Let’s make this one thing clear: There’s a very small chance that you would step outside and see raw sewage pooling in your lawn. But it is a possibility. If it does happen, something has clearly gone wrong—and that something was likely a mammoth of a clog in your sewer line.
So if you want to avoid having sewage in your lawn, we’ve compiled everything you need to know: from warning signs to common causes to prevention methods. So let’s get to it!
Warning signs of a clogged sewer line
If you’re inside the building, and there’s a problem with your sewer line, you’ll notice an awful smell coming from your bathroom. That’s because something smelly is going on underground. Watch out for:
- Water accumulating in the bathtub when you flush the toilet
- More than one drain is backed up throughout the building, especially at the lowest floor
- Gurgling noises that you can hear when water begins to drain
If you’re outside of your building, and you smell something terrible, you need to act fast. Your sewer line may already be broken. Signs of a bad line break include:
- Unexplained, wet grass patches
- Soil erosion or “shifting”
- Large, sunken spots on your property
Most people ignore the warning signs or they simply don’t imagine themselves waking up to raw sewage on their lawn. “That could never happen to me.” Famous last words!
Common causes of clogged sewage lines
Just like the pipes in your kitchen, your sewer lines can become clogged with solid waste that accumulates over months or years of bad flushing habits. You should never flush:
- Feminine pads and products
- Baby wipes (even the flushable ones!)
- Grease and any food items or wrappers
- Dental floss
Basically, any small, trash-able product that you use in the bathroom should go in exactly that: the trash. If you’re throwing stuff in the toilet and then flushing it, you’re creating an environment in your septic tank that will eventually lead to a buildup or clog.
How to unclog a sewer line
A sewage break can be absolutely disastrous, no matter where it happens. No one wants to be known as the stinky house across the street, or the fast-food joint with a side of sewage. Hopefully, your sewer line hasn’t broken yet. If you want to get ahead of the problem, start using Green Gobbler Septic Saver Pacs to prevent septic issues. Green Gobbler Septic Saver Pacs are specially formulated to keep your system free of clogs by breaking down organic material.