Is Your Sewer Line Suffering?

Split drainage pipe caused by ingress of tree roots

When you hear the word “plumbing,” chances are you think about visible plumbing fixtures and appliances—your faucets, drains, and perhaps even toilet. This is understandable, as these are components you see every day. But there is one plumbing component you don’t see that warrants some considerable attention, and that’s your sewer line.

While out of sight, your sewer line should never be completely out of mind. If any issues develop with this section of plumbing, you could have a seriously inconvenient and messy problem on your hands. Early detection of sewer line issues is advantageous, so you should be aware of warning signs that something is amiss, which we’ve highlighted below, and be sure that when you do have a problem, you contact a professional plumber in Fuquay Varina, NC.

Foul Odors

This is perhaps the most apparent sign that there is trouble brewing with your sewer line. If sewer odors are wafting through your living space or coming from any of your plumbing fixtures inside or outside, then you need to have a professional plumber inspect your pipes to assess the issue. You might be dealing with a blockage, or you could have a leaking sewer line—neither of these problems are minor so when you smell something funny, don’t hesitate to call for help.

Multiple Backed Up Drains

Do you have a single drain backing up—maybe your kitchen sink or your bathtub drain? If so, then you likely have a clog in that single drain pipe. If, however, you have slow-moving or stopped up drains throughout your whole house, then you are literally looking at a bigger problem—you likely have a sewer line blockage causing widespread backups throughout the living space.

Soggy or Bright Green Patches in Yard

Is there a spot in your yard that is soggy or excessively green in comparison to other parts of the yard? Is it paired with the smell of sewage? Then you may have a leak in your sewer line that is essentially fertilizing that area. Our team will be able to assess and ensure this is actually the case.

What Causes Sewer Line Problems?

When you do encounter a problem with your sewer line, it’s natural that you’d be frustrated. To avoid this in the future, it’s a good idea to be aware of what typically causes sewer line problems so that you can prevent an issue from occurring in the future.

Sometimes, it’s just a matter of old piping. If your plumbing system is 3-4 decades old, or if you aren’t sure of its age, then it’s a good idea to have it inspected. A pretty common cause of sewer line damage, whether we’re talking about old pipes or not, is tree root infiltration.

Even the smallest leak in a sewer line will attract tree roots, which can spread a lot more rapidly than you may be aware of. Once this problem is fixed, it may be wise of you to have your sewer line rerouted so that it cannot suffer the impact of landscaping infiltration again.

Contact One Call Plumbing today for reliable plumbing services! We are “Blending Technology with Traditional Values.”