Thankfully, the days of the outhouse are long behind us. However, the replacement of the outhouse with indoor plumbing does have one drawback. When the sewer system breaks down in any way, we know about it – and it becomes a considerable problem inside our homes. Read on for six big signs that it is time for a sewer replacement.
Blockages And Backups
If you are noticing that your toilets or drains clog consistently, the problem may be bigger than you think. If it happens regularly, it is likely a sign of an issue in the sewer pipe itself. Having a professional plumber come out to take a look is the only way to know for sure if it is a toilet (or sink) issue or a sewage line issue. If it is, call out a professional for a sewer replacement.
When the sewer system works as intended, you don’t smell it at all. If you are noticing a foul sewage smell, that is a sign that something is wrong. Also, don’t write off the scent if it is outside – it can still be a sign of an invisible sewer issue.
Slow drains can also be a sign of a sewer issue, especially if all of the drains in the house are slow, rather than just one or two. There are certainly plenty of reasons why your drains might be slow that don’t require replacing the sewer line, but you can’t know for sure until you have a plumber come out and check.
Extra Fertilized Grass
A leak from your sewage system can have the surprising consequence of fertilizing your lawn. If you notice new patches of unusually lush, green grass, you should have a plumber come out to check the sewer line. If instead your lawn has always been patchy, this is probably not your issue (as there would have been other symptoms if it were an ongoing problem).
Another issue on your lawn that might indicate a sewer issue is standing water. If you notice water that won’t drain, where this has never been an issue before, it could be a sign that you have an underground sewer issue. Consider a full-on sewer replacement if this is the case.
Finally, the worst and most obvious symptom of a sewer line issue is septic pooling. Septic pooling is when rather than having just standing water on your lawn, you have standing sewage. This stinky and disgusting issue is a symptom of a major sewer line or septic tank problem, one that has to be addressed quickly by a professional.
Call Mahon Plumbing Today
If you still have more questions regarding your plumbing, we here at Mahon Plumbing are here to help. We have been serving the wider Baltimore area since 1994, so we have 25 years of experience to back up our fantastic service! Call us at our Baltimore location at 410-766-8566 or our Pasadena location at 410-636-7944. Be sure to keep up with us on social media by following us on Facebook or Twitter.