Your sewer line is one of the most important parts of your home, that is hidden away underground. Its purpose is to carry liquid and solid waste from your home to your septic tank or the local sewer system. As a homeowner, it is your job to maintain your sewer line, which can be a large undertaking, since it is located in the ground. In most cases, fixing leaks and broken pipes requires digging deep into the ground to find the cause and correct the problem. Failure to do so can result in mold, high water bills, unpleasant smells, pest problems, and deterioration of your yard. Here are some of the signs to look for if you suspect that you have a damaged sewer line.

Broken Sewer Pipes

If you have a broken sewer line, you will notice at least one of the following:

  • Damage to the asphalt in your driveway, caused by wet soil underneath the pavement
  • A noticeably greener, more lush patch of grass growing above the area where the pipe is located
  • Pools of foul-smelling standing water in the basement or yard

Blocked Sewer Pipes

The first indication of a blocked sewer line is water draining more slowly than usual from inside the house. As the problem progresses, it is marked by signs such as:

  • Constantly clogged sinks and toilets
  • Bathtubs and showers that get backed up and take a long time to drain
  • White scum deposits around the basement drain
  • The water level in your toilets will lower very slowly over a period of time

A Common Culprit

Many times, the roots of trees and bushes are the cause of damage to sewer lines. As the roots grow over time, they naturally search for water. A sewer line is not only wet but is also full of nutrients that attract the root growth. Once the roots reach the sewer line, they can cause significant damage to the pipes. Root killer can be used to combat root growth from trees and bushes located over your sewer pipes.

Regular maintenance is the best way to stay aware of any potential issues with your sewer line. If you are experiencing any of the problems mentioned here, or need any work done on your sewer, reach out to the plumbing professionals at Harvey Plumbing at (903) 534-5600.