Although it is an unpleasant thought, there may come a time when you will need to consider a sewer line repair. Unfortunately, the vast networking of pipes that live within our walls and dwell beneath our floorboards are prone to the same wear and tear as any other component in our homes. Occasionally, you may find yourself patching a leak or two here and there but sometimes pipes simply break and must be replaced. This of course, includes your sewer line. Luckily, there are a few telltale signs you can look for to see if you need a sewer line repair or are simply dealing with a clogged drain. Some of the steps you can take to assess if one of your pipes has broken are as follows:
1. Check for standing water- If you know where your sewer line is in your yard you can check to see if the ground around the line is damp and soggy or if there are is any standing water. If there is, there is a good chance that your sewer line may have been ruptured.
2. Notice any sewer odors- Another sign of a broken sewer line is if you can smell sewage odors in your yard around the area where your sewage line is located. This is typically a sign that your sewage line has broken and will likely need to be replaced or repaired.
3. Flush your toilet- Another simple test you can conduct is to flush your toilet. If after you flush the toilet bowls water level does not raise back to it’s original point you may be dealing with a broken pipe or a partially clogged pipe.
4. Check for slow drains- If your shower or sink is starting to drain more slowly than normal or if water starts to come back up out of the drain you may be dealing with a broken or clogged sewer line.
The four steps outlined above can help you assess if you are in need of a sewer line repair. Of course, if you have any additional questions or concerns we fully recommend getting in contact with the plumbing experts at Black Diamond Services!