Sometimes, a broken sewer pipe is readily apparent, like when sewage starts to back up into your property. However, there are other times when the signs of a broken pipe are harder to make sense of.
As such, we wanted to share some of the common, but less obvious, signs that pipe repair may be needed. By informing yourself about these potential indicators, you may be able to spot a breakage or blockage before something disastrous happens.
First, if there is an unpleasant odor being emitted from the lowest floor of your property and you cannot identify the source, it is possible that your pipe is broken or backed up. The smell might be an indicator that the sewage is not making it from your property to the line that takes the sewage away to a treatment facility.
A persistent clogged drain or slow-flushing toilet might also be an indicator that something is wrong. There are plenty of other things that could cause these conditions, of course, but do not rule out a pipe blockage or breakage.
Third, if you ever hear a bubbling noise when you flush a toilet or use a sink, that might be air not being able to escape your sewer line, and that could be a symptom of a problem developing.
As we indicated earlier, these are not sure-fire signs that you have a blocked or broken pipe, but knowing that they could indicate a breakage or blockage might prevent the sure-fire sign of sewage flowing into your basement from happening.
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