Inspecting sewer lines in the past has always been a tricky business. Typically, a homeowner never knew they had a problem until there was a sewage backup or another major issue. Even then, plumbers usually tried methods like snaking the line. If that fixed the problem, the specific cause was never found. If a homeowner wanted to get to the bottom of the issue, they had to go through the process of digging up the sewer line and replacing it. Fortunately, we now have a method to inspect the sewer line without all the hassle. By sending a scope into the sewer line, potential problems can be diagnosed, and plumbing issues can be corrected appropriately.
How Do I Know if I Should Get My Sewer Line Scoped?
Although routine sewer inspections are ideal for identifying problems you may have down the road, there are a few indicators that you should get an inspection immediately. Be sure to call a plumber for a sewer scope if you experience any of these signs of sewer problems.
- Cracks in your home’s walls or foundation. Broken sewer lines allow wastewater to escape into the soil around your home. This can cause your foundation to shift and create cracks.
- Odor of sewer gas. A sewer line should be airtight and not allow any odors to escape. If you are smelling unpleasant odors, you may have a crack in your line.
- Very lush green grass patches. If you have an underground sewage leak, the waste can act as a fertilizer and create noticeable lush grass patches.
- Slow drainage. Showers, tubs, and sinks that do not drain as efficiently as they once did likely have a clog.
- Overflows or backups. If you experience a backup when you turn on your water or your toilet overflows, this may indicate that you have a clogged line.
If you are experiencing any of these plumbing issues and need your sewer line scoped, call Birmingham Plumbing at (248) 952-9900.