Signs of Sewer Trouble

We don’t often give it much thought as homeowners, but we rely on sewer lines every day. Although we’d rather not think about them, it’s crucial to keep all aspects of a home’s wastewater removal system well maintained, even when your home is served by municipal sewer services. Major sewer line issues can be costly to repair. In many instances, they can also be unpleasant to the senses or even hazardous to the health of you and your family.

Thankfully, your sewer system can provide you with several warning signs that there is a potential issue. It is important to know what to look out for and to seek qualified professional assistance if you are experiencing any of these signs of trouble.

Rotten Egg Odor

One of the clearest signs of sewer line issues is a rotten sewage smell that can find its way into your home. It usually smells like rotten eggs, sulfur, or skunk. This smell is created by gases backing up in your drain and flowing back into your home. These gases are not merely stinky, they can also be dangerous to your health since they contain toxic Hydrogen sulfite.

Slow Drainage

Most clogs develop over an extended period of time before they fully block your system. If you notice your drains are getting slower over time, you’re likely on your way to a serious clog. When a clog forms deep in your sewer line, you’ll notice it affecting multiple drains in your home, not just one.

Strange Sounds

A clogged or partially obstructed drain can gurgle unexpectedly. This often happens in the toilet drain when dealing with sewer line issues. This gurgling can happen right after flushing, or even when the toilet has not recently been in use.

Changes in Lawn Appearance or Feel

Normally a lush green yard is a good thing, but if you notice certain patches becoming unexpectedly lusher, this could be due to a slow leak in your sewer pipes. Larger leaks can even create wet, boggy areas or even dangerous sinkholes.

Let Us Help

If you think you are experiencing any issues in your sewer line, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Columbia Drain. We can provide sewer scope inspections that allow us to pinpoint the exact problem in your wastewater lines. Contact us today!

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