There’s no need for this year’s spooky season, especially with the Covid-19 to be ruined by some home sewage problems like damaged sewer pipes. With our help, you will be able to identify the top 5 tell-tale symptoms that your sewer line is possibly broken.
#1. Strong Sewer Odor
I’d say a strong and unusual odor is a tell-tale symptom that there is something wrong with your sewer system.
Usually, a sanitary sewer is designed to be airtight, with the exception of vent stacks on your roof that makes way for the sewage to move downhill. But, if there is a crack in your sewer lines, your nose will tell you. And, before this toxic odor creeps into your house, contact a sewer repair professional immediately.
#2. There Are Moldy Areas on Walls, Floors, and Ceilings
Whether it’s the mucky black spots on your walls, the fuzzy white patches on your ceilings or the slick orange film that forms on your basement floors, we can all agree that mold represents more than what the word “unsightly” could mean. At this point, I’d even say every house owner has at least once in their life dealing with mold.
You might not be allergic or sensitive to mold, but a continuous exposure to mold can cause skin, skin, nose, throat and lungs irritation.
Why am I telling you all this?
To inform you that these wet spots on your house’s ceilings, walls and floors can thrive due to a collapsed sewer line or broken water pipe.
See, usually molds only start to appear and grow when the humidity level in a house is more than 55 %. That being said, when the sewer line breaks in and around your home’s interior, the humidity levels rise to the extent of forming mold and mildew spots.
Now, while mold can be seriously annoying and can be extremely harmful to your health, this unsightly problem can also manifest and damage your home’s interior, exterior and foundation.
#3. Sewage Backups and Blockages
I know it’s not fun to think about, but home sewage problems like sewage backups and blockages can happen to anyone, in any home, and at just about any time.
If you are experiencing a backup every time your flush or run water down the drain, it might not be your fault. The problem may lie in your sewer line that is either deteriorating or broken.
However, see whether the problem is concentrated to only one sink, one tub or one toilet. In this case, focus all your energy on getting that particular area fixed. If you are unable to deal with it, get the help of a professional.
#4. Slow Drain
One of the most stubborn plumbing problems in any household has to be the slow drain. The problem is sometimes, how many of us won’t even notice when a sink starts to drain poorly until it reaches the point where it barely drains at all. But, the most shocking fact of life is how much we can tolerate living with a slow drain until we finally decide to do something about it.
Sometimes, the reason behind such slowness might be a little bit of build-up or a huge ball of hair that never really went down. And, when you have only one isolated clog in the house, it’s still not bad. But, when all the drains are clogged, it’s high time you start taking things seriously.
#5. Toilet That Gurgles
Hearing weird noises coming from your toilet right after flushing is not pleasant at all. It’s a clear indication of the hidden enemy of any household.
This gurgling noise can only be produced when air is trapped and being released abruptly. And, of course, if there’s air into your sewer line, it means there’s definitely a leakage.
You don’t have to wait until the molehill becomes a mountain. Deal with the sewer pipe damage before it drowns you and your house.