Signs That Mean You Have a Sewer Line Issue


Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t realize they have issues with their residential sewer line until there’s raw sewage water flooding their home or backyard. With the plumbing lines mainly being “invisible” and out of sight, we don’t know what’s happening to the plumbing system until it’s too late. The problems themselves don’t manifest visibly until it’s too late.

Your home’s sewer line discreetly moves wastewater away from the drains to the main sewer in the city. And it’s great that we don’t have to think about our sewage system; that is, until something goes wrong.

Still, there are a few signs that can alert you ahead of a major disaster.

Frequently Clogged Drains

Have you been experiencing recurrently clogged drains? Do the toilets clog up for no obvious reason? This indicates that there is a blockage in the sewer line that is making it hard to flush the toilets. Multiple clogs at the same time also mean something’s up. If your toilet isn’t flushing and at the same time your bathtub isn’t draining, that could be a big issue.

Sewage Backups

A sewage backup is a nasty surprise for any homeowner. If you’re experiencing a backup every time you run water down the sink or drain or flush a toilet, the problem could be in the main sewer line. Regular backups can be a sign of damaged sewer lines. A sewer video inspection can detect what’s causing the backups.

Sewerage Gas Odor

If you can detect a sewerage gas odor inside or around your house, this is a redflag that there’s a crack in your sewer lines. A sanitary sewerage line will be properly sealed and airtight except for the vents that allow the sewage to move. But if you start to smell a foul odor, chances are the sewer line could have cracked.

Mold Growth

In addition to foul odors, another indicator of a malfunctioning sewer line is mold growth in the walls. A burst sewerage line can let water seep into the walls, creating ideal conditions for mold and mildew to start growing. If you notice mold on the walls accompanied with sewer odor, you most likely have trouble with the sewer line.

Soggy Spots in the Yard

Have you been noticing wet spots in your garden around the sewerage line? Soggy areas can mean there’s a leak in the line that’s oozing out wastewater into the yard. Another sign that indicates a broken sewer line is when some parts of the yard are greener than others.

About Pro Serve Plumbers

If you suspect trouble with your sewer line, don’t waste time and call us immediately. Our licensed plumbers at Pro Serve Plumbers based in in Fort Worth, TX can visit your home and look for signs that may be causing trouble. Our emergency plumbing services in Fort Worth will fix your sewer line right back up.

Call us now at 817-244-0614!