Detecting a broken sewer line early is crucial to prevent further damage and costly repairs. Here are four signs that might indicate a broken sewer line:

  • Foul Odors: If you notice persistent foul odors, especially in the vicinity of drains, toilets, or outdoors in your yard, it could be a sign that sewage is leaking from a broken sewer line. Sewer gas has a distinct and unpleasant smell that is hard to miss.
  • Slow Drains and Backups: If multiple drains in your home are slow to empty or frequently experience backups, it could indicate a blockage or breakage in the sewer line. When a sewer line is damaged, water and waste might have trouble flowing through it properly, leading to slow drainage or backups.
  • Soggy or Sunken Yard: A broken sewer line can leak wastewater into your yard, causing areas of the lawn to become unusually soggy, waterlogged, or sunken. You might also notice patches of overly lush and green grass due to the added nutrients from the leaking sewage.
  • Gurgling Noises: Unusual gurgling or bubbling sounds coming from your drains, especially after flushing toilets or running water in sinks, can indicate that air is trapped in the sewer line due to a breakage or blockage. This air can cause gurgling as water tries to pass through the line.

If you observe any of these signs, it’s important to take action promptly. Ignoring a broken sewer line can lead to more significant issues, such as property damage, health hazards, and more expensive repairs. Contact our sewer team to assess the situation, diagnose the problem, and recommend appropriate solutions. We will perform a camera inspection of your sewer line to identify the location and extent of the damage, helping you make an informed decision about whether repair or replacement is necessary. If you need a sewer line service call us at (201) 581-3740 or fill out our contact form.