Symptoms Your Sewage Line is Compromised

A damaged or broken sewage line can be a very costly repair, not to mention a headache to deal with. It’s not a pretty sight or smell. That’s why we wanted to take the time today to outline the tell-tale signs that indicate your sewer line needs immediate, professional attention.

Septic Waste in Your Yard

If septic wastewater is pooling in your yard, there’s no question about it–your sewer line is broken. A broken line can result from a faulty septic pipe, a cracked mainline, or a clogged drain field. This fix is easily identifiable, as the pool of wastewater in your yard is a map, leading directly to the break in your sewage line. The location of your pooling wastewater coincides with the location of the issue, so our professional plumbers will have it fixed in no time!

Solution: You will need conventional or pipelining repair. You will need one of our skilled main sewage line professionals, as your water needs to be shut off for your pipe to be repaired.

Backups and Blockages

Sewage backups are typically caused by a blockage in the mainline and manifest within the lowest, open drain in the house. If you experience a backup every time you flush your toilet, run water through a sink, or drain water from a bathtub–there’s a problem in your mainline. If there is only one drain that is backing up, your mainline is not involved. So the rule is simple: multiple drain clogs mean mainline troubles.

Common mainline backups or blockages that require repair:

  • Tree root intrusion
  • Cracks in the pipe
  • Misaligned pipe connections

Solution: Call one of our professional plumbers! They will conduct a sewer video inspection. After the issue is diagnosed, we will get right to work on restoring or replacing your sewage line.

Odor and Mold

Rely on your senses. There is a very distinct odor that accompanies a cracked sewer line. Working sewage lines are completely airtight, and do not allow any odor to creep out of the pipe. So, if a foul smell is pervading your property, your sanitary sewer line is cracked.

Additional complications come with a cracked sewage line. Broken sewage lines raise the humidity in your home, creating ideal conditions for mold growth. If this issue goes unattended, mold can spread and affect your entire home.

Solution: If you are experiencing the double whammy that is mold growth and simultaneous sewer odor, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We will locate and repair your cracked pipe, eliminating mold growth and unsavory smells.

Rodent and Insect Infestation

Rats live in sewers. So, a crack in your main sewer line gives rats a pathway into your home. Believe it or not, the average rat is able to fit through an opening the size of a quarter. You just don’t want rats in your home, as they carry easily spread diseases and are, well, just gross.

Insects are also a symptom of a cracked sewer line. Cockroaches, the main species responsible for home invasions, are able to slip into cracks as small as a dime, and will also be attracted to the newfound moisture in your home.

Solution: If your pest control provider fails to solve your pest problems, it could be your main sewer line. Call Dillon Plumbing for a full inspection to make sure your sewer line is intact.


If you are experiencing symptoms of a compromised main sewage line, contact the professionals at Dillon Plumbing by filling out a contact form, or by giving us a call at (208) 466-3707.