Home Sewer Issues: Drain, Backup and Lawn Signs

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In part one of this two-part series, we discussed some initial considerations for homebuyers regarding possible sewer issues in the homes they’re considering purchase of. Main sewer lines are vital components that can cost a lot of money to remedy if there’s an issue, so knowing their status before completing your purchase is important.

At Aerolite Consulting, we offer the very best home inspection services available in Salt Lake City, Provo, Orem, St. George or other parts of Utah. Main sewer lines are often key components during these inspections, and buyers need to be aware of any possible issues within them. Continuing from part one of our series, today’s part two will go into some of the other signs that a main sewer line problem could be at play, plus what inspectors are looking for in these areas.

Multiple Slow or Gurgling Drains

If just one drain in a given home is having issues, it might not be too big a problem – it could be due to minor clogs, or a blockage elsewhere in the line. However, if multiple drains – sinks, toilets, showers, etc. – are running slow or making gurgling noises, then it could be indicative of an issue with the main sewer line.

This is because the slow draining could be caused by a larger blockage further down in the line, somewhere after the point where multiple drains connect together. Sewer-clearing products might provide temporary relief, but that won’t solve the issue if it’s more serious than just minor clogs.

Sewage Backups

Another clear sign of potential issues with the main sewer line is sewage backing up into various areas in the home. This could come from a toilet, shower or sink, and it’s indicative of an issue somewhere along the line that needs to be resolved.

It’s important to note here too that not all backups are due to problems with the main sewer line. If just one particular drain is backed up, it could be due to a blockage in the pipe leading from that specific fixture – this would still need to be addressed, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s an issue with the main line itself.

Particularly Lush Grass

Main sewer lines run underneath the grass of a home’s property, so if you happen to notice particularly lush or green patches in any given area, it could be an indication that there is a leak somewhere along the line. This will often be due to tree roots that have grown and infiltrated the line, but it could also mean that there is a gap in the line itself.

Either of these issues needs to be addressed quickly, as they could lead to major damage if left alone for too long.

At Aerolite Consulting, we understand the importance of a home inspection for buyers before closing on their purchase. Main sewer lines are a key component to these inspections, and our experts know exactly what to look for when it comes to potential issues. If you’re looking for an experienced team in Salt Lake City, Provo, Orem, St. George or other parts of Utah, contact us today to get started.