Your Denver home’s main sewer line is crucial to your home’s entire drainage system. Without this pipe, your waste from your home wouldn’t be able to drain into the city’s main sewer drain.
While sewer lines are long-lasting when they’re installed correctly, it’s possible that the piping can get damaged. There are several different types of sewer line damage, all of which require prompt attention from your Denver plumbing experts.
In this article, we’ll discuss the main types of sewer line damage that you should look out for as a homeowner. If you suspect that your home’s sewer line is damaged, be sure to contact your local plumbers as quickly as possible to avoid more severe issues.
What Exactly is The Sewer Line?
Your home’s sewer line is the connecting line between your home’s drainage system and the main sewer drain in your area. It brings wastewater away from each appliance, fixture, and drain in your home. Typically, sewer lines are made with a downward slope to facilitate drainage to the main sewer drain and away from your home. Your home’s sewer line can be found buried underground in your yard.
Sewer lines can have a lifespan of 50 to 100 years. So, many homeowners – especially those who move into new homes – won’t ever have to deal with a sewer line replacement. That said, sewer lines may be damaged by several different factors and require repairs to preserve the function of your home’s drainage system.
Over time, the soil in your yard can shift. Since your main sewer line is located underneath the soil in your yard, these shifts can lead to sewer line damage. The main types of pipe damage that occur from shifting soil include misalignment, cracks, or breaks. If the shift in the soil is significant, your sewer line could even collapse.
Note that these issues can also occur if the soil freezes during the winter months.
Deteriorating or corroding sewer line piping is another plumbing problem that can impact Denver homeowners. This generally occurs in older sewer lines, as the pipes simply get so old that wear-and-tear is to be expected. This can also happen if your sewer lines that aren’t constructed of PVC piping, as alternate materials are more susceptible to breaking down over time.
Tree Root Damage
Again considering that your sewer line is located underneath the soil in your yard, it’s possible that tree roots can interfere with the pipe. Trees that are growing on or near your property will have roots that extend outward underground to find nutrients. In this process, the roots may be drawn to your sewer line, given that it contains water and waste. Once tree roots invade any pipeline, they may cause clogging. Pipe clogs caused by tree roots will continue to get worse as the roots expand.
Tree roots aren’t the only potential cause of a blocked sewer line. Grease and debris can build up in the pipe, eventually reaching the point of a full pipe block. Blockage prevents water from flowing through your main sewer line, typically causing clogged drains and slow draining water in your home.
Bellied Sewer Line Pipe
When part of a sewer line sinks into the ground, it’s called a bellied pipe. This issue causes the accumulation of waste and prevents proper drainage for your Denver home. It’s important to have a bellied pipe checked out by your professional plumbing team ASAP, before it causes lasting damage to your home’s drainage system.
The sections of piping that make up your main sewer line are sealed to prevent leakage. But, if these seals break, the pipe joints will start to leak into the underground area around this pipe. This is another serious plumbing issue that homeowners should have looked at by a professional as soon as possible.
Sewer Line Repairs
When you contact Go Direct Plumbing for your sewer line repairs, we’ll get to the root of the issue. After assessing the damage and determining the best possible solution, we’ll quickly get to work. Our goal is to restore your home’s drainage system to working condition as efficiently as possible for your convenience.