The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the average American household uses 300 gallons of water every day. All the drains in your home are designed to whisk away this wastewater into one large pipe called your sewer drain. In most homes, this drain is buried deep underground, making it difficult to detect when something is wrong with your sewer system.
Let’s look at some of the red flags of a sewer line problem:
Since all of your drains connect to your sewer line, multiple clogged drains might indicate a serious clog further down in your sewer pipe. While this might not mean you need to completely replace the pipe, it’s an early warning sign that you should have a professional plumber take a look.
Soggy or raised patches in your yard
If your sewer line has sprung a leak, a lot of water will be soaking under your yard. If you see your lawn is wet even when it hasn’t been raining, that’s usually an indication of a sewer leak beneath your feet.
Unusually lush patches of ground
Lots of water underground will also cause the surrounding plant life to flourish. If you notice patches of grass or plants that are growing especially rapidly or vibrantly, their roots may be soaking up water leaking out of your sewer line.
Noticeable sewage odor
Needless to say, the water in your sewer line has a distinctly unpleasant smell. If you notice sewer odors coming from the drains inside your house or a sewage smell anywhere around your yard, you may have a leak in your sewer line.
Any of these issues are indicative of trouble with your sewer line and you should contact a plumber as soon as you become aware of them. If there’s a large enough leak, it’s time to replace your old drain line with a new one. Contact a plumbing expert to evaluate the scope of the problem.
You may assume that a sewer line issue is confined within the boundaries of your property lines. However, in California, homeowners are responsible for maintaining the lateral pipe that connects your home to the main sewer line, which is typically located in the street. This is where costs can begin to add up, especially if you are one of the unfortunate homeowners with an insurance policy that doesn’t fully cover the cost of sewer line replacement.
Sewer replacement can seem like a huge setback. But at Mr. Rooter, we’re here to help restore your peace of mind and resolve your plumbing difficulty as soon as possible. We’ll work with you to recommend the best solution to any plumbing need.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing is proud to provide a wide range of high-quality residential and commercial plumbing services in the San Francisco area. We specialize in all types of plumbing repair and restoration, including drain cleaning and clog remediation.
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About the Author: Stan Pomichter, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of San Francisco
Stan has been a trusted Mr. Rooter owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of San Francisco since 2016. With years of experience to back him, Stan has experience with a wide range of plumbing related solutions and systems. He and his team specialize in sewer system repair, drain cleaning, gas line repair, and more.