Main Sewer LineYour home’s sewer line leading to the city’s main sewer system is probably one of the last things you think about. But did you know your main sewer line is one of the most important parts of your plumbing system? Your sewer line is responsible for removing the wastewater from your house and getting it into the main sewer system. It’s something you don’t usually think of because the pipe is located underground.

When there are problems with your main sewer line, you don’t want to put off getting it checked out.  The longer you wait, the worse it will get, and your neighbors will probably not be too pleased. If you’re not aware of the signs, don’t worry, we’ve got them listed for you below.

Sewer Gas Odor

Contact a plumbing professional if you notice any foul odors coming from your drains.

Mold or Mildew

A cracked sewer pipe behind a wall creates the perfect environment for mold to grow. If not dealt with right away, it can create a health hazard.

Extra or Lush Greenery

You might have a green thumb. But sewage is an excellent fertilizer. So if there’s a leak in your main sewer line, the surrounding soil will have extra nutrients giving that area an extra green appearance.

Lawn or Paver Indentations

A broken sewer line can cause an indentation in your lawn or pavers due to consistently saturated soil.

Foundation Cracks

Severe breaks can cause cracks in your homes foundation, foundation slab, or even a sinkhole in some cases if a leak is left untreated for a long period of time.

Puddle in Yard

One of the more obvious signs that there is a leak in the main sewer line is a septic waste water puddle in your yard.

Rodent and or Insect Problems

Rodents and insect problems can be a sign of a break in a sewer line. If you have a persistent problem with either, a pest control company will only solve the problem on a temporary basis. You’ll need an inspection of the sewer line to check for a crack. Believe it or not, they can get in through the tiniest of spaces.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms of a damaged sewer line, you should have a sewer inspection done by a quality professional such as McDonough Plumbing. We perform sewer camera video inspections to find leaks fast.