Modern sewer lines are a marvel of engineering. They remove waste day after day and can last for decades with no sign of a problem. But once they start to collapse there will be trouble. The sooner you call for help, the more likely a complete collapse, and major property damage, can be prevented. Contact Village Plumbing for collapsed sewer line repair if you notice any of these telltale signs:
Clogged Drains Throughout Your Home
One clogged drain can usually be cleaned out. If your bathtub, toilet, sinks, floor drain, and other drains are all clogging up, a collapsed sewer line is the likely culprit (especially if they’re all on the lowest floor). Fixtures may still drain, albeit slowly, if the pipe is in the early stages of collapse. Therefore, it’s important to act early and call a technician to evaluate the problem.
Clogs Keep Coming Back
Even if a sewer pipe has collapsed, a clog may occur, then abate as the waste is absorbed into the ground. The pipe will easily clog and back up again causing the problem to repeat. Eventually, wastewater will find the path of least resistance and appear from your lowest drains. That’s one reason to check your basement regularly for issues that may require sewer line repair.
A Backup of Sewer Gas and Odors
Your drainage system is designed to keep waste flowing in the other direction. But if a sewer pipe is collapsed, blocked, or misaligned, foul odors may back up into your home. This means sewer gas, which can contain airborne bacteria and even combustible compounds, has reached your living space. Your family’s health is in immediate danger so call for help right away.
Soggy Soil and Lush Grass
When it hasn’t rained and there’s a patch of soggy soil in your yard, the sewer line beneath it has probably collapsed and is leaking. This can turn the soil into mush or create a mysterious, smelly puddle (often near a tree root). If there’s a lusher patch of grass than the surrounding fauna, it’s often due to nutrients leaching into the ground. It’s time to call for collapsed sewer pipe repair.
Strange Noises from Plumbing Fixtures
Most people don’t associate a gurgling toilet or sink with a sewer line problem. The noise is non-specific, and gurgling water isn’t that alarming. But if your toilets, sinks, faucets, bathtubs, and other fixtures suddenly become vocal, that should signal you to contact a professional plumber.
The Walls Start to Crack
If a sewer line has collapsed underneath your home, cracks in walls can appear. Wall cracks are not that uncommon in older homes and various things can cause them. When it’s due to a sewer line problem, these cracks mean water has saturated the ground under your foundation and your entire house could become structurally compromised (in short, it could totally collapse).
Creepy Crawly Critters
Rodents love sewers. If their beloved sewer pipe has collapsed, they’re going to look for other places to live. That’ll be your home especially if it smells much like what they’re used to. Insects will be attracted to the stench as well. Your home can quickly become a haven for pests, so their sight and sound should be like an alarm siren to call a plumber.
Call Village Plumbing for Collapsed Sewer Line Repair
Village Plumbing provides residential sewer line repair throughout Houston. Whether a sewer pipe near or under your home has collapsed due to corrosion or pressure from tree roots, we have the tools and expertise to fix it. The latest video inspection equipment lets us quickly identify the problem. We also specialize in non-invasive pipe re-lining and trenchless sewer line repair methods to provide faster, less-strenuous repairs.
If you’re experiencing any sign of a collapsed sewer pipe, explain your issue to us online or call 713-526-1491 right away.