Signs Of Home Sewage Line Failure

If you live in an area where sewer lines are connected directly to your home, then you are lucky that you do not need to contend with a septic tank and the regular pumping that needs to take place every few years. However, you should understand that a sewer line can fail much like a septic system can. There are a variety of signs that indicate that your sewer line has a serious problem. Keep reading to learn about these signs so that a sewer inspection can be scheduled as soon as possible with your local plumber. 

Changes in Your Lawn


If you see a sudden indentation in your lawn that forms towards the front of your home, then this may be a sign that your sewer line has broken. When the sewer line breaks, the pipe itself may shift to the side and allow the earth to fall into the space. Also, as the sewer line releases water, the soil will likely become quite wet.

Soil is generally made out of sand, clay, silt, and organic matter. Most of the materials that make up the soil are formed from very small particles that will stick together more firmly the more saturated they become. This causes compression and so does the weight of the soil as water is absorbed. Eventually, the indentation may also seem to appear wet too, where water pools in the area. This happens when the soil has become so saturated with water that the fluid will move up to the surface of your property where it can escape.

Green and Brown Grass

Not only will you see a slight indentation in your lawn, but you will probably see grass and other plants that are noticeably greener with more significant growth. Sewage contains a great deal of nitrogen, just like many of the commercial fertilizers sold on the market. Once you see the green growth, you may also see a patch of brown grass forming over time.

Too much nitrogen will actually burn the grass. This is one reason why you are not supposed to put too much fertilizer on your lawn. If you do see these brown spots, then the issue is serious since the lawn is likely being exposed to constant and high levels of sewage. Contact a plumbing specialist immediately. You may need to invest in the installation of a brand new sewage line within a timely manner.

Sluggish Drainage

It may make sense that a clogged sewage line will cause slow drainage in the home. However, it may not make sense that the same issue will occur when the sewage line breaks and releases a great deal of water and sewage through the break and also through the rest of the sewage line. However, your drainage system will rely on suction to help pull the wastes away from your home. This suction is most significant along the sewage line since it is a closed system. Also, the sewage pipes will be large lines that help to pull the wastes downward towards the much larger sanitary sewer system that runs along your street. 

When the sewage line breaks, the suction is disrupted and air is introduced to the line that may push back the other way against the waste. This will result in drainage that appears sluggish all throughout the home. You are likely to see the worst problems coming from your toilet, since this part of the drainage system relies the most heavily on suction to move large pieces of waste. 

If you notice changes in your lawn or sluggish drainage throughout the home, then it is wise to contact a plumber to complete a sewage inspection. This way, the damage can be found and fixes can be performed so you can use your drainage system normally again.