Sewer pipes are designed to last for many years; however, they do have an expiration date. Unfortunately, this date doesn't generally come along with a friendly reminder that it's time to replace the pipes. Instead, homeowners, need to be able to recognize some of the signs that often signal the need for a replacement. If you are unfamiliar with these signs, make sure you learn what to look for.
Increased Water Bill
Has your water bill increased, but your usage habits haven't changed? If the answer is yes, a problem within the sewer line could be to blame. This scenario is generally an indication that one of the pipes is damaged and there is a leak somewhere in the line. Since water meters don't distinguish between actual usage and leaks, the result will be a higher water bill regardless of whether or not you're actually using the water.
Recurrent clogging is another indication of a damaged sewer line. When a pipe is damaged it's important to remember that water can't just escape out, but debris can also get inside the line. Dirt and other particles can create a blockage in the line that will result in slower draining throughout your home. When this is the problem, no over-the-counter drain cleaner or other DIY method will help.
Leaking water from a failing pipe doesn't just result in flooding. Mold and other fungal growth is another problem that a leak can present. The result of these growths is generally a foul, musty or mildew like smell. What's even worse is that the smell often travels far away from the area of the growth so even a problem with mildew in the basement can be smelled throughout your home. Unfortunately, no amount of cleaning will eliminate the problem.
Reduced Water Pressure
If you're noticing a reduction in water pressure when taking a shower or washing dishes, this can also be a sign of a failing sewer line. In many instances, the reduced water pressure is a result of a leak in the line. The more water that is lost in the line, the less water that makes its way inside your home – resulting in the lower pressure.
If you're experiencing any of these issues or suspect a problem with your sewer lines, it's time for a line inspection. Most sewer line problems will only grow overtime, resulting in greater repairs and more money.
For more information on sewer lines complications, contact companies such as Gold Seal Plumbing.