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Signs Your Sewer Line Is Damaged

Think about what your sewers and drains go through on a regular basis - or don’t!

All jokes aside, your sewer and drain lines run throughout and under your home- and they can easily sustain damage. One damaged line of pipe can lead to issues throughout the whole system.

Keep your eyes peeled for these signs that your drainage lines have sustained some damage:


Sewer backups, typically from a blockage to your sewer line are a huge sign that you have damage. Backups usually occur close to the blockage, so if the backup is restricted to a single area of your home, one portion if the drain line is most likely the culprit. If you are experiencing backups in multiple drains throughout your home, your main sewer line may have damage.


If you can smell a sewer odor, there is damage somewhere in your system. You should NEVER have a smell if your sewer system is functioning correctly

Mold growth

Mold growth without an obvious cause, especially combined with a sewer odor is a sign you have damage to your lines. The mold itself is extremely harmful, so it is important to find the source of the mold as quickly as possible.

Insect and rodent problem

An increase in rodents or insects can be a sign that you have a problem. Rodents live in sewers and can fit in tight cracks in pipes to get into your home. Stagnant water can lead to insects breeding more frequently too. Both can cause health issues on their own, and paired with sewer problems are something you want to avoid.

‘Dips in your lawn

Sometimes the signs of sewer/drainage pipe damage are not found inside your home, but outside. Continual sewer leakage can create a large divot over the damaged line, and when there is a major leak, and can even lead to a sinkhole.