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How Do You Know If Your Sewer Line Has Collapsed?

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A collapsed sewer line can cause significant problems and can be a costly issue to address. There are several signs and symptoms that may indicate a collapsed sewer line. If you notice any of the following, it’s important to take action promptly:

1. Slow or Clogged Drains

One of the most common signs of a sewer line issue is slow or clogged drains throughout your home. If multiple drains, such as sinks, toilets, or showers, are slow to drain or frequently clog, it could indicate a problem in the main sewer line.

2. Foul Odors

A collapsed sewer line can cause sewage to back up into your drains, leading to foul odors in and around your home. If you notice persistent, unpleasant smells in your yard or near drains, it’s a cause for concern.

3. Gurgling Noises

If you hear gurgling or bubbling sounds coming from your drains when you flush a toilet or use a sink, it could be a sign of a blocked or collapsed sewer line.

4. Water Backups

Sewage backups in your sinks, showers, or toilets are a clear indicator of a sewer line issue. This is a serious problem that requires immediate attention, as it can lead to property damage and health hazards.

5. Soggy Yard or Sinkholes

A collapsed sewer line can lead to sewage leaking into the ground, causing a soggy or waterlogged yard. In extreme cases, it may even result in sinkholes or depressions in your yard.

6. High Water Bills

A sudden increase in your water bills without a corresponding increase in water usage could indicate a leak in your sewer line. The constant flow of water from a broken pipe can drive up your water bills.

7. Pest Infestations

Sewage leaks can attract pests like rodents and insects. If you notice an unusual increase in pests in and around your home, it could be due to a sewer line issue.

8. Cracked or Sunken Pavement

If your sewer line runs under driveways or sidewalks, a collapse can cause the surface to crack, sink, or become uneven. This is a physical indication of a problem below ground.

Request A Free Assessment

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If you suspect that your sewer line has collapsed or is experiencing issues, it’s essential to contact a professional sewer company to assess the situation and provide the necessary repairs. Attempting to address a collapsed sewer line without the proper knowledge and equipment can lead to further damage and complications. At BRUTE Contracting, our team of sewer experts use specialized tools, such as sewer cameras, to inspect the line and determine the extent of the problem. We can then recommend the appropriate repairs or replacement of the sewer line if necessary. To request a free assessment for a collapsed sewer line, call our team at (201) 581-3740 or fill out our contact form.