A sewer line break is a nasty thing to have happen, and it can cause you a lot of problems. Calling a plumber out right away when you even suspect that this can be the problem is crucial. They can find the source of the issue and fix it for you. Here are some signs of broken sewer lines.
Your water bill surprises you
Generally, you will use the same amount of water in your household with some expected fluctuations during different seasons. However, you should pretty much know what to expect your bill to be each month after you have spent at least a year in your home. So, if you open your water bill all of a sudden and are shocked at the amount you owe, then call a plumber to take a look at your plumbing system. You may have a leak in your incoming water pipes, or you can even have a leak in your sewer line.
Foul odors in and/or around the home
If you have ever smelled sewage when you have been somewhere where plumbers have been working on sewer lines, then you will know this smell. If you smell sewage, then call a plumber out right away. However, in some cases, the sewage odor may not come up, but you may instead smell a musty odor caused by mold that is growing inside or even on the exterior of your home due to moisture getting to your flooring and/or walls. Mold is bad for your health and can destroy your home, so don't put off making that call to have someone come out.
Your plumbing system is giving you a lot of clogging issues
When there is a break in the sewer line, it can cause clogs throughout your home. While you may have come to expect a clog to happen occasionally in a picky drain in the house, there is no good reason why all of a sudden you would start to have clogs in more drains. One of the things that can explain the sudden change in your plumbing system is a break, and you need to have it dealt with as soon as you can physically get someone out to check things out.
Keep in mind, anytime you have a concern about anything in your home, it's best to be proactive. Even if it is proven that there isn't a problem, it will have been worth it to have things checked out because you will be given peace of mind. Call a plumber that offers pipe repair services for more information.