When you have sewage backing up into your toilet or tub, it is obvious there is some kind of drain blockage. You will need to have the problem fixed, and fast, or you could cause people in you home to become ill. While a plumber can fix the problem, if the issue is in the drain line under your front lawn, you will need to have a contractor come to dig a big trench before the pipes can be repaired. This may take a couple of days to arrange and have done. Luckily, there are a few signs that indicate the start of a drain line problem. Getting a professional to your home to take care of drain line repair before it gets to the point of sewage backing up will save you time and money while keeping everyone in the house healthy. Here are some things to be on the lookout for.

Toilet Water Levels

The water level in the toilet bowl should be the same all the time. If you notice that it is higher one day and then lower the next, it is time to contact a plumber. When a drain line starts to clog, break, or cave in, water will still be able to pass. However, the passage will not be consistent, especially when there is toilet paper and feces trying to pass too. This means the water level in the toilet will be affected depending on how much water and sewage passes.

Odors and Noises

Before sewage starts to back up, you may notice the toilet and/or bathtub gurgling as the water tries to get through the clog or blockage. The gurgling is caused by air in the pipes moving about as the water tries to get by. In addition, as the water and sewage sits in the drain pipe, gaseous odors will build up and eventually back up the pipe and into your home. As son as you notice odors or noises, contact a professional to determine the problem and the best course of action for the repair.

The sooner you notice a drain line problem the better. Even if you have to have a trench dug to get to the damaged line, it is much better to have the work done before things get to the point of needing to shut off the water for a day or two. The repair technician should be able to find the problem and fix it before you have raw sewage backing up into your home.

If you notice any of the above signs or have other concerns, contact a drain line repair service as soon as possible.