The sewer line running to your home is buried deep underground, through layers of grass and dirt. This fact makes it troublesome to identify an issue with a broken sewer line without digging up expansive sections of your lawn. Most homeowners, obviously, don’t want that. Furthermore, digging up a sewer line is expensive. If there’s nothing wrong, that’s wasted money. There are surefire signs of a broken sewer line, though. Watch for them!
Easily Clogged Drains
Occasionally, the kitchen sink or bathroom drains may clog. In these cases, a clog is an easy fix. You can even buy safe drain cleaner at the store. However, if a clog occurs at an unusual frequency, that’s a good indication of something wrong. Should multiple drains often clog, you know there’s a problem with the sewer line.
A broken, or leaking, sewer line is often caused by a tree root or a collapse. Should the pipe be leaking, you may notice wet spots in the yard. In especially warm climates, these soggy spots may be more noticeable. On occasion, walk the length of your yard and examine the grass if you’re worried about the sewer line.
We’re talking about the sewer line, of course. Strange smells are a surefire way to tell when something has gone wrong. You won’t always see a problem, but you could smell it. The scent of sewer gas is strong enough to permeate an entire house. It’s also a telltale sign of a clogged sewer line. If the odor is worse in the yard, a sewer line break is more likely. Repairs will be required.