10 Warning Signs of Drain And Sewer Problems

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10 Warning Signs of Drain And Sewer Problems

  • Drain & Sewer

Although maintaining a fully functioning drain system is a vital element to the upkeep of any home, this luxury is often taken for granted. Indeed, the literal lifeblood of any home, although most people discount the vitality of maintaining a functioning drain system, its importance becomes evident just moments after it begins to malfunction. Rather than waiting until you are forced to endure mishaps such as leaking, frequent clogging, and more, the following is an overview of 10 warning signs that you have a drain and sewer problems.

1. Water Flooding in the Basement

One of the top tell-tale signs of a drainage problem is spotting standing water in your basement. Given that this is the lowest point of your home, it should come to no surprise that waters from things such as overflowing gutters or a fluctuating water table would convene here. 

2. Strange Gurgling Noises Coming from Drain

Your drain/ sewer system should be virtually noise-free. Although there are certainly some exceptions, for the most part, you should not be able to hear what’s going on in your drainage system. If you hear strange gurgling noises coming from your system, this is a sign of some sort of blockage that should be addressed immediately.

3. Foul Odor Coming from Fixture Drains

In addition to that, if you smell any unexplained, unpleasant odors coming from your drain system, this is also a sign of an issue. You should never be able to smell things such as raw sewage assuming your day-to-day activities. If you notice a foul smell that can be likened to that of raw sewage, you may want to contact a plumbing professional as soon as possible. 

4. Home Came with Older Drainage System

Moreover, as with all elements of the home, your drainage system is subject to regular wear and tear. Perhaps, more so than most other elements of your home, your drainage system is one of the most often used parts of your home. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that having a home with an older drainage system would be subject to occasional to frequent malfunctions. 

5. Unexplained Spike in Water Costs 

When your water bill suddenly has an unexplained increase, there may also be an indication of a drain issue. This is largely due to the fact that sewage system issues are related to things such as leaks and frequent clogs, each of which tends to waste an excess of water which causes an increase in your monthly fees.

6. Poor Water Quality

Has there been a deterioration in terms of your quality of water? This is a serious sign that you should have your drain system checked immediately. Having drain problems can wreak havoc on your entire water supply by introducing an array of toxic materials and other potentially harmful contaminants. If you notice you water supply appears to be cloudy in nature, that it has a foul odor or anything else you feel is a cause for concern, contact a plumbing professional and have your drain system checked immediately. 

7. Low Water Pressure

If you have noticed that the pressure coming from your sink, bath, or toilet, you should definitely have your system checked. Many systems succumb to things such as tree roots or even feminine hygiene products, among other things. Once your system is sufficiently clogged, you will need a professional to remove the obstruction and get your system back in working order. 

8. Multiple Clogged Fixtures 

Although every drain system is subject to an occasional clog, if you have multiple fixtures in your home all clogged at the same time this is a cause for concern. Given that sewage systems tend to get clogged in the most unreachable places, if your drains seem to be moving more slowly than usual, you may have a massive clog in an unseen area of your home.

9. Slow Drainage

Furthermore, even if your system isn’t actually clogged and is just moving more slowly than usual, this is also a warning sign. In addition to potentially being clogged, your system may just begin to become more sluggish as things cease to work as sufficiently as they once did. 

10. Frequent Overflowing of Toilet

Lastly, if your toilet overflows frequently, this can be a massive sign that you need to have your drain system replaced. Indeed, while a well-functioning drainage system does not typically have such issues, a drainage system with issues with having sporadic issues in regards to the random rising and falling of toilet water levels and more. 

Overall, if you do not pay close attention to the early warning signs of drain and sewer problems, you may end up paying dearly in the end. Not only will you be forced to endure hours, days, or even weeks without a properly functioning drainage system, but you will also put your home at risk for water damage, spikes in service fees and much more. 

If you’re home is suffering from drain and sewer problems, then its time to schedule service with Papalia today!

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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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