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Warning Signs of a Damaged Sewer Line
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Warning Signs of a Damaged Sewer Line

Look for the Clues

Your sewer line is easy to ignore when things are working properly. Underground and out of sight, it doesn’t cross your mind often until it becomes a problem. When something goes wrong and it does become a problem, however, a damaged sewer line will make itself known.

Sewer line problems are dangerous and have the potential to cause a large amount of damage to your home and property. As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to take care of your home and keep an eye out for hidden leaks.

Read on to learn and make note of these signs in order to more easily spot them yourself.


One indication that you have an issue is clogged drains and backups. These can create sewer spillage and cause a huge mess on your floors which is not only unsightly, but also unhygienic.

Slow drains are also an issue to look out for. Multiple slow drains throughout the home could mean a broken sewer line.

If you are consistently experiencing clogged and slow drains that you are unable to clear, contact your plumbing company to help instead.

Gas Odors

Strange smells coming from your drain may not be an unusual experience for you. If this is the case, we recommend you stop ignoring the stench or trying to fix it with baking soda and air fresheners.

A cracked drain pipe could be causing these toxic odors that require immediate attention to protect your house and family.

Consistent Mold

A collapsed sewer line or broken water pipe can create excess moisture and the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. As we know, these contaminants can spread quickly and cause respiratory problems as they are inhaled over time.

Do your best to keep an eye out for spots of mold and water on walls and ceilings and get professional help to get to the root of the problem.

Lawn Changes

Damage to your sewer line can produce a variety of lawn-related problems.

Puddles and Indentations

A more obvious indication of a sewer issue is pooling of septic waste in your yard. The smell and contamination are serious, meaning you should call in the experts immediately. The upside? Normally the problematic line or drain lies beneath the puddle, making it easier to locate and solve the break.

Greener Patches

On the flip side, a sewage leak can act as a fertilizer for your lawn. If you see green, lush patches of grass about your yard, you likely have a leak that needs repair. Although it’s tempting to keep the green going for the sake of your curb appeal.

Foundation Problems

An extreme problem caused by sewer issues is foundation and wall damage. If a leak goes undetected for an extended period of time, it causes the ground beneath the foundation to shift. This is when your foundation and walls can develop cracks, eventually leading to them not being able to support the home.


Rodents often live in sewers and travel through them until they find a place to squeeze through and enter your home. The same can be said for insects like cockroaches, palmetto bugs, and flies. If you have an infestation of any of these pests, you may want to consider calling in a professional for an inspection.

Sewer Services in Spring Hill

With top-of-the-line sewer technology, the professionals at Beemer Plumbing, LLC are prepared to help you gain control of your sewer again. We will identify current problems, repair them, and prevent future damage.

If you suspect a sewage problem in your home, give us a call immediately at (913) 933-0031 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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