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7 signs you have a broken sewer line

Broken Sewer line

A broken sewer line is a huge nuisance for homeowners and building owners – one that can lead to large and expensive repairs if not taken care of in a timely manner.

But how do you know if you have a broken sewer line? It can be difficult to tell, but there are several signs you can watch for. In this article, we’re going to take a look at seven signs you have a broken sewer line. 


One sure-fire sign that there is something wrong with your sewer line is if you have a strange sewer-like smell in your house. Sewer lines are airtight, so smelling any king of sewer gas is sign you have a problem. And it needs to be inspected by a sewer repair professional. 


Repeat sewer stoppages, slow, gurgling or clogged drains – these are all potential signs there is a break in your sewer line. If your lines continue to be clogged or slow after being cleared, you need a pipe inspection to see if there are any cracks, breaks, or clogs in your sewer lines. 


Other than when flushing, your toilet should not make any loud or odd noises. If it does, that’s a strong indication there is a problem in your sewer pipes that needs to be investigated. 


If there are parts of your lawn that look a little too good, your sewer lines could be broken and leaking into your lawn. This essentially fertilizes those spots in your yard. Because of that, the nutrients seep into your lawn and can make spots look greener and more lush than other spots in your yard. 


Conversely, if too much sewage is leaking from your pipes into your lawn, you could end up with a stinky pool of sewage collecting on top of your lawn. If this is the case, you have either a broken sewer line or problem with your septic tank. 


Rodents, like mice and rats, and bugs can spend most of their days exploring sewers. They can easily find a way into your home through a broken sewer line. Rodent droppings and urine can be harmful or even fatal to people, so if you see mice or roaches in your home without a reasonable cause, a broken sewer pipe could be the culprit. 


Cracked or broken sewer lines can cause major problems to your foundation, sidewalks, patios, or other concrete structure. As your pipes leak, the ground gets soft and causes concrete slabs to shift and sink. This can lead to settlement, sink holes, cracks, and unsafe tripping hazards on your property. 


When it comes to fixing a sewer line, there are three main options to choose from: Traditional excavation, pipe bursting, or trenchless pipe lining.

Traditional pipe lining and repair is costly and requires more time and resources than trenchless repair and lining. It involves digging out one or more places in your yard or driveway to access your sewer lines for repairs or replacements. It also requires more manpower and, typically, more headaches and cost. 

Pipe bursting requires less digging than traditional methods. The method has pros push the pipe out  of the ground and replace it with a new pipe with little or no digging. 

Trenchless pipe lining, also known as cured in place pipe (CIPP) lining, is a modern and cost-effective alternative to traditional excavation repair methods and pipe bursting, and it’s what we specialize in.

SPT Ohio can fix your sewer pipe problems without even having to dig up your yard or add any new pipes. That’s right – no digging and no damage to your property. 

Using an access point already on your property, the trenchless method uses a resin-soaked liner that is fed through your pipes, covering all cracks and failing sections within the pipe. 

Once everything is in place, a bladder is filled with air and left to cure in place for 3 to 4 hours. Once the “new pipe” has cured, the bladder is removed and one last camera inspection is done to make sure there are no issues with the liner, leaving you with a safely lined pipe-within-a-pipe that will serve you for years to come. 

No new pipes, no digging, no property damage, no problems. That’s innovation. 

Give us a call today at 419-834-8366 or visit sptohio.com for your free consultation.