Warning Signs of Sewer Line Problems

Trenchless sewer line repair

The last thing a business or homeowner wants is a surprise sewer line problem. It can be messy, time-consuming, disruptive and expensive. That’s why NuFlow Indy aims to help Hoosiers discover issues with their sewer line before serious sewer problems emerge. 

Because the sewer line is underground it’s often easy to miss troublesome issues, but below are some warning signs that indicate you should get a sewer camera inspection for your Indiana home or business.

1. Strange gurgling sounds

If you hear a gurgling sound when you flush the toilet or run the dishwasher, get a professional to investigate. It’s easy to brush off unusual noises, especially in an older home, but it’s important to rule out serious sewer line problems. 

2. Increased water and sewer bill

If you haven’t increased the amount of water you’re using and the utility provider hasn’t hiked your rates, but your bill is still going up – it’s time to call a NuFlow Indy expert for a sewer line inspection. You could have a water leak or the sewer line could have an issue. 

3. Toilets are backing up

If your toilets are backing up, there could be a blockage in your sewer line that needs to be cleared urgently. If your toilets are so backed up that you can’t flush, a NuFlow Indy crew will first need to clear out the pipes so you can flush the toilet. Once water is flowing again and you’re able to flush, a local NuFlow Indy technician can insert a camera to find the source of the sewer line problem and provide a long-term solution. The source of the problem could be a corroded pipe, a tree root intrusion, a cracked pipe, etc… We can use our no-dig, trenchless technology to fix the problems and keep your toilets from backing up again in the future. It’s important to remember if you just clear out the pipes when you’re backed up, that doesn’t solve the root cause and you’re bound to face the same sewer line problem again in the future.

4. Sinks or toilets are taking a long time to drain

If you’ve noticed toilets and sinks throughout your house are all taking an unusually long time to drain, the problem is likely in your sewer line. If it’s just one sink that’s taking a little longer to drain or if it’s only your shower that has a bit of standing water – with no other issues throughout your house – a traditional plumber may need to unclog that particular drain. But if multiple sinks or toilets are moving slowly, that could very well be a warning sign that something is wrong with your sewer system. NuFlow Indy can do a camera inspection to find the source of the problem and fix it without digging.

5. Toilet, sink, or bathtub often gets clogged

If your toilet, sink or bathtub is clogging repeatedly – that could also be a sewer line problem. It’s even more likely if you’re having multiple clogs at the same time. For example, your tub is clogged at the same time as your toilet.

6. Unexplained odor

If you have a strange smell in your home, but can’t find the source – it could be a sewer line problem. If the smell is lingering, you should always check your drains. A sewer line that is working properly does not have holes from which a stench could escape. NuFlow Indy can find any holes, cracks or leaks that could be causing the smell and fix them without digging.

7. Unusually lush patches of grass

If there is an underground leak in your sewer system, it could cause the nearby grass to be much lusher and greener than the rest of your yard. While the free fertilizer may seem like a nice little perk, the leak will eventually cause major problems for you and possibly your neighbors.

Homeowners and Business owners are capable of doing many projects on their own without the help of professionals. While it may be tempting to try and fix a plumbing problem on your own, we highly recommend calling in the experts. While you might be able to find a short-term fix, NuFlow Indy can provide a long-term solution to give you peace of mind – all without digging up your yard, driveway or sidewalk.

If you’d like NuFlow Indy to conduct a sewer line camera inspection at your Indiana property, give us a call at 317-680-5783 or fill out this request form.

About the Author

Dave Perry

Dave Perry founded NuFlow Indy in 2016. Prior to founding NuFlow, Dave was the founder and CEO of DP Mechanical, a commercial and residential plumbing and HVAC business. He is a licensed plumber with 30+ years of experience in industrial, commercial and residential plumbing.

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