4 Signs Your Sewer Line Is In Need Of Repair

January 19, 2017

Tacoma sewer line repairThe health of your sewer line might be something you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about, but if your sewer line is damaged and you don’t take the proper steps to have it fixed, it can cause extensive harm both inside and outside of your home. The sewer line in your home helps to carry waste water from your home down to the sewer mains, and when that flow is disrupted in any way, you could very quickly wind up with a backup of raw sewage into your home or yard.

This backup of raw sewage can cause considerable damage to your property and even endangering the health of you and your family. It can be difficult sometimes to know when your home’s sewer line is in need of professional attention, but luckily there are several warning signs you can be on the lookout for to help avoid serious sewer line problems before they have a chance to develop into something worse.

Clogged Toilets & Drains

The most common warning sign you will notice when your sewer line is having issues is water oozing out of the toilet plumbing or drain. You may also notice a gurgling sound coming from the drains. If you notice, for instance, that after running your washing machine, your toilet or drains start making a sound like a coffee pot percolating or you find water all over any floor drains you may have, sewer line repairs are probably something you want to start looking at very soon.

Water Level Fluctuations

Another clear indicator that your home might have a sewer line problem is if you notice the water level in your toilets fluctuating regularly. These are fairly easy to notice as long as you are paying attention, luckily, which makes this the quickest way to diagnose whether you have a sewer line issue or not. If you are noticing that the water level in your toilets are constantly going from high one day to low the next, it is time to call in the professionals. Letting an issue like this go for any length of time can very quickly result in serious damage to your home if the problem isn’t addressed in a timely fashion.

Foul Smells Where They Shouldn’t Be

When the sewer line to your home is damaged, odds are that you will start smelling some fairly unpleasant odors fairly quickly. You may also notice a clanking sound when water is emptying from your plumbing fittings. This is most likely caused by sewage dripping out of the pipes, and you should not hesitate to contact a professional in this instance. If you can find any problems like this when it is still just a leak, you may well be able to avoid a plumbing disaster.

Tree Roots

Believe it or not, tree roots are the main trigger of a blocked sewer line, especially in older homes. In many newer homes, issues like paper towels that have been flushed, hygiene products, and certain types of toilet paper can cause blockage, and should definitely not be disregarded. If you are noticing slow flowing drains or gurgling sounds coming from your toilet, the chances are good that your sewer line has suffered some damage from tree roots. If you don’t address the problem quickly by your Tacoma plumber, you could be looking at full blockage in a very short amount of time.

If you are looking for a plumbing contractor in Tacoma, give us a call at 877-694-5176 or fill out our online request form.



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