Though they’re often overlooked, sewer lines dictate the performance of your home’s plumbing. These underground pipes transport wastewater away from your bathroom and kitchen. If sewer issues disrupt this process, contaminated water and other contaminated substances may accumulate in your plumbing system.
But how can you know if the sewer is at fault? You’ll need a camera inspection to be certain, but the issues below are typically attributed to clogged, cracked, misaligned or otherwise damaged sewer lines.
Gurgling Sound from Drains
If you notice a gurgling sound emanating from your kitchen or bathroom, a sewer issue is probably disrupting water flow in your pipes. You can try a DIY solution like flushing hot or boiling water down your drain, but, if the noise persists, you’ll need professional assistance either for a pipe inspection or deep drain cleaning.
Is your sink or bathtub clogging up way more often than usual? It’s easy to write it off as too much hair down the drain, but the cause may run deeper.
You may be experiencing a sewage backup, meaning your sewer line is completely blocked, sending wastewater back up your pipes and into your home.
Maybe your sink or tub isn’t completely clogged, yet water seemingly drains slower than before. This indicates something (like oil, paper towels or even tree branches) is partially barring the water flow.
When wastewater returns to your home, it typically brings back nasty smells too. A gassy smell merits immediate attention, as sewage fumes like hydrogen sulfide can cause dangerous medical issues.
Therefore, if you’re constantly covering your nose when you pass the bathroom, you’ll need a sewer line inspection stat.
Low Water Levels
Low water levels are among the most common symptoms of sewer troubles. In particular, if you notice your water level shifting each day, it could signal extensive pipe damage. Your sewer lines may be alternating between accepting and pushing back liquids, leading to intense water level fluctuations.
Extreme water fluctuations may lead to an overflow. If too much liquid rises in your toilet, tub or sink pipes, wastewater may flood your bathroom, leading to a disastrous mess. Sewage overflows can be attributed to severe pipe blockages or a damaged septic tank, both of which can only be identified with professional help.
Septic Tank Flooding
Flooding may occur outside of your home too. If you notice wastewater bubbling up in your yard, septic tanks just below your grass have probably ruptured.
Though this may not seem as repulsive as an overflow in your bathroom, this outdoor wastewater can still harm your family’s health and should be addressed immediately.
Scheduling a Camera Inspection
Many homeowners are tempted to rely on DIY hacks or store-bought chemicals to address their plumbing problems. However, if the issue lies deep below your home, these surface-level solutions won’t cut it.
Our team at Mr. Plumber DFW uses minimally invasive camera inspections to spot sewer line damage, allowing us to target the exact cause of your pipe troubles.
Request a service appointment today to defend your home against dangerous sewer issues.