Plumbing problems, while seemingly common, can be disastrous to your home if not attended to with the right professionalism. While a clogged sink may not give you cause for concern, problems such as a blocked toilet can result in unhygienic conditions in your home — as well as inconvenience. One plumbing emergency that most homeowners tend to assume they will never have to contend with is a sewer line leak. In truth, broken sewer lines are common, especially if you consider that a majority of these lines are quite old since they were installed decades ago. If you have never upgraded your plumbing hardware, then there is a chance that cracks in the sewer line can eventually cause a complete burst of the pipe. Here are the signs of a jeopardised sewer line that you should be wary of and cause you to call an emergency plumber immediately.
Unexplainable cracks on your walls and/or foundation
One of the subtle yet capital sigs of a potentially compromised sewer line is the development of unexplainable cracks on your walls and your foundation. When your sewer line bursts, water seepage occurs on the structures in close proximity to the burst pipe. While this may seem like mere damp spots on your walls, if it's left unchecked, it can damage the foundation and the walls, causing these structures to crack. If you do not locate the cause of the water damage, you could be putting your entire house at risk of foundation trouble down the road that will be expensive to repair. Thus, if you notice cracks, no matter how minor, on your walls, you should call a plumber to investigate if there is a sewer line break that needs attending to.
Unusual patches of green in your yard
Signs of green in your garden may seem like a good thing at the onset, but if this green is not uniform around your yard, then you should have cause for concern. When a sewer line bursts, faecal matter will seep into your lawn. Depending on where the burst sewer line is located, a specific part of your lawn will be receiving fertiliser from the waste, which results in parts of the garden becoming more verdant than others do. You may think that this is a good thing, but what you need to know is that the more faecal matter seeping your garden, the more of a biohazard this area becomes. If you have children or pets, they could frolic in this waste and this will translate into illnesses for your family. You should also be wary of foul odours permeating the property, which should have you enlist emergency plumbing services.