A clogged sewer line has the potential to wreak havoc on your plumbing and do significant damage to your property if it is not repaired as soon as possible. In some cases, it can result in backed up raw sewage coming up out of the drains into your home, leading to the need for expensive sewer and drain line replacement or repair.
With that being said, it is not always obvious that you have a potential problem on your hands. However, being familiar with the most common warning signs for your sewer lines and main drains ensures that you will know what to be on the lookout for. To make this easy, the following provides an in-depth look at what you should look for.
Clogged drains and/ or toilets
According to many people in the industry, clogged drains or toilets are the most common indication of an impending problem. This refers to more than just water backing up in the shower and kitchen drains or a toilet being slow to empty. For example, you may notice a sound similar to gurgling coming directly from the drains. In other cases, you may realize that your toilets begin percolating (almost like a coffee pot) when you have used your washing machine.
Changes in How Your Toilet Flushes
If you begin to notice that your toilet doesn’t seem to flush like it has in the past or frequently needs to be plunged for no apparent reason, this is indicative of potential problem.
You should be aware that you may notice a problem in all drains or in a single drain. If the main sewer line is affected, the entire system will experience problems, but when it limited to just the kitchen sink or bathtub, it indicates a problem with a secondary line.
Changes in Your Yard
There are two changes, in particular, that you should look for. First, if you see an indentation start to form in your yard, there is a good chance that there is a break in your sewer line. Second, it you notice a portion of your yard is soggy, even though it hasn’t rained in ages, it is likely that there are problems with either your sewer or water line.
Water Collecting in Your Home
In addition to puddles of water forming outside of your home, it can also collect in the drains at the lowest point in your house, particularly the basement. In some cases, you may not notice a puddle of water, but an area that is frequently wet or damp for no obvious reason.
Raw Sewage Backs Out of the Toilet or Drains
If you fail to notice the signs listed above or simply choose not to have your drains and sewer lines examined by a professional, the problem will just continue to get worse. Eventually, you will begin to notice raw sewage running out of the toilets and/ or drains. This is a clear indication that there is a problem and in most cases, it will require major repairs or a complete replacement.
If you notice any of the signs discussed above, need to address the problem sooner rather than later.