Posted on 9/12/2013

A malfunctioning sewer pipe is a serious concern for any homeowner. To properly repair your sewer issue, your plumber will first determine whether your sewer pipe is broken or clogged. By properly diagnosing your sewer pipe problem, your plumber will be able to provide you with the appropriate repairs and services. Here is a look at how to identify the difference between a clogged or broken sewer pipe.

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Symptoms of a Broken Sewer Pipe
If you suspect that your sewer pipe may be broken, you should first call your city maintenance office to see if the break has occurred with a main sewer line. If the sewer main has broken, it is the responsibility of the city to provide repairs. On the other hand, you will need to schedule repairs for a broken sewer pipe on your own property. To determine if your sewer pipe is broken, look for unusually wet or soft ground in your back yard. Leaking sewage also has a distinctive odor, so smell the air around your property to detect any sewage smells.

Symptoms of a Clogged Sewer Pipe
To identify the symptoms of a clogged sewer pipe, you should evaluate the condition of your toilet and faucets. If your toilet bowl fails to refill after you flush, this is an indicator of a clog somewhere in your sewer pipe. A sewer pipe blockage may also cause drains around your home to back up or bubble. You may also hear unusual noises when you pour water down your drain.

At the first sign of a sewer line emergency, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (888) 349-8161. We provide homeowners throughout the Libertyville area with a full range of plumbing services, and our fully licensed and insured plumbing professionals will ensure that the job is done right, every time. We look forward to assisting you with all of your plumbing needs.