When you hear the word “plumbing,” it’s likely to conjure up images in your mind of the faucets and fixtures that pour water forth throughout your home. Maybe you even think about the drains that whisk away wastewater. These are the components of your plumbing system that you actually see and have direct interaction with, so it makes sense that you’d think of them—but there is one component in particular that not too many homeowners give much thought too, and that’s their sewer line.

While out of sight (and probably, out of mind), a sewer line problem can leave you with a major inconvenience, not to mention a mess and potentially expensive plumbing repairs. Early detection of sewer line issues is advantageous. But how does a Fort Lee, NJ plumber know that a sewer line needs help?


This service involves the use of a slender fiber optic cable, which is inserted into your pipes with a small camera at the end. This can be used for any of your pipes throughout your entire plumbing system, and allows our professional plumbers to thoroughly inspect your pipes without disrupting them at all.

Video pipe inspection is part of plumbing maintenance, which you should have performed at least once a year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t call to schedule this service on your own. However, how do you know when you need to have your sewer line inspected? Keep reading for some warning signs.

Foul Odors: This is probably the most apparent sign of trouble with your sewer line—the development of foul odors in your home, especially from the drains. If you can smell sewer odors coming from any part of your plumbing, it’s time to have one of our plumbers inspect the situation.

You may be dealing with something as simple as a blockage. Or, you could have a leak due to tree root intrusion. But in some cases, the sewer line pipe has aged to the point that it has begun to corrode, and as a result may require replacement.

Backed Up Drains: One slow-moving or backed up drain in your home isn’t likely cause for immediate concern. It could be something like hair stuck in your bathroom sink, or food scraps in your kitchen sink. However, if you have multiple backed up drains throughout your home, you’re likely looking at a major problem with your sewer line.

Soggy or Bright Green Patches in Your Yard: Have you noticed that there’s one area of your yard that’s more lush and green than others? In the absence of something like a broken sprinkler head, it’s extremely likely you have a leak in your sewer line that is basically fertilizing that area. This, like the other problems mentioned above, can be cause by pipe corrosion, and could require a sewer line replacement.

The best thing you can do when you suspect a problem with your plumbing system is call our pros to set up an inspection ASAP. This can prevent even a small problem from turning into a much bigger one.

When you want quality service and guaranteed satisfaction, call on BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc.

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