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Signs That Your Home’s Sewer is in Trouble

7 Signs of a Broken Sewer Line

Your home’s sewer system is one of the most important, yet often overlooked, aspects of your plumbing. It’s easy to take this part of your plumbing for granted until something goes wrong.

Fortunately, there are a few signs that can indicate when your home’s sewer needs inspection and repair. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common signs that your home’s sewer system is in trouble. We will also provide information on how to get help if you think that your home’s sewer needs repairs.

Here are some signs you may have a sewer line problem.

1. Greener Patches of Grass

If you notice greener patches of grass in your yard, this could be a sign that your sewer line is leaking. The leak will cause water to seep into the ground, which will then lead to the grass looking healthier than the rest of your lawn.

2. Gurgling Drains

Gurgling sounds coming from your drains is another significant indicator that there may be a problem with your sewer line. This sound occurs when air is trying to escape from the drain because there is a blockage somewhere in the sewer line.

3. Slow Drains

Slow drains are another common sign of a sewer line issue. If one or more of your drains are draining slower than usual, it’s likely because there is a blockage somewhere in the sewer line. This can cause water to back up into your sink, tub, or shower.

4. Rotten Odors from Pipes:

If you notice a rotten odor coming from your pipes, this is another sign that there may be a problem with your sewer line. This odor is usually caused by sewage that has backed up into your home because of a blockage in the sewer line.

5. Rats! Rodents in Your Yard or Home

Finding rats or other rodents in your yard or home for the first time is not only pretty scary, but it also means that there is a hole or crack in your sewer line. These animals are attracted to the sewage that is leaking from the sewer line, so if you see them in your yard, it’s likely that there is a problem with your sewer line.

6. Frequent Toilet Clogs

Every once in a while your toilet may clog, however, if it becomes a regular issue, you may want to take a closer look. Toilet clogs are usually caused by things like feminine hygiene products, diapers, or paper towels getting flushed down the toilet. These items can get caught in the sewer line and cause a blockage.

7. Sinkholes in Your Yard

Sinkholes are usually connected to sewer line problems and can occur in private sewer infrastructure. A sinkhole appears as a low area in your yard that will seem to be wetter or greener than the grass surrounding it. In some cases, they will appear in areas where you notice your pavement has cracked and formed near a developing sinkhole.

8. Increased Water Bill

An increased water bill is always a clear indication that there is an issue with your home's plumbing. You will recognize that your water bill is higher than normal especially if you haven't done anything differently than normal. If your sewer line is leaking, you will see an increase in your water bill as the water leaks out.

Get Sewer Inspection and Repair by Prime Plumbing!

After you notice these signs, it’s important to get your sewer line inspected and repaired as soon as possible. Sewer line problems can lead to serious damage to your home if they are not fixed.


Prime Plumbing offers sewer inspection and repair services to help you get your sewer line back in working order. We have a team of experienced plumbers who can quickly diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs. Contact us today at (208) 209-7848 to schedule a consultation!
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