Signs Your Sewer Line Needs Repair

A common indicator of a sewer line problem is a slow-draining sink and/or shower. You should especially be on the lookout for water that comes back up the drain. Many homeowners, reach for the commercial drain cleaners when dealing with this problem. If your sewer line is damaged, their products won’t fix the larger problem. In fact, toxic drain cleaners may cause the pipes to weaken further due to their harsh, corrosive chemicals.

Bad Smells and Odd Sounds 

If your sewer line is damaged, you can also expect to smell some disgusting odors. The scent of sewage may point to an issue with your sewer line. Contact a professional right away, as this can be dangerous to your health.

Mold Within the Home 

If your broken sewer line’s sewage and water are seeping into your home, it could be damaging your walls and helping mold take hold. Mold does not need a lot of humidity to grow, so this type of plumbing issue provides the perfect breeding ground.

Inconsistent Water Level in the Toilet 

Another sign of a broken sewer line is when the water level of your toilet fluctuates regularly. These types of fluctuations can be easy to notice. If you regularly experience high water levels one day and low levels the next, chances are there is a damaged sewer line.

Multiple Plumbing Problems

Another very important sign of potential sewer line damage is multiple plumbing issues occurring at the same time. You may find water backing up in several appliances at once, or when you use one appliance, such as the toilet, water backs up into your shower. This could point to a clogged or broken sewer line. You could experience several or all the problems listed above at once.

Foundation Problems

If your sewer line develops a problem under your home, it could lead to some serious foundation issues if left unchecked. If you’re noticing cracks in your foundation, your broken sewer line has to be repaired as soon as possible.


Have you noticed mice, rats, or insects around your home? They could be signs of a broken sewer line. Rats and insects, like cockroaches, love the sewers. If you call pest control and they return, it may just be your sewer line.

If you find any of these signs going on in your house, then it is time to schedule an appointment with our expert technicians. Call today for a Free Estimate - (305) 770-6860