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Common Causes of Sewer Problems And How To Fix Them

Sewer problems can be a significant concern due to their impact on sanitation and the potential for health hazards. Here are some common sewer problems that may occur:

  1. Clogs and Blockages: One of the most common sewer problems is clogging or blockage in the sewer line. This can be caused by various factors, including the accumulation of debris, grease, tree roots invading the pipes, or foreign objects being flushed down the drain. Clogs and blockages can lead to slow drains, backups, and sewage overflow.
  2. Leaks and Cracks: Sewer pipes can develop leaks or cracks over time due to age, ground shifting, or external factors. These leaks can result in sewage leaks into the surrounding soil, which can cause foul odors, sinkholes, and contamination of groundwater.
  3. Pipe Corrosion: Older sewer pipes made of certain materials, such as cast iron or clay, can be susceptible to corrosion. Corrosion can cause pipe degradation, leading to leaks, reduced flow capacity, and structural instability.
  4. Bellied or Sagging Pipes: Sometimes, sections of the sewer line can sink or sag due to soil erosion, ground settling, or improper installation. This can create low spots where waste and debris can accumulate, causing frequent clogs and backups.
  5. Tree Root Intrusion: Tree roots are attracted to sources of moisture, including sewer pipes. They can infiltrate the pipes through tiny cracks or joints, causing blockages and pipe damage as they grow and expand inside the pipe.
  6. Pipe Collapse: In severe cases, sewer pipes can collapse due to age, deterioration, or external factors like heavy machinery passing over the ground. Pipe collapses can lead to complete blockage and require immediate repair or replacement.

Now that you know the common causes leading to sewer problems, here’s how to fix them:

  • Excavation Sewer Line Repair: In cases of severe damage or extensive sewer line repair, open excavation may be necessary. This involves digging a trench to access the damaged sewer line, removing the old pipe, and installing a new one. Sewer line excavations provide a comprehensive repair and are more accessible than no-dig sewer line solutions.
  • Trenchless Sewer Repair: Trenchless sewer repair is a method of repairing or replacing damaged sewer lines without the need for extensive excavation.

If you experience any of these sewer problems, contact our team today at (201) 581-3740 or fill out a contact form.