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How To Spot a Bad Sewer

Dec 17th 2015 at 12:48 AM

Sewer lines are not likely something that you think about often. That’s because usually they are working just fine and doing the job they need to do. However, when a sewer line goes bad, you will have no choice but to take notice. Additionally, most of the time, issues with the sewer line are something you, as the homeowner, have to take care of. Many people mistakenly believe any sewer line issues are the responsibility of the city. So, you can see why it is very important for you get a good handle on sewer problems as early as possible.


It isn’t always easy to know that there is a problem with your sewer lines. Sometimes there are no symptoms to watch out for until there is complete failure of the line. It is much more ideal, though, if you know about the possible symptoms, so if they do occur, you can take steps to solve the issue before it becomes too major.


If your sewer line is not in good condition, you may notice a handful of different symptoms. One of the top things you may notice is an issue with your drains. Sinks and bathtubs may not drain properly, even after they have been cleaned or products have been used to get rid of clogs. The same issue with toilets - they may get stopped up more often for no identifiable reason.


A couple of other symptoms are odd sounds and noises. Toilets will often make gurgling noises after being flushed. This often accompanies draining issues. You may also notice drains have bad smells coming from them, even if they have been cleaned. Other symptoms include leaking around the base of toilets, backed up washing machines, and smelly sinkholes developing in your yard.


If you don’t notice any of the common symptoms, you can think practically in order to stop sewer line issues. If your home was built 40 years ago, chances are that you will need a sewer line replacement sometime soon because they were often made of clay, which eventually breaks down. If you have trees in your yard around the areas where your line runs, then you may want to keep an eye on tree roots, which cause the majority of issues with sewer lines.


Problems with a sewer line can be awful, so it is best to get a handle on things before they get too bad. Keep an eye out for common signs and symptoms of issues. Click here to learn more about sewer line cleaning in Durham.


About the Author:-

Bob puts his many years of plumbing experience to good use by writing on various plumbing topics on his blog at plumber world blog.

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