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Signs That It Is Time to Have Your Sewer Line Checked

When it comes to plumbing, what you see is not always what you get. Your plumbing system might appear to be working, but that doesn’t guarantee that it’s free from problems. The average homeowner might find it difficult to identify issues within their pipes, but it is nonetheless crucial to identify these issues so that you can address them immediately. A leaking sewage line, for example, can run up your water bill or cause further damage to your home if you do not fix it right away.

Your home’s sewer line is not something you visibly see, but there are some signs that will tell you that you need to have it checked or repaired:

There is a distinct smell coming into the house

A well-functioning sewer line will have no trouble containing foul odours. However, if something is wrong with the system, it can release unpleasant sewage odours and spread them inside your home. There are many possible reasons for this scenario, so make sure to call your plumber to assess the situation and address the root cause.

The toilet produces weird noises

Your toilet can tell you when something is wrong with your sewer line. It may start to produce strange noises, like that of water gurgling, even when not in use. These are indications that you might have a damaged sewage line. The likely culprit is a clog in the system, which creates negative air pressure that affects the movement of water.

Your drains are not draining

If your sewer line is clogged, water will not be able to freely go down your drains. Any water you try to wash down will eventually flow back up the pipes and pool around your drains. In such cases, it is best to contact a trusted plumber to ensure that the real problem gets addressed properly.

Mould starts to appear on your walls

Did you know that mould only needs a humidity level higher than 55 percent to start growing? If you observe mould growth, accompanied by a foul odour, in your home, it could be a sign of a broken sewer line. Broken sewer lines behind walls can increase the humidity in a room, which will eventually attract mould. You will see them as discolouration on walls or a stain at the foot of your toilet.

An increase of pests in your home

The environment that a damaged sewer line creates is something that pests love. If you are starting to see signs of their presence in your home, a damaged sewer line can be one of the possible causes.

The lawn suddenly looks incredibly lush

A broken sewer line can help your plants and lawn grow healthier. While the sight of a lush garden is a great benefit for many homeowners, it can also mean sewage trouble that will eventually reach your home. If you notice more puddles and soft spots appearing in your yard, it might be a sign that your sewage has started to leach into the soil.


Damage in your sewer and septic line can be difficult to recognize on your own. Fortunately, there are warning signs that you can watch out for to address any problem before it becomes worse. Keep an eye out for any of the issues highlighted above, and make sure you hire a professional plumber to diagnose and repair them accordingly.

If you are looking for professional sewer services, Bromac Mechanical is here to help. We are equipped with years of experience to fix your leaking or broken sewer line efficiently. Call us at 604-360-2710 or use our contact page today!

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An Update From Bromac
Regarding COVID-19

We understand that times are tough and as an essential service, we will be staying open for all emergency and non-emergency calls.

Materials may start to run dry but we have done our best to order trucks filled with water heaters, furnaces, pipe and other materials to prep for potential shortages.

If there are any jobs you know you need done in the next while, please book with us ASAP so we can consider further material orders. For unexpected/less common emergency calls, we will do our best to stock less common parts to be able to assist in such cases. For all drain cleaning jobs, our machines are ready for the task.

As per normal we will be accepting credit as we know times like this could put a financial strain on many.

Times like these can unite us as a community. We look forward to assisting wherever and whoever is in need during the coming weeks and months.

*All of our techs are being screened and will not be working if feeling at all under-the-weather*