Sewer pipes serve an important function in the overall drainage system in our homes. These pipes are vital in transporting septic wastes and ensuring the efficient flow within drains, despite being mostly out of sight and underground. However, as with all pipes, age and deterioration can lead to poor performance and leaks, which if left untreated, can become a costly problem or even compromise the entire drainage system.
What are some of the symptoms of a sewer pipe leak?
Slow or blocked drains
While there are many reasons for a blocked drain, if you experience more than usual blockage occurrences, or have multiple drains being affected simultaneously, then you might have a leak in the main sewer line. Aged drains are also more susceptible to damage from cracks, corroding or deteriorating joints, or from intruding tree roots and plants.
Unusual wet patches or cracks
If you notice anything unusual outside your home, such as wet patches on your grass, indentation under pavers, or cracks on your driveway, this could also indicate a leak in your sewer pipe. As these leaks are underground, the excess moisture will saturate the surrounding soil, causing warning signs on the ground level. Patches of lawn might appear ‘greener’, you might notice movement of pavers, or find cracks on the foundation concrete slab.
Well, as sewer pipes have an important role in clearing wastes, it’s no surprise that the smell is not particularly pleasant inside! If you notice a strong sewerage smell around your home, chances are, you might have a crack or opening on your sewer pipe, allowing the odour to escape. On the upside, since these odours are hard to miss, you may be able to notice and remedy the problem sooner.
A leaking sewer pipe can also attract other unsavoury and uninvited guests. While “Master Rat” from Ninja Turtles makes inhabiting the sewers seem like a fun adventure, the truth is, rats that dwell in sewers carry a myriad of diseases. If you notice an upsurge of rodents in your home, or other pests such as cockroaches and drain flies, it pays to investigate where they are coming from and whether a leak is present in your sewers.
If you suspect a leak in your sewer pipe, the best way to identify the issue is through a Leak Detection Specialist. Without proper equipment and expertise, it is very difficult to locate a leak in underground pipes. Leakspotters are experts in this field. Our technicians use the most up-to-date and least intrusive equipment such as CCTV drain cameras to examine and pinpoint the issue, therefore saving you time and money, without having to damage your property.
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