Signs of a Sewer Line Backup on Your Property

sewer-line-plumbingThe sewer line is the main line removing wastewater from the plumbing in your home and moving it to the civic sewer system. Sewer lines are usually buried under the ground in your yard, which keeps them safe from damage and wear from the weather. Unfortunately, when a sewer line backup occurs, you will need to rely on the services of a professional plumber. We carry the most up-to-date equipment and use professional methods to access the sewer line, allowing us to repair leaks, clean out clogs, and address other problems without needing to excavate the pipe.

That, of course, means that you have spotted the signs of trouble with your sewer line and have the wherewithal to call in help. Homeowners should never attempt to formally diagnose a problem with their sewer line. However, they can spot the commons signs that are associated with a sewer backup problem. When that happens, it’s time to call in a professional plumber to receive support.

Signs Of Sewer Line Problems

  • Puddles in the Yard. A leak may produce odd puddles in the yard. They will often appear in spots that have no corresponding cause.
  • Excess Greenery. Plants will use sewage from a clogged sewer line as fertilizer. In some cases, it’s even possible for tree roots to exploit micro fissures in the pipe and shoot roots into the interior of the pipe. Regardless, it will likely result in vegetation that is greener and healthier than the rest of the surrounding lawn.
  • Slow Drains. A clog or backup in the drains isn’t entirely uncommon in most homes. When the sewer line is backed up, however, it will likely leave all of the drains in the home slow or nonfunctional.
  • Mold and Bacteria. Leaks in the sewer line can mean an explosion in mold growth and bacteria in your home. Mold and bacteria are never good signs regardless of the cause and a qualified plumber can usually track down any plumbing-based cause of the problem.
  • Running Water. A leak in the sewer line can produce the sound of running or dripping water sometimes. The sound will usually be localized somewhere where there shouldn’t be any running water.
  • Odd Smells. If you notice obnoxious odors and gases in your home, this is an indicator of a sewer line backup issue. We recommend calling a professional plumber on our team to resolve the issue.
  • Cracks in Concrete. Liquid released from a sewer line can create pressure that damages the concrete of porches and pools, and even affect the foundation of the house itself. Cracks usually indicate a problem that has been in effect for some time.
  • Sinkholes and divots. If the ground around the sewer line backup is saturated with leaking fluid, it can easily shift, which will result in divots in your lawn. In the worst cases, it could actively result in a sinkhole, which can be dangerous if left untreated.

If you have a problem with your sewer line or spot any of the above signs in your Bryn Mawr, PA home, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. today! In addition to sewer line repair, our staff also offers other services for gas lines, kitchen sinks, water heaters, and water lines. Schedule an appointment to receive help with a plumbing issue.

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