The plumping of your home is out of sight and out of mind for a reason, but when it is in need of sewer line repairs, you need to know the signs and act fast. Be mindful of these common signs of damage and then consider trenchless plumbing for a more permanent fix.
Warning Signs Of Sewer Line Problems
The cost to repair a sewer main can range anywhere from $1,050 to $4,013, with an average of $2,523. The cost depends entirely upon the kind of damage, so before it gets any worse watch out for these warning signs.
- Wet spots on the lawn. A major leak in your sewer line can make your lawn always wet even when it has not rained. In your lawn you should also watch out for standing water, pooling of wastewater, or patches of grass that are noticeably lusher or greener.
- Foul odors. The sink drains in your kitchen or bathroom may give off the smell of waste indicating a backup in the pipes. The lingering smell of gas in or around your home may be the result of a sewer gas leak.
- A sudden rise in your water bill. If your water bill is significantly more than it has been in previous months, you may need to look into trenchless plumbing instead. The higher bill could be the result of major leakage and wastage of water.
- Inconsistent water levels and pressure. Your toilet bowls may be overflowing or be overly empty when there is a sewer line issue. Lowering water pressure in your sink or shower and slow draining from all water sources in your home can indicate the same.
- Cracks in the foundation. Look for cracks in the foundation slab, foundation settlement, or sinkholes that could indicate instability in your sewer line system.
- Gurgling Noises. Loud, unusual gurgling noises, while you are using the shower or doing the dishes, could mean an interrupted flow of water through the pipes.
- Persistent pest problems. If you’re fighting a rodent or insect infestation that traditional pest control measures are not solving, it may be because of a burst sewage line.
What To Do When You’ve Spotted A Sign
Many homeowners will seek quick, cost-effective solutions like simple patching to fix their sewer pipe problems. These solutions are often short-term fixes and can lead to bigger, more expensive issues in the future. Instead, it is more effective to invest in a more permanent solution such as trenchless plumbing, which is far more durable than traditional sewer lines and will save you a considerable amount of money in the long run.