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How to Find Hidden Sewer Line Problems

The sewer line is typically buried a couple or few feet underground and is out of sight and out of mind for many property owners. Responsible property owners schedule periodic inspections and routine maintenance, but mindful ones keep their eyes - and nose and ears - peeled for signs of trouble.

In this brief article brought to you by Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we share some tips on detecting and identifying hidden sewer line problems. If you’d like to have a plumber investigate, or if you need urgent plumbing service, then call Rooter Hero to speak with a member of our team today.

Visual Signs of Sewer Line Problems

  • SOGGY OR SUNKEN AREAS: Keep an eye out for soggy or sunken areas in your yard, particularly near where the sewer line is buried. These can indicate a leak or break in the sewer line, causing soil erosion and water accumulation.
  • LUSH, GREEN PATCHES: While green patches in your yard may seem appealing, they could signal a sewer line leak. Sewage acts as a fertilizer, leading to unusually lush and green areas of grass or plants above the line.
  • CRACKS OR SINKHOLES: Notice any cracks in your driveway, patio, or yard? These could be caused by shifting soil due to sewer line problems. Similarly, sinkholes or depressions in the ground may indicate a collapsed sewer line.

Does Something Smell Fishy?

One of the most obvious signs of sewer line issues is a persistent foul odor in or around your property. If you detect a sewer-like smell, especially outdoors or near drains, it could indicate a leak or blockage in the sewer line.

Sewer line leaks can sometimes release methane gas, which has a distinct odor similar to rotten eggs. If you notice this smell, it's essential to address the issue promptly to prevent potential safety hazards.

“Sounds of Trouble”

Gurgling noises from sinks and drains is a tell-tale sign of trouble. When using sinks, toilets, or showers, listen for gurgling or bubbling sounds coming from drains. These noises can indicate air trapped in the sewer line due to blockages or improper venting, signaling a potential issue.

If you experience slow drainage in multiple fixtures throughout your home, it could be a sign of a clogged sewer line. Persistent slow drainage despite attempts to clear individual drains may indicate a larger problem.

Backups in sinks, toilets, or showers are clear indicators of a sewer line blockage. Immediate action is necessary to prevent sewage backups into your home.

Schedule a Professional Inspection Today

Schedule regular inspections by a trained plumber, especially if you notice any of the mentioned signs – or if your sewer line is aging. Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air is proud to serve the area with reliable and affordable plumbing service. Call us today to ask about prices and fees, schedule an appointment, or request urgent assistance.

Rooter Hero Plumbing is proud to offer emergency sewer repair, so feel free to call at any time of the day – or night. Our local plumbers are ready when you are.

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