Cracked, Clogged & Collapsed: Hidden Hazards That Could Sabotage Your Sewer Lines.
Various elements can lead to damage within your sewer line, as outlined below. If you suspect a compromised line, addressing the problem promptly is crucial. Septic Check is proficiently equipped to identify, assess, and rectify damages within these sewer lines, ensuring a swift and effective resolution.
Contributors to line damage:
1. Tree Roots:
-Tree and plant roots are often drawn to sewer lines due to the water, nutrients, and oxygen they contain.
-They can infiltrate the pipes through joints or cracks, and, over time, can block the pipe or cause it to break.
2. Aging and Corrosion:
-Over time, sewer pipes, especially those made of iron or steel, can corrode and deteriorate, leading to leaks, breaks, or collapses.
-Even PVC pipes, though more resistant to corrosion, can become brittle and crack over time.
3. Ground Movement:
-Shifting soil or settling ground can lead to pipe misalignments, fractures, or collapses.
-Earthquakes, landslides, or other ground movements can also damage sewer lines.
-Accumulation of grease, hair, and other debris can cause blockages in sewer lines, leading to backups and possible damage.
-Foreign objects flushed down toilets can also block pipes.
5. Temperature Changes:
-In colder climates, sewer lines can freeze and then burst as the contents expand.
-Extreme temperature fluctuations can also cause the ground to contract and expand, potentially damaging the pipes.
6. Improper Installation:
-Poorly installed sewer lines are more susceptible to problems such as leaks, breaks, and blockages.
-Incorrect slopes, poor pipe connections, or use of improper materials can lead to future issues.
7. Chemical Damage:
-The continual disposal of harsh chemicals and cleaners can degrade the interior of sewer pipes over time, leading to damage.
8. Traffic and Construction Activity:
-Heavy traffic or construction activity can exert pressure on the ground, potentially damaging buried sewer lines.
-Direct impact from construction equipment can also cause breaks or collapses.
9. Clogs from Non-Flushable Items:
-Flushing non-biodegradable items like wipes, diapers, sanitary products, or plastic can lead to severe clogs and possibly damage the sewer line.
10. Sagging or Bellied Lines:
-Over time, sections of the sewer line can sag due to ground conditions, creating a "belly" or low spot where waste can accumulate and block the flow, leading to damage.
Addressing sewer line damages promptly is crucial to avoid extensive property damage and health hazards due to sewage backups or leaks. Regular inspection and maintenance of sewer lines can help in identifying and addressing potential issues before they become severe problems.