How do you Know Your Sewer Lateral Line is Damaged?

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Exactly how does a person know when a sewer line is broken? A broken sewer lateral is not easily detected and you might not notice that anything is wrong until you start seeing sinkholes around your home, on the sidewalk or the roadway. This will cost you not only a lot of money, but also grief as you struggle to undo the damage that was made.

Fortunately, there are a few sure signs that your sewer pipe is broken that you have to keep an eye out for and that can help you react fast by calling a professional to fix the problem.

Bad Smells

The sewer pipe is used to get rid of all the trenchless waste water away from your home. Naturally, this waste water has a far from pleasant odor.

If you begin smelling something foul, especially near the drains and just outside your home where the sewer line is placed, you might be dealing with a leaky or broken pipe.

This problem will not go away if you ventilate your house. Instead, call a sewer technician immediately to fix your sewer pipes.

Pools of Water

If you start noticing pools of foul-smelling water around your property, this is another sign of a potentially broken sewer pipe.

This usually happens in houses that have no basement and in which the drain lines are just under the floor. When a pipe gets broken, it will begin leaching out wastewater. Before long, you will start seeing and smelling this water in your bathroom, kitchen, or anywhere else in the house.

Constant Drain Clogging

Every homeowner experiences a drain clog at one point or other. However, if the problem keeps coming back, then it is a good indicator that you have a serious problem at your hands.

If all your efforts to unclog the drains have yielded little or no results, then there is a good chance that you have a broken sewer pipe. A professional can determine the exact location of the break by using a sewer camera and fix it for you.

Call Advanced Trenchless

If you are nearby in Marin, Contra Costa, Solano, Napa or Alameda Counties, contact us and we will provide you with a FREE estimate to replace your old line. We make the whole process easy and painless, not only for you but for your yard as well thanks to our “trenchless” method:

Call us at (855) 424-7590 to schedule your appointment. We also invite you to see what people are saying about us on Yelp and please remember to “Like” us on Facebook.

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