An efficient, well-maintained plumbing system supports many different functions in your home. As your home ages, it’s best to monitor the wear and tear on your entire plumbing system – especially your sewer pipe. These are the telltale signs which may indicate you have a leaky or failing sewer pipe or pipe damage:
Increase in Water Usage
The easiest way to uncover a sewer issue is to look at your water consumption. If you look at your monthly bill and see a significant increase in volume of water it can be the most common indicator that your sewer pipes are leaking. A water bill typically varies between $10-$15 per month, so if it is higher, you may want to have your pipes inspected.
A very unpleasant odor from toilets and sinks can indicate toxic mold or mildew is growing within the pipe. If there is a musty or moldy odor in your sink or toilet, then it’s likely there is water damage or pockets of moisture that has built up from a cracked pipe.
Water Pressure Issues
It’s also important to be aware of another common sign of pipe damage – lower water pressure or flow. Water pressure is the force with which the water is being pushed out. If your pressure is low, it will indicate the sewer pipe has expanded, cracked or burst. Water flow is the physical liquid, or volume, of water the sewer pipe receives from sinks, tubs and showers. If there is less flow, then the pipe is leaking somewhere.
Persistent clogging could also be a sign of a broken sewage pipe. The buildup of debris, grease, and hair can clog sewer pipes and cause even more serious damage. If other pipes in the system are clogging on a consistent basis, then it’s probably a break in your sewer pipe.
If possible, it’s best to have a plumbing maintenance schedule in place with a professional plumber. If you are facing any type of repairs, visit our showroom and our associates can help find whatever is needed.