8 Signs Your Sewer Pipe Needs Repair

  • Prodigy Plumbing
November 30, 2020

When your sewer line breaks, you’ll need to address it immediately to avoid inconvenience and damage to your home. But how do you know when your sewer pipe is actually in need of repair? There are both subtle and obvious signs that hint to a broken sewer line. If you find yourself suspecting that something may be wrong, here are eight indications that your sewer pipe needs repair.

Foul Smells

If you begin to smell foul unfamiliar odors in your house then you should begin to be concerned about your sewer pipe. When your main sewer line is functioning and not in need of repair, the smell should remain inside the line.

Sewage Backup

If sewage backups become a frequent issue after every toilet flush then the issue may be with your main sewer pipe. There are different causes for sewage backups, but a high quantity of them usually spells trouble with your line which means that you’ll need to make a call to a trusted specialist like Prodigy Plumbing.

Draining Issues

Another characteristic of a sewer pipe in need of repair is a slow drain. A slow drain could just mean a simple clog. However, it could also signal an issue with your sewer line. No matter the severity of the issue, it is advised that you call an experienced professional to ensure that the problem isn’t exacerbated and is instead fixed.


A cracked or damaged sewer line will mean mildew and mold on your walls. This can occur because a damaged line will allow water to escape from it and come into your home.

A Green Lawn

Sewage acts as a good fertilizer so if you notice that your lawn looks much more green than usual, it could mean a sign of issues with your sewer pipe. Specifically, you want to be on the lookout for patches of green grass because if this does occur you’ll likely need to call a plumber soon after.

Increased Pests

Damage to your sewer pipe will, unfortunately, mean an increase in pests like mice and rats. These pests are attracted to the moistness and smells of sewer and will be eager to take advantage of the vulnerabilities of your pipe. Any pest that makes it way into your plumbing could cause serious harm to your home and health.

Lawn Indentations

A green lawn isn’t the only sign from your yard that something is wrong with your sewer line. A broken pipe will soak the soil around it causing your lawn to become uneven. Lawn indentations hint to possible sewer line problems.


One of the more clearer signs that your sewer pipe is in need of repair are puddles throughout your yard. This is a sign of a leaking or cracked sewer pipe leading to increased moisture in the soil.

A broken sewer pipe can have long-term consequences for you and your family. That’s why you need our team at Prodigy Plumbing who have provided cost-effective and exceptional service to Cerritos, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange County residents. If you’re interested in our services, give us a call at 562-413-1928 or schedule an appointment with us. Our professionals will come over to assess the problem and provide you with a free estimate.

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