First of all, let’s get it out of the way, yes, there's a difference between a blocked sewer and a broken sewer line. The former is easier to handle as it could be cleared effectively using high-pressure water jet. However, broken sewer pipes are much harder to tackle as it requires to be extracted and replaced by new pipes.
While there are plenty of gorgeous and charming older homes in Sydney, most of them are prone to broken and cracked sewer pipes. This is because of the materials used in them has deteriorate over time, especially if they use clay or metal pipes.
So you may be asking what are the signs of broken sewer pipe? Well, lucky for you, we’ve come up with 6 signs that you indicate you have a broken pipe in your home.
1. Cracks in Your Home
When there is a cracked or broken pipe in your sewer line, the water will leak and find its way into the foundation of your home. Over time, this will cause the walls of your home to crack open. To prevent damage to the foundation of your home, consider scheduling an appointment for a CCTV inspection. This will help you identify any broken pipes in your sewer line.
2. Odd Green Patches
The water from your leaky sewer pipes has many nutrients and it acts as a fertiliser that helps the grass in your yard to grow. So if you see any odd and random green patches of grass around the pipeline in your home, then contact your local plumber for an inspection straightaway.
3. Water Pooling
Another sign of broken sewer pipe is if you notice pools of water with foul odor around your yard. Water pooling without the smell could be due to a broken water pipe. However, if you notice a persistent foul smell, then it is most likely caused by a broken sewer pipe.
4. Mould and Mildew
A broken pipe in your home will always lead to extra moisture and dampness. If you choose to ignore it, the moisture from your sewer line would be the ideal conditions for mould and mildew to grow in your home. It is important to prevent this as they could expose you to many health risks.
5. Multiple Blockages
Blocked drain in your home usually occurs in isolation, in other words, it will usually impact on drain in your home. However, if there are multiple plumbing fixtures that are blocked, it’s most likely that you have a sewer line issue in your home. Whether it is a broken sewer pipe or a blocked sewer pipe, you will need to contact a trusted plumber to fix it.
If you think you have an issue with your sewer line, why not give Mr. Splash - Local St George a call.