Your outgoing sewage pipes are buried beneath the ground for obvious reasons. “Out of sight out of mind” is the maxim that applies here. However, there is one disadvantaged to this approach: it’s difficult to tell if your sewer pipe has a problem. Thankfully, humanity has deductive reasoning. One can make inferences about what is unknown about their pipes from what is known. Here is how it works.
Follow your Nose
Given the nature of raw sewage, it is highly detectable using the olfactory sense (smell). If you have bad smells in particular areas of your house where a plumbing line might be buried, for instance, your basement, then it is possible that there’s an issue with your outbound pipes. Also, if you notice foul smells emanating from your drains this is usually a sign that something is wrong with your gas vent, a device that allows gas associated with outbound pipes to escape. If the vent is blocked, however, the gas will be forced back into your home and the smell will be emitted from your pipes.
Backflows as the Ultimate Assailant
Backflow is when sewage travels back through your system and then is released in your home. This is the worst thing that could ever happen to your home plumbing. The sewage permanently contaminates the pipes designated for clean water making it essential to clean or reassemble the entire pipe network. By law, most homes are required to have backflow protection. But occasionally the one way valve in the device becomes stuck and then backflow is free to occur. If you are experiencing a plumbing problem call Parker and Sons immediately.