Signs of a Broken Sewer Line

Here are a few indicators that your sewer line could be broken:

Unsavory Odors

You might not always be able to see a sewer line problem, but there's a good chance you will smell it. Any scent of the sewer gas that is strong enough to permeate a house is a telltale sign of a plumbing problem. This could be a sign of a sewer line clog, as backups will often push smelly sewer gases up drains. However, if the odor is especially potent in the yard, the more likely scenario is that the sewer line is leaking.

Easily Clogged Drains

Every now and then, your toilet, kitchen sink, or shower can experience a drain that gets a little plugged up, in these instances a clog can be a quick fix. However, when a clog starts occurring with unusual frequency, especially in multiple drains, or if water is draining slowly throughout your home, this could be a sign of an obstructed sewer line.

Soggy Spots in the Yard

A leaking sewer line can be caused by a break or collapse. However, a leak is often caused by a tree root that has penetrated the piping. Some of these leaks are harder to detect than others, especially in areas where the sewer line is buried very deep underground. While a leak in the sewer line is all but invisible, it could show itself in warmer climates where it isn’t necessary to bury lines very deep because of a shallow frost line.