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Watch For These Tell-tale Signs Of Sewer Pipe Damage

Jun 16th 2015 at 11:46 PM

Sewer pipes are connected to all the plumbing in your house. Problems such as cracked or clogged pipes can cause major damage to the home and should be repaired immediately. Learn to recognize the signs of sewer problems.

Sewer repair is expensive, so you need to know the signs of a situation that is serious enough to require professional help. If you think the mainline is clogged, you should call the public water utility to come out and repair it. Otherwise, you need to call a plumber to fix the problem. If your sewer pipes are broken, they will need repair. If you continue to have the pipes cleaned but not fixed, it will cost you more over the long run. The sewage that leaks from the pipes will contaminate the ground and the water.

If you have older pipes you should be aware that erosion can cause a sewer line to collapse, and older materials such as steel and ceramic are susceptible to cracking.The buildup of water pressure around a clog can cause a pipe to burst. Some of the signs of a cracked sewer pipe are a soggy patch in the yard or a sewage smell. If you notice an increase in insects or rodents in your home, this can indicate broken pipes as these creatures are attracted to water seepage. Water damage may become evident such as a cracking foundation or water marks on the walls.

If your pipes are continuously getting clogged, this could be a sign of root intrusion. Specialists can remove root growth with special tools and solvents. Another main reason for clogged pipes is buildup of refuse that has developed into a mass. A primary sign of this is unusual water levels in your toilet tank. At times it may be too full and at other times nearly empty. Additional indications are slow drains, or pools of water or water rings around a drain.

A sewer problem will affect all the water pipes in your house, leading to clogs or back-ups in place that are infrequently used, like a guest bathroom. An obvious sign that your problem is the sewer line is if you use a pipe in one part of the house but it causes water backup someplace else. Other signs to watch for are discolored water and low water pressure.

Addressing a sewer problem in a timely manner is important as backup can cause raw sewage to enter the house and cause damage. Our website has more information on how to recognize these signs. Visit this website for more information on sewer repair in San Marcos.

Author Bio

Bob puts his many years of plumbing experience to good use by writing on various plumbing topics on his blog at: https://storify.com/plumbing_tips

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