Knowing the signs that sewer repair services are needed can save homeowners an exceptional amount of money in repair costs. Some homeowners expect the signs of sewer issues to be over-the-top obvious. By the time a sewer issue gets to the point of being overly obvious, it will likely mean that it will take more aggressive and costly measures to fix the issue. There are several cues that can indicate that there is an underlying sewer problem. If homeowners pay attention to the signs, they might be able to save time and money and protect themselves against property damage. The following points represent a few things that you might notice if you have a sewer issue.
Changes in Grass Color
Sewer issues can cause the grass to become green in patches. The greener areas represent areas where there are potential leaks, and the greener appearance is indicative of the grass getting more nutrients from the water that is leeching/seeping into the lawn. The lush areas of the lawn might look spectacular and intriguing, but if they are not addressed, an expensive and impending sewer issue will eventually surface. Another potential change in the lawn color would be yellow patches. These are indicative of areas that have an oversaturation of water to the point that it depletes nutrients.
Lingering Offensive Scents
You can expect some scents to emit from the sewer area from time to time. However, lingering repulsive scents are indicative of something that needs to be addressed by a professional plumber. There are safety risks that can accompany this phenomenon. Exposure to raw sewage is a potential consequence.
A normal working plumbing system will drain out wastewater rather quickly. If there is a sewer issue, drainage will likely be slow. This can present itself as standing water in sinks and tubs. It can also present itself as toilet water that slowly drains out. In the case of a toilet, plunging and other measures might temporarily free clogs at the surface. However, if the true issue exists deep within the drain lines, a professional plumber will need to clear the clogs.
These sounds may occur in response to clogs. The sounds are indicative of water pushing past clogged areas. Initially, this sound might be a nuisance, but if the issue is not addressed, the sounds will stop. The situation will persist, and the outcome will likely be a backflow of contaminated water. A plumber is the best resource to use for suspected sewer issues.