Four Signs Your Main Sewer Line Isn't Doing So Well

Posted on: 4 April 2017

Your main sewer line is what connects your home's drain pipes to the public sewer system. This large pipe is usually out of sight and out of mind, so problems with it can go overlooked for months or years. However, a problem is always easiest to treat when it is small, so it's to your benefit to be on the lookout for these early signs of trouble with your main sewer line.

Your drains are slowing down.

One slow drain usually just means that drain needs to be cleared out. But if every drain in your home seems to be operating more slowly, you may have an issue with your main sewer line. Tree roots can grow into the line, or larger items, like diapers and toys, can get flushed down the pipes and become caught in the line.

There's a sewage odor in your yard.

You should never small fresh sewage in your yard of in front of your home. If you do, than this indicates that there is a leak somewhere. The leak may be in your main sewer line, or it may be in the public line that runs down your street. So, call the local water and sewer department first. They can check out their lines, and if they don't find a problem, you can call a plumber to find the issue in your privately owned sewer line.

You have mysterious water appearing in your basement.

If water comes in through a crack after a storm, that's one thing. But if there's water or moisture appearing in your bathroom and you simply can't figure out where it's coming from, there is a chance if might be from your main sewer line -- especially if the water is smelly. Many homes are built with the main sewer line running beneath the foundation. Your plumber may need to seal the line with epoxy or replace it completely to repair the leak and dry out your basement.

Your lawn has green patches.

If portions of your yard are coming in greener and lusher than the rest of the year, this can indicate a leaky sewer line. The sewage is essentially working as a fertilizer, feeding the grass above it. You may notice that these areas are also softer; water may even pool there after you take a lot of showers or do several loads of laundry. 

If you suspect there may be a problem with your main sewer line, contact a repair team before the problem gets worse. To find a repair team, check out a site like


Knowing When It’s Time to Call the Plumber

My name is Jason Lawrence, or around my house I’m sometimes known as “Daddy Fix-It.” My wife Sarah and I have four children all under the age of ten. I didn’t start out as a guy who was handy around the house, but I am learning to become a do-it-yourselfer for sure. Did I mention that I’m a bit stubborn? There are times I struggle with projects a little too long, and it takes my wife stepping in to convince me that it’s time to call a professional. I’ve become especially handy with plumbing projects. I don’t know why kids think toys belong in the toilet and doll hair is good for the bathtub drain, but around here those are weekly events. I’m going to share some of my experiences, how I fixed some of our plumbing problems, and when it becomes time to call the plumber.

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