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How to Detect a Damaged Sewer Line

split-sewer-line-pipeYour sewer line is a part of your plumbing system that you’d probably prefer to never deal with it. We get it! We wish you never had to think about it at all—which is pretty easy to do since it’s out of sight (and out of mind).

Like any plumbing pipe though, a sewer line wears down, and it can suffer damage from clogs or leaks. There are a number of solutions available for sewer line damage so long as you contact a professional plumber in Des Plaines, IL, but first, you’d have to know that you even have a sewer line problem, right?

How Can You Tell if You Have a Damaged Sewer Line?

When something goes wrong with your sewer line, there are a number of warning signs you can watch out for. Some are pretty noticeable, but many are pretty subtle! If you notice any of the following indicators of a sewer line problem, please don’t hesitate to contact our team!

  • Foul Odors from Your Drains: If you have a single drain that is smelly, it’s probably limited to just that drain, and you can use a home remedy like baking soda and vinegar to relieve the odor. If, however, you’re detecting an odor from the drains throughout your home, then it’s very likely that you have a sewer line clog. The odors might even be accompanied by gurgling, which is the gas bubbling up through the water in the p-trap of your drainpipes.
  • Backflow into Sinks or Tubs: Have you ever noticed that you flush a toilet, and water comes up through the shower drain or sink drain? This means that something is stopping proper water drainage, and it could be your sewer line.
  • Water Moisture around Basement Drains: If you notice water around the drains in your basement when no water has recently gone down them, it may be a sewer line blockage or break.
  • Green, Lush Patches of Grass on Your Lawn: A sewer line leak allows nutrient-heavy wastewater to rise to the surface. This causes rapid growth of grass and landscaping, with darker green colors. If this happens along the path where your sewer line is located, you’re almost certainly looking at a sewer line leak.
  • Clogged Drains around the Home: Similar to the foul odors we mentioned above, a singular clogged drain usually isn’t cause for concern. You may be able to relieve it with a plunger, and if not we can come in with a drain snake or hydro-jet. But if you have clogged drains throughout your entire home, you’re looking at a sewer line problem.

If you suspect you have a sewer line problem, the best thing you can do is contact our professional plumbers. Sewer lines are one of those things you simply cannot manage on your own. You need an experienced team who can handle your sewer line needs as unobtrusively and effectively as possible!

For expert plumbing service, installations, or maintenance contact Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Our knowledgeable plumbers serve the North Shore and Northwest Chicago suburbs. Rely on Reliance!

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