The sewer line runs from your home to the mains sewer pipe. As long as the pipe is on your property it is your responsibility. Of course, fixing a damaged sewer line means digging up the ground, identifying the issue, and then fixing or replacing a section of pipe.
It’s a messy job and a potentially hazardous one. But, the sooner it is dealt with the better. That’s why you need to be aware of the signs that your sewer line needs repairing. If you spot the signs it is a good idea to find a sewer camera for sale and use it to investigate the insides of your pipes. This can help you to identify the issue and decide whether you can fix it or you need expert help.
In fact, running a drain camera through your sewer pipe once or twice a year is a great way to stay on top of any issues.
The biggest giveaway that you have a sewer line issue is when you can smell sewage. You should know the path the sewer pipe takes out of your yard and be able to walk along the route. If you notice any unusual noises or the distinct aroma of sewage, then you probably have a leaking pipe and it needs repairing.
It is possible to detect odors inside your home but this is rare and may suggest an issue with the plumbing and not the sewer pipe.
2. Grass Growing Particularly Well
Grass and other vegetation will flourish if being fed a steady supply of human waste. It is a great fertilizer. Again, you should know the route your sewer pipe takes as it exits your property. If you walk the line of the pipe and notice that the grass is particularly green or long in a certain area you can suspect a sewer leak.
As well as growing very well, you may notice that the area is wetter than other parts of your garden, which should set off some alarm bells.
The drain camera will be able to identify the exact issue, preventing you from digging the wrong section of pipe up.
3. Foundation Issues
New houses move slightly as they settle. Older houses don’t generally unless there is an issue with the ground. One of the most common issues is when the ground is constantly saturated. This weakens the ground and makes it difficult for it to support the weight of your home.
You are likely to notice the issues in your foundations first as cracks start to appear. As the issues grows the cracks will get larger and move up the walls.
At this point you are not just looking at fixing the sewer pipe, you will have an expensive house repair bill to deal with.
Remember, regular inspections with a drain camera can alert you to issues and prevent you from experiencing an array of stress. It can also help to protect your wallet!