Sewer lines are the unsung heroes in your household. Buried deep below your property, this crucial tool is responsible for clearing your septic tank. We don’t have to tell you how necessary this is to keep your home happy.
Of course, sewer line maintenance is the homeowner’s responsibility. Even though you can’t see it, you have to regularly call in a professional to keep it in working order. If it gets neglected for too long, your whole neighborhood could suffer the stench that comes from a clogged or damaged sewer line.
To help you, we’ve put together some telltale signs that your sewer pipe is not doing as well as you would like. If you notice any of these issues, it’s high time to call the team at Yoder Plumbing.
Flooding Yard or Basement
There are other, less serious-looking signs that might crop up before this, but we need to discuss flooding first because it’s one of the most urgent signs of sewer line damage you can experience.
If your sewer line leaks badly enough, it can cause serious flooding either in your basement or even in parts of your yard. When you notice something is off, always check your basement first to prevent and minimize damage to your house. Severe sewage backup usually starts there, so keep an eye out and make sure you have Yoder Plumbing on speed dial.
This is a seemingly minor but very obvious sign that it’s time to repair or replace your sewer line. Waste is supposed to stay inside your sewer line. So if your home or yard is starting to smell like a septic tank, you definitely need to investigate the rest of your house and yard.
Unpleasant sewage smells can be a sign that your sewer line is seriously damaged and in need of repair. So make sure you call Yoder right away if you notice sewage smells around your property.
Are you suffering from backed-up sinks and toilets, even though you know the pipes themselves aren’t clogged?
All your drains feed into this line, so one blockage here can affect your whole house. One backed-up tub may just be a sign of hair-induced clogs, but multiple, frequent instances of slow-draining water throughout your house signals that it’s time to check your sewer line.
Changes in Your Lawn
Your land may have been mostly level when you first bought your house, but over the years, the natural shifting of the ground can cause sinkholes to form and the soil beneath your sewer line to drastically shift. These slow, gradual changes can build up over time and push the sewer line out of position.
When shifting ground disrupts your sewer line, your yard starts to look different. You may see more puddles of standing water, or patches of unusually lush grass where the sewer line has leaked. These are all signs that you either need to replace the sewer line or call Yoder Plumbing for a less invasive solution called pipe-lining.
Keep your sewer line intact with Yoder Plumbing!
We know that this sounds like a lot, but never fear. Maintaining and repairing your sewer line doesn’t have to be a hassle. By paying attention to the telltale signs, you can become sewer line savvy and call us in before a problem has the chance to escalate.