewage pipe might cause sewer backups in the lowest open drain as all drains rely on the main sewer line to drain properly. If you experience back up every time you run water down your sink or bathtub drain, there could be a problem with your main sewer line. If the backup is limited to one drain, the problem is mostly limited to that drain only. To avoid blockages, avoid flushing objects such as baby wipes and cosmetic products.

If blockages and backups occur repeatedly even after cleaning pipes, check your pipes for underlying issues such as tree root intrusion, misaligned pipe connection or cracks in your pipe which could be allowing surrounding soil in.

2. Sewer Gas Odour – Sewer gas odour in or around your home could indicate problems in your sewer line. A sanitary sewer is airtight except vent stacks on the roof which allows for the sewage to move downhill. So if you smell odour, it is indicative of clogged or broken sewer.

3. Mold Problems – Mold grows in humidity levels of 55 per cent or higher. A hidden cracked sewer pipe can go undetected and result in mold growth.

4. Slow Drains – A slow drain in your bathroom or kitchen is an indication of a sewage backup. If your sink or bathtub is draining slowly even after attempts of clearing the line, it might be due to major issues such as tree root intrusion. Address these issues immediately to avoid problems such as broken pipes.

5. Extra Green and Lush Patches in Grass
– Major sewage leaks underground can promote grass growth in your yard as sewage acts as a fertilizer for vegetation and provides extra nutrients to grass.

6. Indentation in Lawn or Under Pavers – A cracked sewer line consistently saturates the ground, causing the soil to dissipate. This can result in an indentation or dip in your lawn where your main sewage line runs.

7. Foundation Cracks, Settlement and Sinkholes – These are major problems caused by sewer pipe deterioration that hasn’t been fixed for a prolonged period of time. Neglecting foundation problems can result in severe and costly damages. Whenever you notice such problems, you should call professionals for plumbing services.

8. Septic Waste Pooling in Yard – If septic wastewater is pooling in your yard, it is an obvious sign that you have a broken sewer pipe.

9. Rodent Problems – Rodents such as rats or insects such as cockroaches can make their way through cracks in plumbing lines. They could spread many life-threatening diseases such as salmonella infection and Hantavirus. Get your plumbing inspected if you notice insects or rodents moving in or out of your drains, or find their droppings in your bathroom or sink.

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