A clogged drain or overflowing toilet is bad enough, but a back up in a sewer line can be the absolute worst plumbing problem to strike your home. When a sewer lines backs up, all the waste water in the line starts backflowing into your home. The backup usually affects the lowest drain or the drain closest to the main sewer line, but occasionally it can back up into the other drains of your house. The following signs indicate that you need to have your sewer line inspected, and possible cleaned, sooner rather than later.
1: Bad Odors In the Drains
Raw sewage smells like sulfur or rotting eggs, and you should never smell it inside your house. When a sewer line has a clog or any other issue, one of the first symptoms can be the smell of sewage in your home, particularly around the drains. Toilets may sometimes gurgle for no apparent reason, and the popping bubbles may have the sewage odor.
2: Slow Moving Drains
Clogs aren't typically immediate, they instead happen slowly over time. Catching and repairing a clog is much simpler during this early formation stage. Drains in the house may begin draining much more slowly as the obstruction begins to form, so call a plumber if your water seems to be flowing down the drain more slowly.
3: Standing Water In the Landscape
Sometimes a clog results because of a broken sewer line, or in extreme cases the clog can lead to a breach in the line. When this happens, raw sewage will begin to leak into your landscape. You may notice wet, soggy soil with the odor of rotting eggs over the sewer line where the break occurs.
4: Increased Clogs Inside
As the problem becomes worse, items that previously made their way down your home's sink drains and toilets may not anymore. You will notice more clogged drains happening inside your home.
5: Sister Drain Problems
"Sister" drains are those that attach to the same localized waste pipe, typically plumbing appliances in the same room. For example, your toilet and bathtub are likely hooked to the same waste pipe, which then hooks up to your home's main drain. If you run water or flush one drain, but water bubbles or comes up in one of the sister drains, then you likely have a sewer blockage forming. For example, if flushing the toilet causes water to come up inside the bathtub.
Contact a plumbing service like Brother's Plumbing in your area for more help with any sewer line problems.