how do I tell if my sewer line is broken

A broken sewer line is no small issue. There are many causes for a broken sewer line. You might wonder: how do I know if my sewer line is broken? We’re going to answer this question and fill you in on what to look out for. Don’t put off this problem. You need to address it as soon as possible and get a professional inspection

Slow Draining Drains

The most obvious sign that you might have a broken sewer line is slow draining drains. Well, you may think you have a clog. OK, that’s reasonable. If so, grab a plunger and a snake. Try and unclog the drain. If the lines appear to be clear and you even have a plumber check it out, you may have a bigger issue. 

Stinky Odors

Like what happens when a septic tank is leaking or faulty, there will be a smell. If you notice foul smells coming from any drains or from outside, call a plumber. What you may be smelling is waste that fails to drain to the sewer or septic tank. If there’s a strong sulfur smell, you need to check it out. 

Rats & Mice

Rodents in the pipes are a sure sign that your sewer line broke. Rats and mice love to crawl around and live inside drain lines. When broken, they’re full of insects and bugs to eat. That’s another sign: bugs. If you notice spiders or other large insects in the drain, you need an inspection. 

Heavy Vegetation

Is part of your lawn more lush or wet than the rest? The nutrients in waste lines often act as a natural fertilizer for lawns. So, if you ever notice one part of your yard is lusher, get it checked out. 

Call A Plumber To Be Safe

How do I know if my sewer line is broken? You don’t always know for certain. Sewer lines are underground, at least 14 inches deep, usually. That means you could have damage you’re unaware of, unless you dig up the lines. This list serves as a warning guide. If you notice any of these red flags, call Drain Express. We’re drain cleaning and plumbing experts. We use a camera system that thoroughly inspects the internals of drain lines that you can’t see from above ground. 

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