When it comes to routine plumbing problems, you know when to call a plumber. Some of those routine problems may include clogged toilets, leaking faucets, or jammed garbage disposals. However, there are also times when a plumber might be needed for more serious issues, such as a damaged sewer line. Unfortunately, sewer line issues can be complex to identify, especially if you're not sure what to look for. If you're dealing with issues that you've never faced before, read the list provided below. If you're experiencing any of these issues, call a plumber right away. These symptoms are signs that your sewer lines are in need of repair.
Gurgling From the Toilets
If you've got some gurgling coming up through the toilets, you need to take a closer look. It's not uncommon for toilets to make unusual sounds, especially after a large amount of fecal matter or toilet paper is flushed. The gurgling can be a sign that the large mass is struggling to fit through the pipes. In most cases, the sound should go away with the next flush. However, if your toilets are gurgling on a regular basis, and the sound is getting more pronounced with each flush, you need to have your sewer lines inspected right away. The gurgling could be a sign of a blocked or broken sewer line. Either way, you need to have the issue resolved immediately.
Cracks in the Foundation
If you live in an area where seismic activity is normal, you can expect to see some new cracks in the foundation from time to time. This is especially true after a mid to moderate earthquake. You might also expect to see some foundation cracks in older homes, especially as the ground settles. However, if foundation cracks pop up out of nowhere, and the cracks appear to be moist, you could have a sewer line issue that needs to be repaired. A broken sewer line can cause water to come up through the soil, which can cause cracks in the foundation. These types of issues need immediate attention.
Dirt Inside the Bathtubs
If you or your kids were extra dirty, you might see some dirt around the drain after your shower or bath. You can also expect to see some dirt around the drain when you bathe your pets, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. However, if your tub has dirt around the drain after normal use, and the appearance of dirt is happening more often, it's time to call a plumber. That dirt could be a sign that your sewer drains are compromised and dirt is being pushed up into your home.
Contact a company like Morris & Son Sewer & Drain LLC to learn more.