The Most Common Causes of Sewer Pipe Damage and How to Prevent Them

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For the homeowners the issue of sewer pipe damage is one that must be evaded at all cost. Nobody wants to come home to a sewer smell and water still in the sink from the morning. Also, the consequences of dealing with such an issue can be unpleasant, messy and particularly expensive. Luckily, there are measures that can be taken to avoid such issues. In this article, we will explain the most frequent reasons for sewer pipe damage, how to detect the damage and what steps to take to minimize the impact.

What Are the Signs of Sewer Pipe Damage?

If you’ve noticed that your sinks and tub are draining slowly or if there’s a foul, gassy odour in your home, it may be a sign of sewer pipe damage. It’s important to have a professional plumber inspect your pipes to identify the root cause and address the issue before it leads to more serious problems. There can be a handful of reasons why your pipes are damaged, and we will discuss them further in this article.

Some of the Most Common Causes of Sewer Pipe Damage

Tree Roots

Tree roots are an ordinary cause of sewer pipe damage. As trees grow, their roots delve deep into the earth and if they come into contact with your sewer pipes, it can result in damage. In time, the roots can pierce through the pipes and cause cracks or breakages. To prevent this from happening, it is vital to refrain from planting trees in close proximity to your sewer lines. In the event that trees are already present, it is advised to have them inspected by a professional on a regular basis.

Grease Build-up

Another common cause of sewer pipe damage is the build-up of grease. When grease is poured down your drain, it can accumulate and block your pipes. Over time, this blockage can become so severe that it leads to pipes bursting. Avoid pouring grease down your drain and instead dispose of it in the trash so that you won’t have to face this problem in the future.

Ageing Pipes

Sewer pipes are strong and mighty, but even they grow old. When it happens, they tend to become fragile and vulnerable to damage. If your home was constructed prior to the 1970s, it is probable that it has sewer pipes made of clay or cast iron, which are particularly susceptible to damage. Get your pipes examined by a professional plumber and consider replacing them with modern PVC pipes if necessary.

Ground Movement

Sewer pipe damage can also be caused by the ground movement. And we are not talking about just extraordinary things like earthquakes here — even if they, too, are not particularly friends with your pipes. Even the construction work in your area can be enough for the pipe damage. But it is not a reason to be scared of every renovation around — just make sure to have your pipes inspected after any significant construction work is done in your area and consider reinforcing your pipes with additional supports.

Avoid Sewer Pipe Damage by Consulting a Professional Plumber

Sewer pipe damage can be a real pain in the neck for many homeowners, but these all problems can be avoided with the proper care and maintenance. By adopting the measures outlined in this article, you can prevent the most frequent causes of sewer pipe damage and ensure that their sewer pipes remain in optimal working condition for years to come. Remember to have your pipes inspected by a professional on a regular basis and take immediate action if any signs of damage are noticed.

If you seek professional plumbing services, do not hesitate to contact us. Fuse Service is capable of dealing with any plumbing issues that you might have. Give us a call at (408) 721-2530 or write an email to We look forward to helping you!

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