A sewer problem can be as scary as it is malodorous. Without a functioning sewer, you invite pests and disease into your home. Immediately, these effects make your home almost uninhabitable, and if the sewer problem isn’t caught early on, the costs only continue to grow. Viruses and bacteria can grow in your home, and a corroded sewer line could even cause a sinkhole compromising your homes integrity. So, how can you identify sewer problems before they cause serious damage, and how do you begin sewer restoration once you find them?
The most common sewer problem is a clog in the main sewer drain. Like a clog in a shower drain, these blockages create backups and prevent materials from proceeding down the rest of the drain. A main sewer drain clog is simply a clog preventing waste from your home from entering the sewer. What seems like a simple sewer problem actually causes serious problems. It’s important to catch a clogged sewer drain early.
A clog is usually obvious when sewage waste comes up through household drains. It’s possible to detect the clogged sewer lines before that happens, though. First, pay attention to slow drains, especially if they are often slow despite repeat cleanings. It may not be all of your drains, either. Some may back up before others, so keep an eye on slow drains. Gurgling drains also tell homeowners when there’s a problem. Listen when you drain large quantities of water from a washing machine or tub. If another drain gurgles as the water goes down, you likely have a main sewer line clog.
A damaged sewer line has different symptoms. Obviously, standing sewage in your yard is a clear sign of this. However, it is not the first sign. It’s entirely possible to fix the issue before the damage gets to that point. First, pay attention to any smells coming from your sewer. You should never smell sewage gas. If you do, your sewer lines have been compromised. Another sign you might find within your house is a sudden growth of mold. Since sewage lines carry a lot of moisture and food for mold, new mold growths can lead homeowners to cracked or corroded lines. This leads to the next point. If you see unusually healthy strips of grass in your yard, you may have a damaged line. Sinking areas are other telltale signs, since the liquid sewage can corrode the ground.
The best solution is to always contact licensed restoration experts. Chemical clog solutions don’t just deteriorate the blockages in your pipes, but they also wear away your pipes and sewer lines. The worse the clog, the more likely the chemical is to just sit in a single place, eating through the line. Only licensed restoration experts can perform true sewer restoration. By hiring a professional, you can ensure that the damage is not only stopped, but any damage done to your property is fixed.
Your home is important to you and your family. The sewer lines are equally important, removing waste from your home. Identifying a sewer problem early, helps to protect your home and your family. Equally important, is knowing what to once you’ve identified the problem. It’s tempting to try to fix issues on our own, but sewer lines require heavy equipment to access, let alone repair. The tools most homeowners have access to can cause more damage than they stop. By hiring licensed restoration experts, you are doing the most you can to protect your home.