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How to Prevent Sewer Line Emergencies

How to Prevent Sewer Line Emergencies

The sewer line that carries wastewater out of your home and into the public sewer system is an essential component of your home’s plumbing system, and it may require your attention from time to time. It’s vital to know how to identify issues with your sewer line quickly and accurately so you can arrange service from a professional as quickly as possible before a small problem becomes a huge, expensive one.

The Smell

The telltale sign that you might have a sewer line problem on your property is the unmistakable smell of sewage. This smell might be faint at first, but it will quickly worsen if you don’t take corrective action as soon as possible. As soon as you detect the scent of sewage in your home, see if you can follow it to the source. Chances are likely that you will encounter other symptoms soon after you detect this odor.

Drain Backups

If your sewer line is leaking or broken, it can’t carry wastewater out of your home effectively. This means the most common visual sign of a sewer line in disrepair is a backed-up drain, typically at the lowest point in your home. This could be a floor drain, a basement toilet, or a laundry room sink depending on the layout of your home. If you notice that the lower drains in your home aren’t draining correctly or backing up, you probably have a sewer line problem.

Bubbling Toilets

When you flush your toilet, does it seem to churn, bubble, and gurgle as it flushes? This is a sign of air trapped in the sewer line, and it is probably finding its way into the sewer line through some sort of crack or leak. This problem disrupts the water pressure in your sewer pipe, and you could have a major problem on your hands if you don’t call for help as soon as you can.

Rohde Heating & Plumbing offers a full range of residential plumbing services to Poughkeepsie area homeowners, including sewer line repair. If you notice these or any other issues in your home, contact us as soon as possible to have a professional address the problem.