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Is Your Sewer Line in Trouble?

Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 11:00 am

sewer-line-troubleWhile you aren’t responsible for your community’s municipal sewer service, you certainly shouldn’t ignore the sewer lines that run from your home to where they connect to that service at the street. You can count on your city to handle the maintenance and repairs of their portion, but it’s up to you to care for your part of the system.

Fortunately, when you do find yourself in need of Lacey, WA drain and sewer repairs, you needn’t look any further than our team. But first, you’d need to know the signs that something is actually wrong. There are a number of issues that can cause sewer line problems, from the growth of tree roots to a backup of waste in the line. Keep reading to learn more about the signs of sewer line trouble.

Foul Odors

Your sewer system is designed to flow one way, naturally—all your waste flows from your home out into the sewer line. Part of this system includes a gas pipe that extends up through your home and out of the roof.

This component is intended to vent sewer gas that rises up through the system without you ever having to smell it. However, sometimes a blockage or stuck valve can divert the sewer gas and cause it to come up through your drains, creating bad smells.

Varying Toilet Bowl Levels

Have you ever noticed that the toilets in your home sometimes appear to have too much water in them, and at other times, too little? This is indicative of a sewer line problem. A blockage in the line can create this fluctuation in the water level. Be sure to call in a professional plumber right away should you notice this.

Slow Draining Fixtures

If your sink and/or shower drain seem to be emptying slower than they should be, it could be a problem with your sewer line. When this occurs, you might be tempted to use a store-bought chemical drain cleaner to clear out the line, but this can be a mistake.

The chemical agents in store-bought cleaner can damage aging pipes, and also may introduce dangerous chemicals to your water supply. Plus, they only provide a temporary solution to an ongoing problem, as the chemical drain cleaner itself can eventually clog up your drain lines and sewer line.

Wet Spots in the Yard

If you notice a wet spot, or multiple wet spots in your yard, first check that you don’t have a broken or clogged sprinkler head. In the absence of this issue, what is likely going on is that your sewer line is damaged and has begun leaking.

Another sign that your sewer line is leaking into your yard is the presence of rodents and other pests. Rats, mice, and many types of insects are attracted to the smell, as well as standing water. If you suddenly notice some unwelcome guests in your yard, it’s time to consider calling in a plumber.

For superior drain and sewer services, contact Brooks Plumbing Co. today!

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