To most people, access to water and functional indoor plumbing seems like a simple commodity. However, none of these convenient comforts would exist without properly maintained underground channels.
If you live in an older home, chances are your water lines are constructed from lead pipe. Lead lines should be replaced with either copper pipe or another approved water line due to health risks associated with lead.
How to identify a broken sewer line
As with any issue involving drainage or your sewer, there are a few clues to always keep in mind so you can spot a break as soon as it happens. The quicker a broken sewer line is identified, often, the less damage and cost you’ll have to face!
A few tell-tale signs to watch for include:
- The smell of sewer gas, inside or outside of your home
- Recurring drain backups
- Fixtures, like sinks, tubs, showers, or toilets, that are slow to drain
- An unusually damp or soggy lawn
- New or worsening cracks in the foundation of your home
Contact us the moment you notice any of these signs in or around your home.
Signs of a water line break
Any break in a water line needs to be addressed quickly, as they can be disastrous for both your home and property. Common signs to look for include:
- Water coming up from the ground: If you notice water bubbling up from the ground, it’s a good indication that there is some sort of break or leak.
- Flooding: If you notice water pooling in an unusual place, it’s an indication that something is wrong. Flooding becomes especially dangerous in winter months!
- Decreased water pressure: While decreased water pressure can be a symptom of a variety of issues, when combined with other symptoms it could point to a water main break.
Signs of a Septic tank issue
With proper maintenance and periodic repair, septic systems can last up to 40 years. However, several factors can reduce that lifespan, and potentially leave your home or property in an enormous mess.
Signs you should watch out for include:
- Water pooling near the septic system
- Backups or slow drainage of sinks, tubs, showers and toilets
- Bad smells around your home or property
24/7 Emergency Services
If you don’t act quickly, the cost of repairing or replacing a broken sewer line can escalate quickly. When you spot a problem, never hesitate to call on our 24/7 emergency service. Daytime or night, you can reach Strathcona Excavating Hydrovac Dispatch at 780.239.9001.
Frequently Asked Questions
The amount of time that a sewer line lasts usually depends on the type of material it is constructed of. Pipes made from cast iron, clay or cement may last up to 50 years. Modern sewer lines made from PVC or ABS can withstand the test of time for much longer.
There are many reasons that a sewer line could break. These are a few of the most common causes:
• Tree roots
• Corrosion (common in older lines)
• Ground disturbance
• Accidental damage from construction
Strathcona Excavating can offer a quick, affordable solution regardless of how the damage occurred.
There are many different things that can cause a water line to break. Here are some of the most common causes:
• AGING PIPES: as pipes age, they can corrode and the walls become thin. This creates the perfect conditions for a break, especially when combined with temperature or pressure changes.
• FROZEN PIPES: just like pipes in your home, water lines are susceptible to freezing during the cold Edmonton winters.
• SHIFTING GROUND: as the ground freezes and thaws, it expands and contracts around water lines. This adds additional stress to the structures and can lead to a break.
• CONSTRUCTION DAMAGE: Any time there is digging in an area, water lines are at risk for potential damage.