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Is My Sewer Line Broken or Clogged?

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Do you think you’re having sewer problems but you’re not sure? Unless there is sewage actively flowing into your home, it can be hard to tell if you’re having a sewer problem or not. Here are a few signs that it’s time to call a plumber. Our team at Rosenthal Plumbing can diagnose your sewer problem and fix it fast so you can get back to your regular schedule soon!

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Sewer Backups

If your sewer is actively backing up into your or your plumbing frequently has backup problems, it’s time to call for sewer cleaning near you. We’ll send an expert to your home to confirm that the problem is in your sewer, then find a way to fix the problem with minimal hassle for you 

Mold & Mildew

If you have recurring mold and/or mildew that you can’t get rid of, call to have us check on your sewer line. If there’s a leak behind a wall or one that is oozing into your walls, it can fuel mold/mildew growth that won’t stop until you take care of the sewer problem. 

Green, Lush Lawn Spots

Lush spots in your hard can indicate a broken sewer line. When the line breaks, sewage oozes into your yard. The nitrogen and other chemicals in sewage promote plant growth. If one part of your yard is more green and lush than the others, it may be time to check for sewer issues. 

Sewer Smells

Do you smell sewage in your home or whenever something goes down the drain? Your sewer is designed to keep both smells and actual sewage away from your home. Smelling sewage is significant in the list of broken sewer line symptoms and you should call a local plumber about sewer line repair soon. 

Lawn Indentations

Do you have sunken spots in your yard or certain pavers or sections of the sidewalk that are lower than others? When sections of soil get wet, they can sink down and pull whatever is on the surface down with them. 

Slow Drains

Your drains may not back up but, if they run slow, it’s time to call for repairs. At Rosenthal we offer a way to have everything fixed without having to rip your yard apart– trenchless sewer repair. This option typically ends up costing less, taking less time, and being all around less of a headache to endure.

Santa Cruz Drain Cleaning FAQ


What is the best way to unclog a drain?


There’s no single best way to unclog a drain. The method that works best for you depends on where your clog is, what it’s made of, and what your pipes are made of. Our plumbers come to you with the latest technology so we are prepared to do whatever it takes to clean your drains.


How much does it cost to clean your drains?


Most standard drain cleaning jobs we do cost between $100 and $300, though some are more expensive than that. If your clog is deep in your plumbing system or your sewer line, it will cost more to remove it. We can give you an estimate before we begin work.


How do you fix a clogged drain with standing water?


Most of the time, we unclog a drain with standing water the same way we unclog any other drain. If we need to, we will remove the water with a cup or a bucket before we start our work.


How do you unclog a drain if Drano isn’t working?


We use a wide variety of methods when it comes to drain cleaning. If you want to try on your own, you can use a plunger (they’re good for more than just toilets!) or rent a plumbing snake from your local hardware store. If these don’t work, call your plumber to get rid of that clog fast.

Call The Professionals

Rely on your Santa Cruz plumber at Rosenthal Plumbing to fix all of your sewer line problems. Whether you need sewer line repair or sewer cleaning in Santa Cruz, we’ll take care of everything so you don’t have to worry about your sewer anymore. Contact us to request an appointment now.

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