Some plumbing problems like dripping taps, internal leaks and blocked toilets are easy to spot; however, other problems may gurgle away under the surface without any immediately obvious signs that you need to call a plumber. This can be a problem if you have a plumbing or sewer line issue that is happening underground or outside of your home. Luckily, your garden or yard may give you some clues that you have a problem that needs sorting out. What should you look out for?

How Green Is Your Grass?

If you notice that a part or even parts of your lawn are looking extremely lush and green compared to the rest of your grass, then this may be a sign that you have a leak in an underground pipe. If there is no obvious reason why your lawn is blooming in certain places but isn't looking as good in others, then that part of your grass may be being fed by a water or even a sewage leak underground.

Does Your Garden Have Wet Patches or Pools?

Another sign of plumbing problems can be wet areas or even pools of water in your garden or yard that don't go away even when the weather is red hot. Here, a leak may be constantly pooling in an area so that it doesn't ever really dry out. Check the area over a few hot days. If the water goes away during the day but keeps coming back overnight and it hasn't rained, then you may have a problem.

Does Your Garden Smell Bad?

If you have a sewer line plumbing issue and parts of your garden are as lush as a tropical jungle or just plain wet, then you may also notice a whiff in these areas. If you can smell something like rotten eggs or even a little bit of a sewage odour, then you may well have a leak or pipe break that needs a plumber's attention.

If your garden is giving you hints that all is not well underground, then call a plumber and explain what is happening. Your plumber will be able to use this information to help you decide if you need a call-out to check for leaks or breakages in your underground pipes or lines. It's better to be safe than sorry here – if you do have a plumbing problem under your garden, it's best to get it fixed before it gets any worse.