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Signs of Sewer Line Problems in Central Oregon

There are many signs of a sewer line needing repairs or replacement services. If you think you have a problem with your main sewer line, it is best to get it fixed in the early fall before the coldest months of the year start.

  • Your sinks or toilets drain slowly. Slow draining is a problem that could be because of clogs in secondary lines or the main sewer line. You could also have issues with all your pipes clogging because they haven’t had preventative maintenance. Drain cleaning can help you fix your slow drains.
  • If you notice that the water in your toilet changes levels, then you may have a sewer line clog. These changing levels may go unnoticed unless the water is extremely low. If you notice this happening, you should have your pipes inspected before you have an issue with sewage backing up.
  • If you notice more rats, mice, or insects in your yard and around or inside your home, it could be that a broken sewer line attracted them to your property. Inspect your yard regularly for wet spots or sewage smells.
  • You may notice that there is an area of your yard that has brighter and bigger plants. A sewer line will feed the roots of a plant and make them grow faster. Plants get much-needed nutrients from sewer lines in the fall months when they are dormant, but the root system still grows.
  • You may notice water damage, mold, or mildew in your home. You may also see cracks in the walls or foundation of your home. A sewer line with a crack or broken area that goes unnoticed, or is close to a building, can cause significant structural damage and an expensive clean-up process.
  • If you notice that your pipes are emitting sounds or sewer gas smells, then you should have them cleaned and get your sewer line inspected. While it may just be a clog in your main line, you could also have a small crack that needs repairs. Waiting means you may have to replace your main sewer line later.