10 signs of a damaged sewer pipe


6. Indentation In Lawn or Under Pavers

Another symptom of a broken sewer line is indentation in your lawn or under pavers. Acracked sewer main line that is consistently saturating the ground may cause soil todissipate. This may cause your lawn to develop an indentation or dip above where yoursewage main line runs.

7. Foundation Cracks, Settlement, and Sinkholes

More extreme symptoms of sewer pipe deterioration include foundation issues such ascracks in your foundation slab, foundation settlement, and in some cases sinkholes.

If the main line running under your slab develops a leak that goes untreated for a prolonged period of time, a void may develop under the foundation or in the yard. Thismay lead to foundation problems such as cracks in your foundation, settlement of yourhome or building, and potentially even a sinkhole.

If your home or building is not on pilings and you notice any of the aforementioned foundation related problems, a broken and leaking main sewer line may be a contributing factor and you should call a foundation repair specialist immediately.

8. Septic Waste Pooling in Yard

An obvious sign that you may have a broken sewer pipe would be septic waste waterpooling in your yard. The issue may be a broken septic tank, clogged drain fields, or acracked main line. Often times the problem area is located directly under the pool ofsewer water.

9. Rodent Problem

Believe it or not a rodent problem may be a sign of a break in your sewer lines. Rats livein sewers and can make their way from your city/main line tie-in to the pipes runningbehind your walls. An average rat can squeeze through a crack or opening in yoursanitary sewer the size of a quarter (about 3/4 inch) and invite themselves to dinner.

Rodents are responsible for the spread of many life-threatening diseases includingPlague and Hemorrhagic Fever. Certain diseases can be transmitted simply bybreathing in dust that has been contaminated with rat urine or droppings as well asbeing directly bitten by an infected rodent.

If you have a persistent rodent problem that pest control tactics can’t seem to solve, trygetting a video inspection of your sewer system to see if you have any possible entrypoints for rodents.

10. Insect Infestation

An insect infestation may also be a symptom of a broken sewer line. Insects such ascockroaches, palmetto bugs, and sewer flies have a much easier time getting through sanitary sewer cracks into your home than rats. According to one reference work the small German cockroach can fit into a crack in your pipes as thin as a dime, while the larger American cockroach will squeeze into a space no thicker than a quarter!

Cockroaches have many negative consequences for human health because certain proteins (called allergens) found in cockroach feces, saliva and body parts can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma symptoms, especially in children. Calling a pest control company on a regular basis to get rid of insects will treat the problem temporarily, however if you have a compromised sewer line, the bugs will never stop coming into your home. You will need to address their entry point which may indeed be through a crack in your sewer lines.
How to Avoid Further Sewer Pipe DamageIf you are experiencing any of these symptoms of a damaged sewer line, you shouldhave a sewer inspection done by a qualified professional such as Southwest PipeRestoration. Plumbing systems can fail unexpectedly and cause substantial damage toyour home. You will need to address their entry point which mayindeed be through a crack in your sewer lines.

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