Indications of severe problems with your sewer pipe
Frequent backups: Is there a backup every time you flush or run water in your sink? This is an issue with your main sewer line, which includes:
A rupture in the sewer pipe from shifting soil or pressure from the use of heavy equipment above the ground
Cracks or breaks in the pipe from corrosion; the cracks may have also caused the surrounding soil to seep in
A sag in the pipe that creates a negative slope, slowing the movement of wastewater and over time, accumulating waste particles and debris in the pipe's belly
Depending on the type of problem, you may need to replace the affected section of the pipe or install a new pipe. After a thorough inspection, our professionals will recommend the most suitable solution.
Odour of sewer gas: Sanitary and sewer drains are interconnected systems that transport wastewater. The sanitary sewer's job is to carry sewage from bathrooms and kitchen sinks to a wastewater treatment plant. If you can smell sewer gas in your home or its immediate vicinity, your sewer system has a suffered a crack. Sanitary sewers are airtight in all places except the roof vent stacks that enable the downhill movement of sewage. Sewer stench will waft through only if your sanitary sewer line has opened or experienced a crack.
Mold and rodents: You heard it right. If rats have started making your home their home, it may indicate a break in your sewer lines. Although rats are attracted to food, cluttered environments where they can hide and breed, and old homes/buildings, they can also arrive from their home in the sewers to your abode. All they need is a small crack in your sanitary sewer to squeeze through.
A cracked sewer pipe behind a wall can trigger an increase in humidity levels and attract mold growth. If mold growth and sewer odor occur together, it's a sure sign of sewage pipe breakage.