Signs of a Sewer Line Problem

Emily Udell
Written by Emily Udell
Updated April 9, 2016
Outdoor sewer line
Learn to spot the signs of a sewer problem before they become truly serious. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

Have slow drains, decreased pressure or flow of faucets, or a water bill spike? Learn the signs of a sewer problem.

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Video: Clogged Sewer Line Warning Signs

No one wants to have to fix or replace their sewer, but the longer you let a problem fester, the more difficult — and expensive — it might be to fix! Whether you have a clog, leak or fissure, you want to get on top of it before it gets worse. Learn how to read your house for some common warning signs that your sewer needs professional service.  

• An unpleasant odor coming up through your drains• A decrease in water flow or pressure from your fixtures• Bathroom or laundry lines that drain slowly• Multiple drains in your home showing signs of clogging at the same time• Water that backs up out of a drain after flushing a toilet• Bubbling or rising water in a toilet during use of a bathroom faucet • Backups in showers or toilets while running your washing machine• Accumulation of water or waste in your home’s main clean-out pipe• Warping or indentations in your lawn• An unexpected jump in your water bill

Sources: Express Sewer & Drain, Roscoe Brown, Roto-Rooter

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