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5 Signs of A Broken Sewer Line

Apr 10, 2022

5 Signs of A Broken Sewer Line

Leaking and growing mold are bad signs whichever way you look at them. They may be caused by many things, such as a clogged pipe. Leaks can also happen because of damage done to a sewer line. These leaks may not be found until after a while, already causing your bill to go up and putting your health at risk. If you are unsure as to what the leaks are caused by, call a friendly plumber from Sunshine Plumbers to assess the situation. They will know you will be needing a sewer line repair after examining the problem. Just like the professionals, there are a few signs you can look out for in case of an emergency as well.

Sewage Gas

Smelling sewage gas can be a strong yet often ignored indication of a broken sewer line. These odors should usually stay inside the system and not reach us. Looking out for puddles of water or water damage can lead you to the source of the leak. If you do realize the smell of sewage gas is reaching you, make sure a plumber further inspects your plumbing system to find the cause and know what you’re dealing with for sure.

The Grass Looks Great, or Maybe Not

Flowing water from sewer problems may build up in an area in your front or backyard. This can drown your grass, making your lawn soggy and smelly. It could turn into a swampy environment that is hard to use and access. The swampy conditions can also attract unwanted guests, such as mosquitos and other organisms as well, and can make their way into your home. Or, the build-up of water can have the opposite effect, causing luscious greens to sprout. Having one spot thrive while the surrounding areas lack grass can also be signs of a sewer problem. Sewer water can contain nutrients that can be provided to the grass, making them grow out. So, if you notice a buildup of foul sewage water or a suspicious amount of growth in one area of your lawn, call Sunshine Plumbers.

Mold and Mildew

Wet spots or just humidity on walls and ceilings can cause the growth of mold and mildew. This can cause severe damage to your home’s interior and exterior, along with health problems that can be serious. Remember that mold and mildew may be caused by something other than a sewage problem as well, so always consult with a professional to make sure. If needed, a sewer line repair will ensue.


Clogs and backups in one area may mean a clogged pipe that needs to be repaired. If the clogs and backups are in multiple areas of the house, this may be a sign of a broken sewer line. If you cannot unclog the drains yourself, calling a specialist will help.

Animal Infestation

Rodents tend to have their homes in sewers, so a washup of water can draw them into your home. Insects are also drawn to the sticky, humid, swamp environment and can breed in the water. The infestation can cause the spread of disease and can be dangerous for your health.

If you notice any or all of these signs, call Sunshine Plumbers so we can help with the repair of your sewer line.