The sewer line is usually buried beneath your yard, and carries the wastewater from all of the drains in your home to the municipal sewer system for proper disposal. Sewer lines are protected from damage underground, and they tend to last a long time, but problems can still occur. Pipes eventually wear out no matter where they are, and if tree roots or other disruptions cause problems, it can turn into a big problem very quickly.
The good news is that plumbing services can usually treat sewer line problems using trenchless technology, which makes repairs much faster, easier and more effective than excavating the pipe. (This is especially helpful during the winter, when cold or wet weather can make excavation difficult in the extreme.) The bad news is that you still need to notice that something is wrong, and since the sewer line is underground and out of sight, that can be very difficult if you don’t know what to look for. By the time you spot the problem, the damage can be quite severe, and sewer line problems can pose a health risk if contaminated water reaches the surface.
Signs that you need a plumber for sewer line treatment can be subtle, but they are almost always present. If you know what to look for, you can spot them and call in a service to get your sewer line treated swiftly. In most cases, the faster you move the better. It will prevent the damage from spreading and could save you a great deal of money on repairs. They can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Strange Puddles, appearing in your yard. They may have an odd smell to them, and there will not be any ready source of the water.
- Divots, or sudden indentations appearing in your yard. This can be created by soil misplaced by liquid flowing from a leaking pipe.
- Lack of Draining. If the drain lines in your home don’t drain, drain slowly, or actively back up, there might be a problem with the sewer line. In these cases, the problem will affect every drain in your home. (If it only affects one drain, the problem is probably not in your sewer line.)
- Green Trees. Trees and other plants in your yard may be fertilized by a leak in the sewer line, Those plants will likely be much greener than other plants in your yard.
- Strange Sounds. It’s possible that you can detect strange sounds such as dripping or running water in your yard. As with the puddles, these sounds will have no recognizable source.
- Sewer lines are rarely the cleanest of pipes, and if there’s a breach or a leak, you’re apt to pick up the scent.
If you spot any of these signs, turn off the water in your home and refrain from using any of your outlets. Then give the friendly professionals at The Trusted Plumber a call. We perform sewer line repair services throughout Gilbert, AZ, and we’ll get the issue dealt with the right way every time!