When you wake up in the middle of the night to find a sludgy mess in your backyard or standing water in your basement, the first instinct is to panic. Something is likely wrong with your drainage and sewer system, which is a huge inconvenience that may force you out of your home for a few days or even weeks – not to mention the probable cost of repair.
Standard Plumbing will work with you to resolve issues quickly and as affordably as possible. Our expert plumbers can come inspect your situation and offer advice and guidance moving forward. Sometimes, even when a situation looks dire, it is an easy fix.
Before you make any assumptions, it is good to know what problems your sewer line might have. What symptoms should you look for and what might they mean? To start with, a sewer line backup is usually caused by a clog. Most of the time, however, you will not notice standing water in your basement.
In fact, most clogged sewer lines do not present clear symptoms for weeks, until the clog has become so bad that drains actually stop flushing properly. However, if you notice all of the drains in your home simultaneously experiencing a slowdown and it is not something a plunger or auger can fix – you may have a sewer line problem.
Another issue to watch for is suddenly soggy or squishy ground in your backyard, especially if it is not raining and you do not have an irrigation system. This is a sure sign that your sewer line is leaking and pouring water into the surrounding ground soil. You may also notice small leaks or standing water in your basement. These are usually due to leaks within the drainage structure between the end drains and your sewer lines.
Sewer problems rarely – if ever – result in bad odors in your home. But if it happens, either as an acute smell in one location or as a general odor throughout your home, you may have a problem in one of your drains. Drains are designed to stop sewer gasses from returning to your home through the use of traps and air vacuums. Severe clogs and leaks can negate this precaution and put your family at risk. If you notice a foul odor, call us immediately for emergency drain service.
Whether you notice your sewer line leaking slightly or suspect that a blockage is starting to form, don’t wait to call. Your sewer line is incredibly important for keeping your entire plumbing system running smoothly day after day. If a repair is needed, every second counts. If your sewer line gets to the point of needing replacement or large–scale repairs, it can mean days or weeks of being displaced from your home as the work is done. Small repairs and routine maintenance are not only less expensive, but they are also much less intrusive to you and your family’s life. The last thing you want is to let your sewer system go into full disrepair.