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Is Your Sewer Line in Trouble?

Monday, March 19th, 2018 at 11:00 am

water line with leak in itThe sewer line in your plumbing system is the main line that removes wastewater from your home and moves it into the civic sewer system. Sewer lines are typically buried under the ground in your yard, which keeps them safe from damage and wear from the weather.

When trouble crops up, it requires the services of a professional plumber. We carry the most up-to-date equipment and use professional methods to access the sewer line, enabling us to repair leaks, clean out clogs, and address other issues without needing to excavate the pipe.

Of course, this would mean you actually spotted signs of sewer line trouble to begin with, and know that you need Olympia, WA sewer line services. It’s important as a homeowner that you don’t attempt to formally diagnose a problem with your sewer line. However, you can spot the common signs of a problem. When this happens, it’s time to call in a pro ASAP.

Signs of Sewer Line Problems

  • Puddles in Your Yard. Sewer line leaks can produce odd puddles in your yard. They’ll often appear in spots that have no corresponding cause (like a broken sprinkler head or heavy rain combined with bad drainage).
  • Excess Greenery. Plants will use leaking water from a sewer line as fertilizer. In some cases, it’s even possible for tree roots to infiltrate your sewer line through the smallest of fissures in the pipe, and shoot roots into the interior of the pipe. Regardless, it will likely result in vegetation in your yard that’s greener and healthier than the rest of the surrounding lawn.
  • Slow Drainage. A clog or backup in the drains isn’t entirely uncommon in most homes. When your sewer line is backed up, however, it will likely leave all of the drains in the home slow or nonfunctional.
  • Mold and Bacteria. Sewer line leaks can lead to an explosion of mold, mildew, and bacteria growth in and around your home. Mold and bacteria are never good signs, regardless of the cause, and a qualified plumber will be able to track down any plumbing-based causes to this problem.
  • Running Water. You may hear the sound of running or dripping water—even though no faucets are on—if you have a sewer line leak. The sound will typically be localized somewhere where there shouldn’t be any running water.
  • Odd Smells. We probably don’t need to tell you about the presence of gasses and similar odorous components traveling through your sewer line. In the event of a problem, you’ll probably pick up on these smells.
  • Cracks in the Concrete. The liquid that’s released from a sewer line break can create pressure, which damages the concrete of porches and pools, and even affect the foundation of the house itself. Cracks typically indicate a problem that has been in effect for some time.
  • Sinkholes and Divots. If the ground above your sewer line is saturated with leaking fluid, it can shift pretty easily. This will result in divots, sinkholes, and even “puffed up” areas of your yard where water is sitting underneath. If you notice this, the time to call a plumber is

When you’re on the lookout for reliable plumbing services, you needn’t look any further than Brooks Plumbing Co. Contact us today!

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