Sewage back-up is potentially hazardous for your health. If you are experiencing a sewage back-up, then you should contact a professional plumbing service immediately to get it under control. It may not be apparent at first that your plumbing is facing complications. That is why it is important to be aware of potential signs of problems with your sewer line, as it carries all of your solid wastes and waste water out of your home. Here are three signs that your sewer line is in big trouble.
There are soggy brown patches in your yard.
The sewer line carries waste water from underneath your house out into the municipal sewer below the street. If there is a complication that has resulted in a sewage leak, then you are likely to see evidence of it in your front yard. As sewage seeps into the soil, plants begin to die. You will notice soggy, wet patches in your lawn and see your flowers and other plants dying in these affected areas. These patches may also carry a foul odor. Keep your children and pets away from these spots in your yard, as exposure to sewage carries many health risks.
Your tub and toilet are draining slowly.
Your tub and toilet have the lowest drains in your home. If there is a complication with your sewer line, then it is likely that your tub and toilet are draining slowly. These are also the first drains that are likely to experience a sewage back up if your sewer line is completely compromised. If you notice that your tub is draining too slowly, check the drain for a clog, such as a hair clog. Keep a mesh basket fitted in the drain to keep hair and other debris from clogging the drain. If a clog is not the culprit, then you need to call a plumbing service immediately.
There is black mold growing on your floors and walls.
The pipes that drain waste water into your sewer line may experience pressure, and therefore leaks, if there is a backup in the sewer line. These pipes are inside your walls and perhaps under your floors. As the leaks persist, then black mold may develop due to the enclosed, dark, moist environment created. Black mold carries many health risks, especially for people with allergies, children and elders exposed to it. Symptoms of black mold exposure include eye irritation and difficulty breathing.
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