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Common Causes of Sewer Line Damage

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Oct 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

sewer line damageIf you're connected to a sewer system, your water drains through a network of pipes that increase in size the closer they get to the wastewater treatment plant. Every drain in your home is connected to a pipe that moves used water from your house to a sewer in the street called your sewer line.

And, as with everything, your sewer line will age, and you could experience the negative side affects (leaks, flooding, etc.) of that aging process. If you suspect your main sewer line is on the outs, there are several causes that could be to blame and several clues that a disaster is likely:

Signs of Sewer Line Damage

  • Movement: Moving soil can cause your sewer line to crack and break if it is jostled around too much, and the rupture can result in leaks, flooding, unpleasant odors, and can even contaminate your water. This oversized pipe may even collapse if there is too much movement, or if it freezes during a particularly nasty winter.
  • Clogs: Clogs occur when waste, debris, grease, food, and other foreign objects make their way down your drain and build up until nothing else can pass through. Over time, these clogs can create weak points that can cause the pipe to burst with even the slightest pressure. Thankfully, clogs are easy to avoid if you know everything that is not drain-friendly.
  • Corrosion: Your sewer lines are likely made of metal, so corrosion is basically guaranteed over time. This breakdown of the metal means the pipe is more susceptible to cracking, so it's important you keep an eye on your line so it can be fixed or replaced before the real damage occurs.

If you need help with sewer line repairs or replacement, call The Picky People's Plumber! We treat your plumbing with the same care we’d take with our own and offer a drain service guarantee that your water lines won’t stop up after a visit from us.  You can reach us by phone anytime at (864) 242-5511 or can click the banner below to schedule service online.

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Topics: Drains & Sewers