A Damaged Sewer Line at Home: What to Look for

25 July 2016
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The average home can potentially face many different kinds of problems. Perhaps the most unpleasant issue is when something goes wrong with your sewer line. Your sewer line transports your bodily waste away from your home and towards a treatment plant, which is exactly where you want it to go. You don't want to deal with the mess and smell that occurs when a sewer line is not doing its job properly. So what are some of the things that you need to be aware of to prevent or fix problems with your sewer line?

Toilet Not Draining Properly

If your toilet does not drain properly when flushed, it can be one of the first signs of trouble. Fortunately, it's one of the easiest issues to remedy when it comes to your sewer line. Use a plunger to dislodge any blockage, and you can also use a chemical unblocker. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions, since excess usage can cause damage to your pipes. If you should notice that your toilet is draining slowly and this is coupled with a foul odour coming from other drains in your home (which reminds you of what was just flushed down the toilet), then call a plumber immediately. There might be a blockage further down in your sewer line which is causing your waste to be forced back through other pipes in your home. Please remember that there are things you can do to ensure that your toilet is able to drain properly.

  • Only dispose of human waste, toilet paper, and appropriate liquids in your toilet.
  • Do not dispose of paper towels (which are larger and more durable than toilet paper) or sanitary wipes in your toilet.
  • Please do not place female hygiene products into your toilet. Remember that these are designed to soak up moisture, meaning that they can easily cause a blockage.

In your Backyard

Notice a bad smell when you're outside? A crack in your sewer line can cause leakage which has a noticeable odour. In an extreme case, you might notice that the ground has become sodden. Remember that this is caused by human waste and so the area needs to be avoided. This is something that needs to be dealt with immediately, so call an emergency plumber if need be. The damaged pipe will need to be replaced as soon as possible, and it's not wise to flush your toilet until this has happened.

A damaged sewer line is something that you hopefully never have to deal with, but if it was to happen, it's important to take quick action.