Sewer Repair

Signs Your Sewer Pipe Has A Leak

You may not think about sewage or sewage pipes, and that’s understandable. Sewage pipes carry sewage away from your house and towards a sewage treatment plant. When you flush a toilet, you want all that sewage away from your home as soon as possible. However, there are times you may be worried your sewer pipe has a leak, especially if you live in an older home. Here’s some information about leaking sewer pipes.

How Do I Know My Sewer Pipe Is Leaking?

Sewer pipes have been around for a long time. In fact, sewer pipes used to carry sewage from cities over 500 years ago, and the Ancient Romans had extensive sewage systems thousands of years ago. Sewage pipes have helped humans live more sanitary, disease-free lives.


Depending on the age of your house, you may begin to have trouble with your sewer pipes. There are signals you can look for to determine if you have a sewer pipe that is leaking. First, if you hear a noise in your house that sounds like your water is constantly running, that may spell a problem with your sewer pipes. Also, sadly, you may smell a rotten, sewage odor in some areas of your house, such as your bathroom, which may be from a leaking sewer pipe.

Wet Flooring

You may want to check your bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room floors for signs of a sewer pipe leak. If your pipe is leaking, the floor may feel wet or spongy, because water is collecting underneath your flooring. Carefully check your flooring for cracks as well because of the excess water caused by a sewer leak.


Not sure you have a sewer pipe leak? Check the vegetation outside your home. Are there areas in your yard where the grass is growing more quickly, or the color of the grass is different? Your sewer pipe is giving off nutrients and gasses that may cause plants to grow faster, or even change color.

Water Bill

Finally, take a look at your water bill. If your water bill is suddenly a lot higher, you may be wasting water due to a sewer leak. When you suspect you have a leaking sewer pipe, don’t try to fix it yourself. Call Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing for an appointment today.


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