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What to Do if Your Sewer Line Collapses
A sewer line collapse is one of the worse things that a homeowner has to live through. It is almost as bad as extensive water or fire damage. Fortunately, if a sewer line collapse is detected early, it will not come with the bureaucracy of an insurance claim. All you have to do is get the sewer line repaired or upgraded.
If you are wondering where to start with a collapsed sewer line, keep reading and find out.
How to spot a sewer line collapse
Barring a catastrophic leak, the person may not know if their drainage problems are due to clogged drains or a sewer line collapse. Here are some signs that the sewer line is badly damaged:
- Constantly backed up drains
- Cracks and structural damage at places where the sewer line passes (this only happens if the collapsed sewer line is left unrepaired for a long time)
- Wetness in the ground around the sewer line
- The smell of sewage in the drains or outside
- Sinking ground in the area surrounding the sewer line
What causes a sewer line collapse?
The most common cause is age. A sewer line that is advanced in age comes with all sorts of complications. First, it will become clogged. Eventually, it will break down completely. It is important to note that age is the most common cause of death for Orangeburg sewer lines.
A second cause is tree root intrusion. If tree roots are left to grow inside sewer lines, they cause blockages and eventually, they damage sewer lines past the point of repair.
Misaligned pipes can also lead to the collapse of sewer lines. Pipes that do not fit together as snugly as they are supposed to allow wastewater to leak out of the sewer line and into the surrounding soil. The soaked soil becomes loose, which gives the pipes room to come apart.
What to do when a sewer line collapses
If the collapse causes backed up drains or leaks, the person should drain the water as best as they can. Otherwise, the first thing one should do is perform a damage assessment. Usually, the homeowner will call a plumber, who will determine the extent of the damage.
First, the plumber will clear the drain to improve visibility inside the sewer line. The plumber will then examine the sewer line with the help of a scope. Once they find the cause of the collapse, the plumber will usually restore the sewer line in one of the following ways:
- Hydro jetting: This is the practice of blasting pressurized water into the sewer line to remove blockages, tree roots and grime
- Lining the existing pipe: This is done by inserting a plastic pipe into the existing sewer line. The goal of pipelining is to seal any leaks and damage in the old sewer line
- Sewer line replacement: The plumber starts by hydraulically passing a pipe bursting head through the sewer line. The pipe-bursting head tears the old pipes apart and pulls the replacement pipes into place
A good plumber will get you through this
A collapsed sewer line is a gross nightmare for any property owner. Thankfully someone had the foresight to invent plumbers and sewer line experts. So if your sewer line is acting up, call our offices.
One of our plumbers will repair your sewer line and give you useful advice on how to keep your sewer lines in mint condition going forward.
Call us today at (562) 457-4206 for more information from Prodigy Plumbing Inc.
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