How To Inspect Your Sewer Line After An Extreme Rain Storm

With winter here, home owners all over the country are being subjected to extreme weather. Heavy rain, wind, and large amounts of melting snow can cause damage to the earth surrounding your home, potentially unearthing or crushing pipes in the process. If you've recently been through a bad storm, it's a good idea to have your sewer line checked out.

Check For Problems Indoors

The first signs of a sewer line problem can usually be detected indoors. Sinks will most likely still function properly even if your pipe has partially split, due to their low flow and lack of solid matter. However, items that use more water pressure and deal with thicker substances than water can become backed up and clogged.

To check if your sewer line is draining properly, try running your shower, flushing your toilet, draining your dishwasher, and draining your washing machine all at the same time. Under normal circumstances, your sewer line should be able to handle all of this and more. However, if fluid starts backing up from the drain of any of those devices or even a sink, you probably have a problem.

Check Ground For Exposed Pipe

After this step, if it's safe to go outside, walk around your yard and look to see if there's any upturned earth. If enough dirt has been thrown around, your pipe may be partially exposed. If so, you can visually inspect the pipe for damage. Look for cracks or breaks in the pipe, and examine the surrounding area for evidence of leaked sewage, like toilet paper. This will allow you to inform your plumber before they arrive so they know what they're working with.

Video Sewer Inspection

If you can't examine the pipe or find no damage, running a camera down the pipe is your best bet. Rather than digging up your entire yard, a certified plumber or contractor can survey the pipe from the inside to look for damage. If they find any problems, it will help them to know exactly where they should dig in your yard. By pinpointing the problem, they can minimize damage to your yard and fix the problem quickly and effectively.

Finding a problem with your sewer line before sewage leaks into your yard will save you time, money, and a serious headache. Talk to a plumber or contractor to determine the best course of action to fix your sewer line. Contact a company like Rapid Rooter Inc to get started.