Sewer Problem Signs: Foundation Damage, Low Pressure

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the most common signs that may indicate issues in your main sewer line. This line is one of the most important in any home plumbing system, pulling from all the drains in your home and connecting your system to the public sewer line, so managing any problems taking place within it is extremely important.

At My Buddy the Plumber, we’re here to help with a variety of sewer line needs, from trenchless sewer line repair to sewer line cleaning and many other services. What are some of the other possible signs that your system could be experiencing issues in the main line, and what should you do if you spot them? Here’s a rundown.

Finding Sinkholes or Cracks in Your Foundation

In many cases, the first way you’ll notice a leaking main water line is when it begins to create erosion and other damage to your home’s foundation. You may notice cracks in the foundation, sinkholes forming around your yard, or other similar signs. If you notice any of these problems taking place near your sewer line, it’s a good idea to call a plumber to find out if there are any issues with the main sewer line.

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Low Water Pressure at All Faucets

Another common sign of a main sewer line issue is low water pressure affecting not just one faucet, but all of them throughout your home. In many cases, low water pressure is a sign that there is a small clog in the line, either from a piece of debris or roots invading the inside of the pipe over time. When this occurs with your main sewer line, it’s important to call a plumber for immediate assistance.

This even extends to outdoor faucets or water lines, which are typically connected to the main line. Low water pressure in these areas can result from a clogged main line, so it’s important to make sure there isn’t an issue before attempting to fix the problem yourself.

Cloudy or Diluted Water

Finally, while there might be a few reasons your water has turned cloudy, disintegration or damage to main sewer line pipes is definitely a possibility. If your main line is experiencing problems, it may be pulling in more water than usual and then pushing it back into the system.

If this happens, you will want to confirm the issue isn’t due to some other concern, such as a faulty tap or low water pressure. If your plumber gives you the green light and confirms that it’s due to a main sewer line issue, getting it fixed will be crucial for ensuring there’s no more damage done.

For more on the common signs of a damaged main sewer line, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff at My Buddy the Plumber today.