Tips For Discovering Sewer Leaks

There are few things more disgusting than leaking sewage pipes. Not only do these leaks cause smelly problems, but they can also cause damage to the surrounding home or yard. Furthermore, once pipes have already developed severe leaks, they can be very expensive to fix. For that reason, it's always best if you discover leaks or potential leaks early on and get them taken care of quickly, before they have time to cause major issues.

A Water Bill That's Through the Roof

If you notice a sudden spike in your water bill, yet you haven't been using your water more often, it's good idea to get your sewage pipes checked out. Leaking or problematic pipes will lead to excess water consumption, which means a big increase in your bill. Calling out professionals to come take a look at your pipes might be a hassle, but it's a whole lot better than paying high water bills every month on top of the cost of fixing your pipes.

A Stinky Smell

If you can smell something foul in your yard, in your home, or anywhere close to where your sewer pipes lie, you might just have a leak. The smell is pretty obvious; it smells like rotting human waste, which is exactly what it is. Well, to be more precise, it's the gases from this waste. As they escape through the leak site, they release their fumes into the air, which is not only smelly but could also be dangerous if anyone lights a match in the vicinity. Don't take chances with your safety or your nose; call up the professionals to check things out. Even if you don't have a leak, odors often mean that sewage pipes are backing up or that some other problem is brewing.

Soft Spots on Your Lawn

When you take a walk around your yard, do you notice any patches that feel "mushy?" They may have brownish colored liquid visible at the surface, or they may just be moist and cause a "sinking" feeling under your feet.

If you can't pinpoint an obvious cause for these spots, such as recent rainfall, they might be caused by an underground sewage leak and will need to be checked out promptly.

As you can see, sewage leaks typically give off many obvious signs. If you happen to notice any of these signs, don't hesitate to get help from a professional, such as those from First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc.