All of the appliances, drains, pipes and sewer system are all connected in a home or commercial building. The most stress and use is commonly on the sewer or septic system. With time and use, it is inevitable for the pipelines of your sewer or septic system to develop leaks. These leaks can potentially be severe enough to require a replacement, however, in many instances a certified professional can repair the pipes. With early detection you can often avoid replacement by repairing the small issues that erupt. Today, we at AAA Water Team would like to elaborate on the common causes and symptoms of leaking underground septic or sewer pipes.
Burst Pipe Damage
Due to settling, shifting soil, increased traffic on the ground above, or use of heavy construction equipment above ground, the underground connecting pipes to the sewer or septic can sustain damage. A leak can also be the result of driving piercing equipment down or digging in the wrong spot, can fracture, break, or spilt the pipes. The integrity of the pipes can breakdown, leading to pinoles or cracks from the corrosion that occurs from exposure to chemical and minerals over time. Broken seals of sectional pipe work can also be the cause among other less common reasons.
Spreading Tree Roots in Sewer Lines
Tree and shrub roots can impact the older sewer lines constructed of porous materials or poor-quality piping, and/or piping that was not properly sealed at the pipe connections. When they find a constant water source in the pipelines, these roots expand as the vegetation grows and will thrive. Will slowly grow into the pipe to get to the water after they latch onto the underground pipes.
Signs of a Sewer Line Leak
Poor plumbing fixture operation. The inadequacy of the fixture’s performance is a strong indication there is a leak in addition to constantly hearing the sound of running water.
Muggy floors. Feeling both landscape and indoor that are feeling spongy, or moist, especially in the lawn, is a telltale sign of sewer leakage.
Unpleasant odors. Unpleasant odors are produced from mold and mildew. You may have a rather powerful sewage smell outdoors since the bacterial growth is common in leaky sewer lines.
Fractures in the foundation. The home’s foundation can develop cracks due to shifting ground caused by dripping sewer lines. The pooling water and over exposure to moisture will deteriorate the foundation’s structural integrity.
Vegetation growth. A concern with the sewer or septic line is suggested by accompanied by sunken and wet patches, is the unusual landscape growth. A subtle clue of a leak is the lushness in concentrated areas, or even dying areas from unhealthy bacteria in underground wastewater.
Pest concerns. You may notice a rise in the population in rodents and even cockroaches are attracted to the smell of sewage and if you have a leak.
Excessive water bills. Unexpected spikes in the water bill suggests leaks. The sudden spikes indicate a leak since you should expect fluctuation with the seasons.