Is There a Problem With My Sewer?
Believe it or not, one of the most common plumbing problems a homeowner can run into is one with their sewer. While this essential piece to the plumbing puzzle might be an afterthought, it should be at the forefront of anyone’s mind.
However, if you think that the root of your plumbing problem might surpass a clogged drain, here are some things to consider if you feel that your sewer requires some TLC:
What are Common Signs of a Sewer Problem?
You know the moment well: While you’re taking a shower, you start to feel water pooling around your feet — but the minute you turn your H2O off, the “leftover water” at the bottom seems to be draining at the speed of a tortoise.
Typically, this is due to a clog in your shower drain — but if the water appears to be draining at a glacial pace throughout your home (not just at one drain), then there may be a problem with your sewer.
Sewage On Your Property
No, we’re not talking about fecal matter left by your dog, cat, or a wild animal, but rather random sewage pooling around your property. Before you see it, there’s a chance you’ll smell it — which isn’t something any homeowner would want to inhale. Many times, the reason this happens is due to a broken mainline.
Strange Smells Coming From Your Toilet
In a situation similar to smelling sewage on your property, if you happen to smell a foul odor after you’ve flushed your toilet bowl, there’s a chance your sewer needs some TLC as soon as possible. Many times, this happens because there’s an issue with the p-trap in your toilet — an essential piece that helps block out sewer gases.