With winter on the way, it's time to start planning for the safety of your sewer lines. You know that the pipes inside your home can freeze; however, you might not realize that your sewer lines run the same risk. Frozen sewer lines aren't always easy to identify, which increases the potential for problems. Unfortunately, if your sewer lines freeze, you could end up in the middle of a plumbing emergency before you realize there is a problem, especially if you don't know what to look for. To help you avoid plumbing emergencies this winter, here are four signs you need to be aware of. If you notice any of these problems, contact a sewer services professional as soon as possible. Your sewer lines could be frozen.
You've Got Frost on Your Pipes
If you're worried about how the freezing temperatures are affecting your sewer lines, the first thing you need to do is inspect the exposed pipes in your attic. The condition of those pipes will provide you with a clear picture of what's going on inside your sewer lines, especially during the winter. If you see frost building up on the exterior of your water pipes, call a plumber right away. That frost is a sure sign that your sewer lines are frozen. While you're waiting for the plumber to arrive, turn the water off to your home. That way, you're not faced with a flood.
You're Hearing Unusual Sounds
If your pipes are suddenly gurgling and popping, it's time to call a plumber. In most cases, you shouldn't hear sounds coming from your sewer lines. However, when sewer lines freeze, pockets of air can develop, which can lead to the gurgling and popping. If a foul odor accompanies the sounds, you've got a sewer line emergency on your hands. Call your plumber right away. Odors combined with the unusual sounds are a sure sign that you're dealing with an ice blockage.
You've Got Fresh Puddles Outside
If winter brings fresh puddles of water in your yard, you'll need to call a plumber immediately, especially if the puddles are large. Small puddles could indicate that a sprinkler pipe has burst, which will still need to be repaired quickly. However, large puddles can be a sign that the main sewer line has burst. This is particularly true if you also experience a decrease in water pressure, or you can hear water running when the plumbing isn't in use.
Don't take chances with your sewer lines this winter. If you experience any of the problems listed above, notify your plumber immediately.