When people think of a plumbing nightmare, they usually think of issues with their sewer system. Every once in a while, a family will face the unfortunate reality that their sewer system is leaking into their basement. This is a catastrophic problem. Not only is it disgusting, but a sewer line leak can also cause damage to your property, furniture, valuables, and anything else that you are storing in your basement. It should go without saying that the best way to handle these plumbing problems is to avoid them altogether. The good news is that it is rare for a sewer line to crack, break or leak without some previous warning signs. Below are some of the ways that you can identify a problem with your waste removal system.
Your Home Smells Like Sewage
Let’s start with the most obvious one. Certain areas of your home will begin to smell like sewage inexplicably. This is not a normal situation and signs that there are issues somewhere in your sewer line. These leaks can be small but potent. This means that even though you can smell the problem, you may not visually see where the leaks are coming from. Our plumbers use the latest technology to pinpoint sewer line leaks so that the issue can be adequately diagnosed and resolved.
Install a Backwater Valve
Most homes in Salt Lake City will already have what is called a backwater valve. This handy and inexpensive valve is designed to activate when sewer waste and water flow in the wrong direction. The valve shuts off the flow of sewer waste when it goes in the wrong direction, flowing into your home instead of away from your home and into the community sewer system. If you do not have a backwater valve, you may want to consider installing one, especially if your home and sewer system are on the older side.
Your Drains Are Slow and Several Are Clogged
It is expected from time to time for drains to become clogged. Ideally, the only items that should ever go down the drain are human waste, minimal amounts of toilet paper, and human waste. We all know that this sometimes doesn’t happen, especially if you have small children living in your home. While a single toilet or sink clog is typical, it is not normal for several drains to be clogged at once. Call a local drain cleaning specialist If you notice that your shower, toilet, and bathroom sink are clogged or slow to drain.
Strange Noises When you Flush a Toilet or Run the Sink
Remember that your home’s drain lines should be able to operate with almost no noise. While it may be normal to hear water flowing, it is not customary to hear strange noises. These noises can range in sound types and severity. Many of our customers have heard noises that can be described as bubbling, rattling, grinding or even deep growls that sound like a monster or a ghost in your home. Believe it or not, people have thought their home is haunted by an evil spirit, only to find out that the strange noise was from their plumbing system.
If you live in or around Salt Lake City, UT, our plumbers are here to help. Give us a call at (801) 601-1298 to learn more about our services to help ensure your sewer lines are ready for the holidays and winter freeze.