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Warning Signs of a Damaged Sewer Pipe

Monday, June 5th, 2023 at 11:00 am

If you were to think about how much your home’s drains and sewer lines get used on a daily basis, it’ll make you wonder how they last so long without developing problems. In a year, the average family drains thousands of gallons of water, sewage, paper products, and grease through sewer pipes. All of this combines to significantly raise the risk of damage to a sewer pipe or the creation of blockages.

Homes that were built in the 1970s or earlier are particularly vulnerable to damaged sewer pipes because these were often made using cast iron. Because sewer line issues are something that no homeowner wants to ever have to deal with, it’s important to know all the warning signs that your home has a damaged sewer pipe. If you ever suspect an issue, be sure to call us for plumbing services in Lacey, WA.

Slow Drainage

Slow drainage is a common plumbing problem that can be resolved fairly quickly. However, if the problem is not resolved after several attempts, it may be a sign of impending sewer pipe damage.

Foul Odors

A sewer pipe that’s doing its job should be able to keep the scent of sewage and sewer gas from ever entering your home. If you notice that distinct odor in your home, it may be a sign that the sewer pipe is damaged or cracked and is immediate cause for concern.

Backups and Blockages

When the backup or blockage occurs in multiple drains in your home, it’s likely due to a sewer pipe issue. If the blockage is accompanied by gurgling noises or you hear your toilets gurgling, it could be a sign that the main sewer line is blocked.

Mold Growth

It may seem strange that a sewer line problem could cause mold in a home, but it can. Sewer lines often run behind walls and above ceilings. If you notice mold in your home, it could be caused by a leaking or broken sewer line.

Also, a clogged or blocked sewer line leaves behind dirty, stagnant water. It doesn’t matter if this water is inside or outside of the drain. The result is conditions that allow mold growth to flourish.

Pest Problems

Do you have an issue with pests such as mice, rats, and cockroaches? A sudden infestation of rodents and insects or continued problems with infestations are strong indicators that you have a sewer line problem. Cracks in your sewer line could be letting these unwanted pests inside your home. 

Lush, Green Grass

Although we live in the Evergreen State, if your lawn is unusually lush and green and you haven’t been using chemicals to get it that way, it could mean you have a sewer line leak in the yard. Wet patches or areas that are bright green are also signs. 

We offer sewer repair services and use the very latest in technology, including in-pipe video surveillance, to fully inspect your sewer lines from the inside and provide you with a full report on their condition.

For professional sewer pipe repair, contact Brooks Plumbing Co. today!

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