Watch Your Yard For These Telltale Signs Of Water Or Sewer Line Damage

Water and sewer line breaks promise big problems for homeowners. Not only will a homeowner with a broken line be wasting money on water that never makes it to their faucet or waste water that never makes it to the sewer, but they could also be exposed to dangerous health risks. Oftentimes, the first signs of a water or sewer line break are witnessed outside the home. Read on to learn about 4 things you might spot in your yard that will warrant a visit from an emergency plumbing service.

Peculiar Puddles

Everybody gets a few puddles of water in their yard after it rains -- this can be expected. However, rain puddles, through evaporation and permeation, dry up rather quickly. If a puddle in your yard seems to be lingering around for an extended period of time, there's a good chance that it's the result of a broken water or sewer line.

Sewer leaks are more apparent, because sewer gasses leak out of the pipe along with the water, creating a foul odor. If it's an intake water line that's broken, however, the puddle will be almost indistinguishable from a rainwater puddle, besides the fact that it won't dry up.

Disturbing Dips

Water from a broken water or sewer line doesn't always make it to the surface of the ground. Sometimes it pools below the surface, softening the soil and causing an area of the ground to collapse. The collapsed ground may present itself as a large sinkhole, a slight dip, or as a lawn blister with a raised center area that is super-spongy to walk on.

If you notice an indentation of any sort in your yard that you don't recall ever being there before, it's time to call a plumber and have your sewer and water lines inspected for damage.

Gorgeous Or Gross Grass Growth

Human sewage makes great fertilizer; sewage sludge is used to keep golf courses looking vibrant and in the growing of some feed crops for farm animals. This is okay only because the waste sludge has had its toxins removed by waste water treatment facilities before making its way to the plants it fertilizes.

Even in its raw state, though, sewage will provide nutrients to plant life. If you notice that a patch of grass in your yard is suddenly brighter and lusher than the grass in the rest of your yard, there is a good chance it is getting a boost of nutrients from a small break in the sewer line under your yard.

If your sewer or water line is severely broken, you'll have the opposite problem. The grass above the broken line will get fried by an excess of nutrients, thus turning brown or yellow in color, or it will simply die off due to over-watering. Either way, if you notice a patch of grass in your yard that looks different than the grass around it, it's time to call a plumber.

Waste-Loving Wildlife

There are lots of insects that love a good pool of standing water to breed in, so if you have a broken water line you'll likely notice that the mosquitoes and flies have become especially abundant in your yard.

If your sewer line is broken, you'll notice an increase in the amount of birds and rodents prancing about your property, too. Sewage contains organic matter, so it's avidly sought out by hungry, opportunistic scavenger animals. And many of the insects and animals that don't eat sewage will eat the insects and animals that do, so it's still worth their time to show up in your yard and see if there is a snack available for them. If you notice your yard is suddenly filled with more wildlife than ever before, it's time to investigate the state of your water and sewer line.

If you've got a broken water or sewer line at your home, you're wasting money and risking your health. Contact an emergency plumber, such as those at Plumb Pros Plumbing Heating & Drains, right away if you notice any of the above signs of water or sewer line trouble in your yard.


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