Sewer Repair Tips

The Most Common Sewer Line Problems

If it is not apparent yet, there is no single cause that calls for sewer repair, and it is not a matter of if you will need to deal with a sewer line problem but a matter of “when.” These are not common, and you may not see any problems for decades. However, when one does, you must be able to recognize the signs and get them repaired as soon as possible.

To help you do this, here are two of the most common sewer line problems you may face, plus some of the signs and what you need to do to fix them.

Pipe Corrosion

It is the most common issue with sewer lines and comes from the metal in your sewer line starting to erode due to the wastewater that travels through them. As you can expect, this is exclusively a problem with metal sewer lines, which are common because of their longevity and durability.

Pipe Shifting

Sinkholes or foundation shifting, or even an excess of rain can result in the substrate, where your pipe is buried under, buckling, giving way, bow, or shifting in some way, and this shifting can cause your sewer line to move or change shape. In some cases, this shifting will induce something like the slope to change, but, in others, it could cause cracks or leaks, resulting in the intrusion into your sewer lines.

Shifting can also cause bowing in your lines; this stops the normal flow of water. It can also cause cracks, separations of joints, and a great deal more. Arguably the worst part is you can’t do much to stop it. You should get your sewer line inspected every few years to ensure no significant shifting has occurred, and if it has, act quickly to get it repaired.

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