While it is entirely possible that you can perform many plumbing repairs yourself, a sewer line is not something to mess around with. In fact, any trouble with your sewer line should be dealt with professionally and promptly. The longer you wait, the worse off the situation is likely to become. It is not uncommon for a busted sewer line to lead to a sewage backup or water damage, which may cost thousands of dollars in repairs. It’s best to catch the problem early. These telltale signs should indicate when you need a sewer or water line inspection. Schedule an inspection now to alleviate some of the headaches later!
Signs of Water Main Problems
Here are some of the most common signs that you need to schedule a water line inspection.
- Discoloration – If you start to notice signs of discolored water stemming from the faucets, showers, or toilets, then it’s likely an issue with the water line. This discoloration is caused by rust, worn-out anode rots, or old pipes – all of which should be dealt with soon. But first, you’ll need a full diagnosis.
- Water Pressure – If you hop in the shower and are instantly greeted with low water pressure, it’s usually a sign of a leak or buildup in the line. Both will require an inspection to determine the location and severity of the problem.
- Wet Patches – If you spot damp or wet spots around your home that cannot be attributed to rain, it’s likely the water line leaking underground. To truly determine if this is the case, you’ll need to schedule a water line inspection immediately. It will only worsen with time.
Signs of Sewer Line Problems
If the problem lies within the sewer line, then there are signs that would indicate it. These include:
- Foul Odors – With a main water line leak, the water is generally clean and clear. With a sewer line leak, it produces muddy, brown-colored water that has a foul odor. You’ll notice this odor around your lawn or seeping in through the drains.
- Overflowing Toilets – If the toilets in your home overflow frequently, chances are it’s a main sewer line problem. The line may have been penetrated by a tree root or is severely clogged and choked.
- Sunken Lawn – Along with noticeable puddles of water around your lawn, a break in the main sewer line is liable to cause a sunken patch at the site. The pipe itself has likely become bellied from settling and is releasing waste, water, and paper into the ground. This mixture is causing the soil to soak and warp.
If you spot any of these signs around your home or yard, please do not hesitate to call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio for sewer or water line inspection services. You can reach us anytime by calling 210-876-1629!