Most Common Signs That you Have A Broken Sewer Line

Most Common Signs That you Have A Broken Sewer Line

Your sewer line runs from your appliances to the main sewer and carries all the nasty items in your home that you don’t want to think about. It performs an essential service and, most of the time, you don’t even notice or think about it. 

However, the sewer line can be damaged or broken. It may be underground but the pressure of the soil will gradually have an impact. In addition, the age of the pipe can cause it to start to fall apart and tree roots can also puncture and break it. 

You may not realize it but you are responsible for the sewer line while it runs under your property. In short, you need to be able to identify when there is an issue with it and contact your own plumber Sydney. It’s cheaper than the water board handling it for you. 

Clogs & Slow Draining Appliances

Clogs and appliances that drain slowly are a sure sign that there is something wrong with your sewer pipe. The best option is to use a sewer camera to see what is happening. Clogs can occur for a variety of reasons and these will cause your appliances to drain slowly. 

If the clog is due to something being flushed that shouldn’t have been then the pipe may not be broken. But, the clog can be caused by a broken pipe. That means clearing it won’t resolve the issue for long.  The sewer camera will help you to identify the issue.

Distinctive Smell

Decaying feces and wastewater are not good for your health and have a distinct aroma. If you start noticing this in your home or in a specific area of your yard then you may have a broken sewer pipe. The aroma is not being contained and managed as it should be, instead, it is escaping out of the break in the pipe.

This is especially likely if the aroma is near your sewer pipe.

Green Grass

Most people want lush green grass. However, if you notice that the grass and other plants in a specific area, usually close to the sewer pipe, are growing faster and better than the others around them, then they may be feeding off your broken sewer pipe. 

You’ll need to investigate further. Again, the sewer camera is the easiest way to get an accurate picture of what the pipe is doing.  

More Pests Than Normal

Pests are attracted to water and food. Sewer waste has both of these in abundance. Of course, it normally moves quickly away from your home. But, a broken pipe means it’s escaping into the soil and you’ll see an increase in the number of pests visiting your area. 

Foundation Cracks

If a sewer pipe leaks for a long period the water can soften the soil around your foundations. This will cause them to move slightly and you may notice cracks starting to appear in your foundations. 

If this has never happened before you’ll need to suspect there is an issue with the sewer pipe.