7 Signs You May Have a Sewer Line Problem


One of the many conveniences of indoor plumbing is the sewer line – that invisible pipe system that moves wastewater from your home’s toilets and drains into the main city sewer (unless you have a septic system). The trouble with this underground system, of course, is that a problem can arise and go undetected for quite some time. Here’s what to know about common sewer line problems, and seven signs that you may have a problem.

Common Sewer Line Issues

Over time, problems can arise with your sewer line. Some of the most common issues include:

  • Pipe corrosion that leads to leaking
  • Fractures from shifts in the earth
  • Damage from tree roots
  • Faulty valves
  • Drain-clogging items accumulating

Of course, you can’t identify any of these problems from inside your home. But being aware of warning signs can be enough. If you’re noticing any of the following, it’s a good idea to contact an experienced plumber, like the specialists here at River City Plumbing in Reno and Sparks.

  • Gurgling noises when you flush. If you’re hearing faint but noticeable – and unusual – sounds when you flush or from the toilet when another appliance is running, pay attention. If it’s consistent, call a plumber.
  • Drains are slow, but they aren’t clogged. If you notice drains that are moving slowly, with no evidence of clogs, this could be another warning sign. All of the drains in your home connect to the sewer system, so a problem there can have a ripple effect elsewhere.
  • Unpleasant odors in the home or basement. This is often the last warning. If you’re smelling sewage, call a plumber right away.
  • Sudden change to the water bill. Water habits staying the same, but water bill creeping up? This could signal a leak somewhere.
  • Multiple clogs all at one time. Simultaneous problems in your drains and your toilets can be an indication of a system-wide issue.
  • Toilets are backing up. Regular dealing with backed-up toilets? Your sewer line could have a faulty line.
  • Patches of exceptionally green grass. If some parts of your lawn are particularly vibrant, and you can’t pinpoint a link to more/less sun or water, there may be some extra fertilization happening thanks to an underground sewer link.

These signs, or other odd plumbing quirks, are all worth investigating. In Reno and Sparks, River City Plumbing is here to thoroughly check your plumbing and offer solutions if there is indeed a problem. Contact us today.

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