Common Signs That Your Main Sewer Line Is Leaking

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
Signs that you need plumbing repair and maintenance in Amarillo, Texas

The drains throughout your home all lead to one main sewer line. This busy channel is not equipped with alarms that alert you to trouble. When your sewer line develops a problem, do you know how to tell? The following signs will help you determine if your main sewer line is leaking.

Unpleasant odor

If you can smell an unpleasant odor coming from behind your walls, it may be mold and mildew. A leaky sewer line creates the perfect environment for mold growth around indoor drains. You may be able to smell the same odor outside where faulty pipes leak waste water into your yard.

The presence of rats

Rats are attracted by the unpleasant odor of a leaking sewer line. A rat’s sense of smell can bring them to your home before you even detect the issue in your plumbing. If rats suddenly appear in your backyard, you may have leaking sewer pipes.

Cracks in your foundation

Do you have cracks in your home’s foundation? These cracks may be the result of shifting ground caused by leaking sewer lines. Water pools in the areas around the leak and saturates your soil, undermining your foundation’s integrity. A sewer leak can buckle sidewalks, patios, and driveways as well. Although it is not likely to happen, cracks in your foundation can cause moist floors if the crack is at slab level and the pipe breaks completely.

Fixing a sewer leak of this type is extremely important, because your foundation supports multiple facets of your home. Repairs should be made by a professional plumber and will include finding the leak, making spot repairs, and replacing any damaged sections of pipe or relining the pipes. A sewer camera inspection is one of the best ways to detect a sewer leak. Viewing the pipes from the inside can give your plumber a detailed look at how damaged they actually are. After the inspection is complete, your plumber can come up with a plan to repair everything with minimal disturbance to your home.

If you think you may have a leak in your sewer line, contact the professionals at Cole’s Plumbing. We use the best and most up-to-date technologies to diagnose and repair your plumbing system. Our plumbing experts provide the best Services in the Texas Panhandle. Call us today at (806) 367-5159 or Contact Us by email to learn more about how we can help you.