Drain Pipe Repair

Drain and sewer pipe breaks will happen to all homes one day. But by calling a licensed plumbing company, you will be well-prepared for the occasion. When you suddenly step into your yard and it is soggy but it hasn’t rained in a while, this likely means that you have damaged drainage and sewer lines. This will leak into the ground around you and is a serious health hazard you should ever overlook it. The raw sewage might contaminate your drinking water and in some cases if left alone, this could temporarily force you out of your home with a heck of a repair bill. Liquid drain cleaners won’t cut in in this case. MEANS that you have damaged drainage and sewer lines. This will leak into the ground around you and is a serious health hazard you should ever overlook it. The raw sewage might contaminate your drinking water and in some cases if left alone, this could temporarily force you out of your home with a heck of a repair bill. Liquid drain cleaners won’t cut in in this case.

Causes of drain pipes breaking

  • Damage to these lines are mainly caused by a pipe’s old age – Corrosion and old types of pipes built before the 90s are the main cause.
  • Inferior pipe standards – While this has something to do with the pipe’s age, often even new pipes not built according to code can cause this.
  • Botched repairs or landscaping – Recently dug up the yard or put in a post? You might have accidentally hit your drain.
  • Tree roots – Good old mother nature. Trees need and actively search for water, and your sewer drains are the best source of water, and other organic material for them.
  • Earthquakes – Earthquakes can cause the earth around the pipe to flex and compress. No pipe will not be able to hold the sheer force and weight of this, it will just break.
  • Tunneling wildlife – While rare, sometimes the odd mole, groundhog, or even your dog burying a bone can contribute to drain damage.

What are the symptoms?

If you see any symptom that your drainage and sewage system is broken you need to call a professional right away. Here is what you need to look for:

Standing water in your basement – If you head down and there is a puddle that never dries up this is a very telling symptom that your main drainage is blocked.

  • Slower draining all over – No matter where you go the water always takes a while to drain. In the bathroom this is often accompanied by a gurgling sound when you flush the toilet.
  • Soggy or muddy ground in the yard – Has t rained in the past week? If not and your yard is still wet this can very likely mean a broken drain is leaking your wastewater into the surrounding soil.
  • Take a whiff – Notice the distinct smell of sewage in the yard, and in worst cases inside your home? If so call a plumber right away before things turn worse.
  • Raw sewage backing up – And this is when things turn worse. In the event of a total blockage of your sewer drain your waste cant go anywhere but up. Not only is this nasty but this also means your drinking water supply may be contaminated as well.
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