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Signs of a Broken Sewer Line

Written by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 12.23.19

Sewer Line

Are your tubs, toilets or sinks easily and continually clogged? If so, it may point to more than just a clogged sewer pipe. It could be due to broken sewer pipes that are buried beneath your yard.

Here is our list of tell-tale signs of a broken sewer line:

1) Easily clogged drains

If you notice isolated backups in just one area of your house, it may point to a clog in the pipe that services the particular fixture. But, if a clog starts occurring frequently, at multiple drains around your house, and sewage is backing onto your floors, you may have a broken sewer line.

2) Soggy or indented lawn

A broken sewer line can make your lawn soggy and greener and lusher in certain spots in your yard. Sewage acts as a fertilizer for your lawn and a broken sewer line will result in a lush and extra green appearance in your yard.

A broken line can also cause your lawn to become indented where the sewage mainline runs.

3) Bad Odors and Rodent Infestation

If you smell sewer gas in or around your house, it could be a sign of crack or leakage in your sewer system. You should never smell sewer odor unless there is a leak.

A broken sewer line can also cause rodent and insect infestation. Rats, cockroaches, flies and other insects can make their way from the swear system into your house much more easily when there is a broken sewer.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of a damaged sewer line, have a qualified professional inspect your property. Contact A. Borrelli today for all your plumbing and HVAC needs.

Topics: Plumbing

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