To answer this question, it first helps if you understand what pipe relining is. This describes a process where we insert, through trenchless technology, an inflatable lining that hardens once it’s inserted into your sewer line. This is the easiest way to fix leaks and other damage that may have occurred to your sewer line.
Most homeowners don’t really think about this much, but the sewer line of your plumbing system is probably the most important part of your plumbing system, removing wastewater from your home safely and hygienically.
Sewer lines are usually buried beneath the yard, which keeps them unexposed so they’re less likely to suffer from damage that can come due to weather-related wear and tear or animals. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean they’re immune to problems, and those problems can be hard to spot since the sewer line is underground.
So how can you spot sewer line trouble, such as a leak?
Puddles in Your Yard
Sewer line leaks will often produce odd puddles in the yard—meaning puddles where there shouldn’t be puddles. If you see standing water but there’s no explanation for it like rain or a broken sprinkler head, then it’s probably time to give us a call.
Excess Greenery in Your Landscaping
The grass and plants in your yard can and will use a leaking sewer line as a source of fertilization. As we’ll talk about more below, it’s even possible for tree roots to break through and create cracks in your pipes.
Slow Moving Drains
A backup in your drains or a clogged up pipe isn’t that uncommon for the average home. When the sewer line is backed up though, it will probably leave all the drains in your house nonfunctional or at least slow. This is absolutely not something that should be ignored if it occurs in your home.
Mold and Bacteria Growth
Leaks in the sewer line can and will create an explosion of mold growth and bacteria in the home. It’s never a good sign to see mold growth on your property—mold and mildew can make you sick, especially if you already suffer from allergies or asthma, or if anyone else in your household does.
A sewer line leak can produce the sound of dripping or running water sometimes. This sound will typically be localized somewhere where there shouldn’t be any running water.
As you are likely very well aware, there is a high amount of gasses and similar odorous particles that travel through the sewer line. If there is a blockage or backup with this plumbing components, you’ll likely pick up on these strange odors.
Cracks in the Foundation
Any liquid that’s released from a sewer line can create pressure that damages the concrete of porches as well as pools, and can damage the foundation of your home itself. Cracks usually are indicative of a problem that’s been around for a while.