In Edwardsville, Illinois, there can be different instances where you find yourself with a damaged sewer pipe. Unfortunately for the homeowner, this can lead to tons of money in repairs and stress on the homeowners. We would hate to see you get to this point. We have listed below, here are some helpful tips and tell-tale symptoms that your sewer line is broken.

1: Sewage Backups and Blockages


Sanitary sewer backups usually occur in the lowest open drain that there is. A sewage backup is typically caused by a certain blockage somewhere in the line. If you experience a backup every time that you flush, run water down the sink, or start up your bathtub, then the problem is likely in your main sewer line. This is because all drains rely on the main sewer line to drain properly. However with this being said, if backups are limited to only one drain, then your problem is likely isolated to that specific drain.

2: Sewer Gas Odor

To be honest, your plumbing should not have any type of smell. If you do however smell gas in or around your home or building, get this checked on right away. This is a sign that there is a crack somewhere in your system. A sanitary sewer should be airtight everywhere with the exception of vent stacks on your roof, which allows for the sewage to then move downhill. This means that you should never smell odor unless there was a crack in these lines.

3: Mold

In addition to sewer odor, mold growth may also be a sign of a break in your sewer lines behind your walls. There are molds that only need the humidity level to be higher than 55% to start growing. Considering that, a cracked sewer pipe behind a wall can cause the humidity levels to rise. It can rise to a point suitable for a mold problem to begin. If you notice mold growth in your home accompanied by sewer odor that we talked about beforehand, it is then possible that you have a break in your sewage lines.


There are many other problems and symptoms of a damaged pipe that any homeowner should be aware of. If you have any questions or need a professional to check out any of the problems that we have listed above, please give Bland’s Plumbing a call right away!