What Causes Sewer Line Damage?
When you purchased your home, you had a wish list of things to look for. Some things were necessities – you couldn’t imagine living without them. Others were desires – things that would be nice to have, but it wouldn’t be a deal breaker if you found the right house.
In today’s homes, a ceiling fan might be lumped into the “nice to have” section. They provide a valuable resource to a room, helping cool you down during the hottest months of the year. But you can always add it later; it wouldn’t be a deal breaker.
Your sewer line, that’s a necessity. You probably didn’t think much about it. It’s one of those hidden systems you assume is there.
Sewer lines won’t last indefinitely. At some point in the future, you will have a sewer line problem. How much damage it causes your home depends on your approach.
What causes sewer line damage? As plumbers, we deal with sewer issues regularly. In general, we see problems lumped together in three different categories:
One of the most common reasons sewer lines fail is because of mature landscaping. As trees grow upward and become beautiful additions to your home’s landscape, their root systems grow equally as powerful. The root system looks for water and nutrients to survive, and your sewer line is a great resource. They are strong enough to bust through the pipes on their hunt for sustenance. And once in, a mess quickly develops.
You’re ready to plant a new tree. Or build a water feature in your backyard. You dig … and hit a pipe. Professionals know to look for and mark all underground systems before digging. Homeowners sometimes forget that a lot is buried underneath a property. In any case, before you dig, ensure you know where everything is.
Sewer installation isn’t a do-it-yourself project. When it was initially installed, a professional team was in charge of the process. But even professionals make mistakes as they lay hundreds of feet of pipe. Their minds wander. They get called off the job for various reasons. Something wasn’t tightened the way it should. A “band-aid system” was pieced together to finish the job.
Of course, we all assume it met certain specifications and that it’s in perfect condition when topsoil is pushed back over the top. But that’s not always the case.
If you have any questions about your sewer system, if something just doesn’t seem quite work, don’t wait. Call in a team to evaluate the situation early. It can be the difference between a repair or massive damage.