When they are not repaired, concealed leaks not only drive up your water bill and cause considerable damage to your property, but they also have the potential to lead to hazardous health concerns if they are not fixed. When it comes to fixing leaks in pipes, especially sewage pipes, it is crucial to find them as soon as possible and do it as effectively as possible.

A broken sewage line emits multiple signals that may be used to diagnose the problem. When you are aware of the signs to look for, it will be much easier to locate the problem with your sewage line and have it fixed.

Your Plumbing Seems Prone To Clogs

When a sanitary sewer backlog occurs, it often happens at the drain with the lowest open level. In most cases, a clog in the sewage system is to blame for a backup. All drains depend on the main sewage line to function correctly, so if you have a backup whenever you flush the toilet or drain water from the sink or bathtub, the problem is likely in your main sewer line. However, if the clogs are only in a single drain, the issue is probably localized there.

Sewage Odor

If you smell sewage gas in or near your house or building, this is an indication that there is damage to your sewer system. Every part of a sanitary sewer should be airtight, except for the vent stacks on your roof, which let the sewage flow downhill. This means that you shouldn’t smell sewer odor unless your sanitary sewer lines have a hole or crack.

Your Drains Are Slow

If your drain pipes are slow, there could be a blockage somewhere that could cause a backup. If you unclog the sewer line, but the problem keeps coming back, it could be because of tree roots. Don’t use chemical drain cleaners no matter what because they can rust drain pipes made of cast iron or PVC. 

Moldy Spots

Mold growth may also signify that the sewer lines behind your walls are broken. When a septic pipe breaks, water leaks out, and water makes mold grow. So, if you see moldy spots on your walls, floors, or ceilings, especially if they smell bad, it could be because your sewer line is damaged.

Pests Are Everywhere

A sudden rise in the number of insects and rodents can signal that your sewer line is broken. Rats and mice live in sewers and can get into your house through the smallest cracks. The same is true for insects that can get through a gap in a drain pipe and lay their eggs in the still water, which helps them grow quickly. Rodents and bugs can harm your health and need to be taken care of, along with the broken sewer line.

If you’ve had any of these situations with your home or business’s sewer system, you need to call a professional. At Sacramento Repipe & Plumbing, we have the tools to figure out quickly what’s wrong and fix it. Contact us right away, and we’ll get your pipes flowing again.


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