Few things are more aggravating and unpleasant than having to do with a sewage leak in your home. All plumbing problems are a royal pain, but sewage leaks are in a league of their own. They can mess up your water pressure and flow, increase your bills and perfume your home with a ghastly scent.
At Boydco Plumbing, we know how important it is to treat sewage leaks as soon as they’re detected. They’re a problem that will only get exponentially worse if left untreated. If you notice any of these four warning signs that you have a sewage leak, you should contact us right away.
Your Water Bill Increases
One of the most telling signs that your sewer pipes have begun to break is if your water bill suddenly spikes. A water bill can naturally fluctuate from month to month based on your usage. A slight increase isn’t a warning sign: A significantly large AND unexpected increase, though, is a huge red flag.
Track your water usage. If you use a relatively consistent amount of water each month, any increase will jump at you. If you notice such a spike in your water pipes, get them inspected by a professional right now. We may be able to fix your pipes before the problem gets even worse, if you take the initiative and call at the first sign of trouble.
When it comes to sewage leaks, sometimes the best way to detect them is to just follow your nose. If your house starts developing a foul, musky odor, that is a big warning sign. Excessive moisture gets into your walls, floors , or lawn, creating moisture pockets caused by the corrosion of your sewer pipes. These moisture pockets are usually responsible for the awful smells associated with sewage leaks.
Is your lawn warping? Does your soil seem too soft? Broken pipes can increase the moisture content of your lawn, which will soften your soil and can lead to warping. Even small, slight dips in your lawn could be indicative of major plumbing problems that need to be addressed as soon as possible.
Do your drains keep getting clogged? While grease and sludge buildup can block up your pipes, clogs can also be a consequence of sewer pipe problems. If you’ve tried clearing out build-up in your pipes and they STILL get clogged, it’s likely that you’ve got a break in your sewer pipes.
One way to help prevent this is to take care not to dispose of anything in your drains or pipes that could get clogged up. These forms of “improper waste” should not be going into your pipes! The next time you have to dispose of any of the following, throw them in the trash so your pipes can stay clog-free:
- Plastics or plastic wrappers
- Extremely fibrous food products
- Animal bone & cartilage
- Paper products, which includes plates, containers & paper towels
Related: 7 Things That Can Clog Up Your Pipes
To find out more about our plumbing services, give Boydco Plumbing a call at 602-335-0323.