Are you a first-time homeowner? Did you know that the sewer line leaving your home is your responsibility now? Although the sewer line beneath a property is the responsibility of the property owner, many people do not realize this until it is too late. Fortunately, there are many signs you can look for that can mean that your sewer line is damaged and needs to be repaired or replaced. Some things that you should be watching for include:
Foul odors: As a sewer line starts to clog or to collapse, this clearly starts to restrict the flow of sewage leaving your home. But it can also alter the path of sewer gases. Instead of being pushed into the city sewer system itself or being vented through the vent stack that leads to your roof, these gases may find their way back into your bathroom. This can make your bathroom smell like raw sewage or like rotten eggs. If you should notice an abrupt change in the odor of your bathroom in the form of a bad odor that lingers for days or for weeks, get a plumber from a company like Brad's Plumbing to inspect the line. Chances are good that a sewer repair is going to be necessary.
Sluggish drains: It's easy to be under the impression that a pipe in need of a sewer repair will be completely clogged, but this is simply not the case. A pipe that is damaged or decayed can easily leak wastewater into the soil surrounding the pipe. This leak will allow the pipe to drain properly, sometimes at an almost normal rate. Just a single sluggish drain is likely to be an issue with the drain itself. But if multiple drains are starting to run slowly, repair or replacement of your sewer line may need to happen in the near future.
Extra-green plants: Plants love raw sewage. Not only is it water, but the sewage is full of a number of nutrients that the plants need. As a result, large bushes or trees that have been planted too close to your sewer line are likely to eventually make use of extremely small flaws in the line, sending their roots inside to absorb the sewer water. This can be relatively minor at first, but will eventually necessitate a serious sewer repair as the roots grow thicker and damage or push the pipes apart. If you start to notice that the bushes or trees in one part of your yard are greener and healthier looking for no apparent reason, it's a good idea to get your sewer line inspected as soon as possible.Share
11 September 2017
I installed a pool about three years ago, and my family has loved having it. My only issue with having a pool in the backyard was the fact that the kids would run through the house soaking wet to go to the bathroom. I decided that it was time for me to invest in a bathhouse by the pool. My husband and I planned to do much of the work ourselves, but needed to hire a plumber to run all of the plumbing from the house to the bathhouse. To find a step-by-step tutorial about building a bathhouse from the ground up, read through our blog.