How to Identify Leaks in Sewer Lines and Main Lines

How to Know the Difference and What to do about it

There are standard signs of a pipe bursting and in need of repair, but how can you tell if it’s in sewer lines or in main lines? Both are equally stressful but here are some ways to tell if it’s connected to a sewer or main line. You will need to identify and know, however, some of these will overlap.

Sewer Line Leaks:

  • If there’s a rotten egg odor coming from drains, you can know that it is a sewer line that is backing up.
  • Various drains are not working or flowing slowly – particularly the drains in your basement or bottom floor. It’s different if there is only one drain backing up. There may be a blockage just in that drain. But if it is many drains at the same time, this is a sewer line problem.
  • Cracks in the cement of your home or yard (this could be the main leak too) but if there is a bad smell around the area, this is a sewer line issue.
  • Moisture or puddle in the yard that was not originally there. If it stinks around this moisture or puddle, this is a sewer line problem.
  • You can hear a gurgling noise from your pipes. It may indicate a blockage in the pipe or sewer line, or it could mean bad ventilation for the pipe. A professional Oregon plumber, Washington plumber, and Nevada plumber can diagnose the difference.

Main Line Leaks:

  • Inspect for fractures in the cement of your basement or yard.
  • Your water bill is surprisingly high though you haven’t used much, this is a sign that water is escaping out of a line or pipe instead of your tap.
  • A puddle or moisture in your yard, this is an indication of a main line leak. But if the water does not smell, it is a sign that the problem is in the main line.
  • You can hear a water hammer or a loud banging sound in the walls, and this could be a result of a main leak or burst. It could also be caused by water pressure that is too high, pipes that are not tightly secured, or poor ventilation for the pipes. A professional plumbing in Oregon – Bend plumber, Eugene plumber, Portland plumber, Salem plumber, and also in Washington and Las Vegas plumbing, can let you know the source and the solution of the water hammer.

With a few various options when it comes to repairing either sewer line or main lines. You may have heard of trenchless pipe repair and the more traditional pipe repair of digging up the pipe. And, there are different benefits to both. Not only we service Oregon and Nevada but we also service Washington areas- Bellevue plumber, Seattle plumber, Spokane plumber, Tacoma plumber, Vancouver plumber.

Einstein Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling can help you diagnose, repair, and service your sewer & main lines. We also offer a wide variety of plumbing, water heater, and heating & cooling services, you can count on our licensed, bonded, insured, and experienced plumbers to take care of your needs. Make sure to call us at 888-671-7767 or email [email protected] if you need a trusted and reliable plumbing services.

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