All pipes, including sewer lines, are going to fail at some point. You could have drainage line issues and not even know it, that’s why it’s so important to know the telling signs that your sewer line needs to be repaired.
Complete backups are the most common way people realize they have a faulty sewer line or drainage pipe, but it’s far more expensive (and disgusting) to fix the problem when it gets to this point. Preventative maintenance and repairs will save you a lot of money and hassles.
Common Signs Your Sewer Line Needs Help Before It Backs Up Into Your Business
#1. You Notice Strong Sewer-Like Odors Around Your Property
If you notice a nasty sewer gas odor lingering around your building, there’s likely a crack in your sewer system. A functioning sewage system is airtight and does not let any odors out. That means if you smell sewage, something isn’t right.
#2. Your Drains Are Slow to Go Down
If you continue to unclog drains only to experience another blockage, it’s a sign that a sewage backup might be in your near future. If more than a couple drains are slow to drain, you might have a crack or tree root intrusion impacting your sewer line.
#3. Backups Regularly Occur in All Drains
If one toilet or sink routinely backs up, the problem is likely isolated to that drain. On the other hand, if all sinks or toilets are backing up on a regular basis, it’s a sign that something is wrong with the main sewer line, which may be at risk of deterioration or complete breakdown.
#4. You Notice Mold Growth on Walls or Ceilings
Mold growth can indicate a break in sewer lines that run through the walls of a building. Certain species of mold require humidity levels no higher than 55% to flourish. A cracked sewer pipe behind a wall can easily cause humidity levels to increase, promoting the development of mold. Mold growth can be caused by a variety of factors, but if the development of mold is consistent with sewer odors, you more than likely have a leak in your sewer line.
#5. Your Landscaping Is Dotted in Unnaturally Green Patches
As nasty as un underground sewage leak sounds, plants and flowers take full advantage of the added nutrients sewage offers. Underground sewage can work like fertilizer, feeding roots in the surrounding area so that grass or vegetation appears greener and healthier than ever.
If you notice certain parts of your landscaping are greener or more vibrant than ever before, go near the area and see if you can smell any sewer gas.
#6. Your Business is Inundated with Rodents
If you’re having issues with rodents it might have something to do with your sewer line. Rats thrive in sewers and use them to get around and even cross city lines. Rats can run right through the walls of your business via sewer pipes, but first they must find a way in. Rats can squeeze through spaces that are far smaller than their bodies, which means a crack measuring as small as ¾ of an inch is large enough for a rat to get inside and enter your business.
#7. Your Business is Inundated with Insects
Like rats, insects can also get inside of sewer lines through itty-bitty cracks, even smaller cracks than rats can fit through. A small German cockroach can fit inside of a hole no larger than the width of a dime, while larger American cockroaches can fit through cracks that measure no wider than the width of a quarter.
#8. Cracked Foundations, Sinkholes & Settlement
This is one of the most severe signs of sewer line issues, as it impacts the foundation of your building, leading to cracks in the slab, unnatural settlement, and even sinkholes. This level of damage only occurs if a leak develops beneath your foundation and remains untreated for a long period of time. As a result, a void can form beneath your yard or foundation.
#9. Your Yard is Dotted in Pools of Septic Waste
This is one of the most noticeable signs of all, you can’t miss a pool of stinky septic waste in the middle of your landscaping. This can be caused by a cracked main line, clogged drain fields, or a broken septic tank. For the most part, the issue is generally located right beneath the pool of sewage, which at least makes it easier to identify and solve.
Who Do You Call for Sewer Line Inspection & Repair?
Kleenco Construction is the leading source for commercial construction in Tennessee and beyond. If you are experiencing sewer line issues, we are more than happy to help. We specialize in a wide variety of water management services, including sewer line repair on sanitary and storm pipe systems. Contact us today to learn more and receive a quote.