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9 Signs Your Sewer Line Needs Fixing

Sewer line repair by Papalia Home Services in Massachusetts

9 Signs Your Sewer Line Needs Fixing

  • Plumbing

Functional plumbing is one of the most important parts of every household. However, it is far more intricate than the pipes and drains underneath your property. If a single plumbing system isn’t working within your Massachusetts home, even one outside, it can spell major problems for you and your property. When left unchecked, a damaged sewer line can flood your basement, burst your pipes, or even cause sewage backups!  If you’re experiencing one of these nine signs,  it’s important that you call the plumbing experts at Papalia Home Services as soon as possible to prevent costly repairs and damages down the road.


1. Slow draining

If the water in your sink and other plumbing is taking its sweet time going down the drain, that might be a sign of a damaged sewer pipe. The problem might just be a clogged pipe, but if a drain cleaning doesn’t fix it, the clog is likely much deeper in the sewer line. Some of the things that can cause this include tree roots, cracks in the pipe, and flushed objects clogging the pipe.

2. High water bills

If you notice that your water bills are steadily rising and you haven’t changed your water usage much, you might have a sewer leak. Higher water bills are often a sign that there’s a leak draining your water somewhere. You can trust Papalia Home Services to find and seal up the cracks causing your heightened water bills

3. Bad smells

Functional sewer pipes are airtight, so if you’re noticing foul smells coming from your drains, your yard, or around the house, a pipe might be cracked. Papalia Home Services can fix or replace that damaged pipe and keep your property smelling fresh.

4. Pools of septic water

A major sign that you can watch for as a homeowner is finding water where it shouldn’t be. The biggest red flag would include pools of standing septic water in our around your property. This should immediately indicate that the sewer line has damage, and you should immediately call us.

5. Low water pressure

Your home’s plumbing is sensitive to changes in water pressure and it requires a meticulous balance to work properly. In the case that your sewer line experiences damage, your home’s water pressure will drop and your plumbing won’t work as effectively. Annual inspections will help lessen the risk of this. Book your appointment with an expert early on to avoid costly expenses later.

6. Gurgling pipes

It’s normal for your pipes to make a small amount of noise when water is running through them. However, loud gurgling noises may indicate that there is trapped air emanating from a crack in the plumbing.

7. Animals attracted to your yard

If one of your sewer pipes are experiencing damage, the septic water may create foul smells and in turn may attract unwanted guests. The last thing you want as a homeowner is for your property to become a breeding center for Rodents and insects.

8. Unusually green lawn

Is your lawn looking particularly green and lush this year? Don’t be so quick to praise the new grass seed. Sewage leaking from your pipes makes great fertilizer, but it’s a fertilizer you don’t want your garden exposed to.

9. Cracked foundation

The last symptom, but an especially worrisome one. If you leave your sewer line damage unchecked, it might cause structural damage to your home. Some of the more extreme symptoms include cracked foundation and even sinkholes. This is a rare symptom for anyone who is good at maintaining their plumbing, but you should call for a professional immediately if you notice your foundation is cracked.


Don’t wait until your home is flooded with sewage, call us now!


Damaged sewer lines are never good, especially if they cause damage to your plumbing and home. Fortunately, if you’re good about maintaining your home’s plumbing, you can reduce the chance of sewer line damage and catch it early if it does come up. If you believe the sewer line in your Massachusetts home may have damage, call one of the professionals at Papalia Home Services. Not only will we repair your sewer line, but we’ll also ensure your home remains sewage-free!

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