Compared to leaky faucets, outdated appliances, and broken sump pumps, your sewer pipe is something you don’t think about until a problem occurs. At that point, the damage is already done. Since a damaged sewer pipe is a complicated problem, it requires a qualified technician to diagnose and repair the system.
How do I know if my sewer line is broken?
Because your sewer pipe is buried, it can be difficult to recognize a problem. However, there are a few tell-tale indicators:
Wet spots in your yard.
A simple crack in your sewer pipe can easily turn into a major plumbing concern. Cracks are the perfect spot for tree roots to grow through into the pipe itself causing a blockage. When the water is no longer directed through the line, it seeps into the surrounding soil, saturating it.
Easily clogged drains.
A slow running drain is already frustrating. Over time a build up of hair, grease, and other objects accidentally flushed can create a blockage. A single incident is normal. If the same drain is consistently getting clogged or blockages occur in more than one location, you may have a larger problem.
Sewer gas odors should be trapped within the pipe, so you should never be able to smell this gas. If gas has permeated your house, you know you have a crack somewhere in the line.
Other, less notable signs.
Other signs you may have a broken sewer include an increase in pests or rodents, foundation cracks, fold, or a spike in your water bill.
How do you fix a broken sewer line?