Signs of a Sewer Leak

Sewer Leak

Nobody wants to have to deal with a sewer leak since they are hard to get at because they are buried deep into the ground. Although they are easier to deal with these days thanks to modern techniques, they can get out of hand and cause serious damage if you don’t repair them right away. Therefore, it’s essential that you are able to spot sewer leak signs before they get really bad. Below are some signs you have a sewer leak.

Puddles or Puddles with Odor

If you notice a puddle in your yard but can’t determine where it’s coming from, it could indicate you have a leak in the sewer pipe in the ground. You might or might not notice an odor along with it which comes from the fluid inside the sewer line. The odor could be there whether or not any fluid has risen to the surface or not.

Increase in Water Bill

If you notice an unusual spike in your water bill and you haven’t been using the household water more than usual, this could also indicate a sewer leak. In fact, high water bills are typically a very accurate sign of a sewer leak since other signs could mean other types of problems with your plumbing. Your water consumption is typically recorded very accurately on your water bill and a sudden spike usually means sewer line problems. It’s best to have a professional come and take a look.

Clogged or Slow Clog Drains

If you notice there is more than one clog drain running slow or clogged up altogether in your home, this could be due to a sewer line problem. If you find there are more than two line issues, this definitely indicates a sewer line issue. The problem could be a break or blockage in your sewer line which is causing your drainpipes to back up sewage. Foul odors coming from your drains are another good indication.

Gurgling Sounds Coming from Toilets and Drains

If there aren’t any noticeable clogs yet, but you are beginning to hear gurgling noises coming from your toilet or from your drains when running water into them, this could mean you have a sewage back up problem in the pipe. This sound comes from the sewage gasses that escape and bubble through the water which presses down on them.

When you are able to notice the signs of a sewer leak and respond to it quickly, you can ward off serious problems that could result by letting it get out of hand. By not responding quickly, it could cause significant damage to your house and a costly sewer line replacement.

Speak to us here at BOLT Insurance Agency about being covered for damage related to a broken sewer line or sewer leak.