All your plumbing fixture’s drains are connected to your sewer line. So, if there is a leak in the sewer drain, there’s a big task ahead of you. However, it’s not always easy to tell whether you have a leaking sewer line or not. To make it easier for you to keep an eye out for leaks, the pros at Leak Finders have a list of some important signs that indicate you have a leaking sewer line.
1. Odors from Plumbing Fixtures
One of the major indicators of a leaking sewer line is strong odors coming from the drains in plumbing fixtures. These odors are indicative of a cracked drainpipe and you should call a plumber as soon as possible as the odors and gases might be toxic. You should never be smelling a pungent odor daily from your kitchen and bathroom drains.
2. High Water Bill
A consistently high water bill also indicates a leaking or broken sewer line. Before you assume its your sewer line, make sure you inspect other parts of your home for leaks. Make sure you look at your toilet tank, showerhead and bathroom and kitchen faucets for leaks as these are the most common areas. If you don’t find anything, you might want to get in touch with a plumber as this might be a sign of a sewer leak.
3. Mold and Mildew
Wet spots around your home such as in your basement, ceilings, walls and floors can be signs of a broken sewer line. Damp areas can lead to the growth of mold and mildew which can cause damage to your home’s interior, exterior and foundation. In addition, mold can cause allergic reactions, especially in people who have asthma.
If you notice that more than one plumbing fixture is getting clogged up or dealing with backups, your sewer drain might be broken or clogged up itself. Try unclogging using DIY methods such as a baking soda, vinegar and hot water mixture or using a plunger or drain snake. If the clogs are particularly stubborn, contact a plumber who can inspect your sewer lines.
5. Soggy Lawn
Signs of a broken drain or burst pipe don’t just show up indoors—they can show up on your front lawn as well. During these hotter months, your front lawn should be dry. However, if you notice it is particularly soggy throughout the day (in addition to smelling bad) chances are there is a leak in your sewer line. If ignored, this can attract insects and rodents which can bring diseases and wreak havoc on your landscape.
There is no one sign that can indicate a sewer leak. If you see a few signs here and there, you should trust your instincts and get in touch with a plumber who can inspect your drains. This way, you can prevent issues in the future and get peace of mind. If you have more plumbing questions, get in touch with the pros at Leak Finders! Call us today at 804-767-3580 or schedule a service online!