Your water and sewer mains are incredibly important components of your home. Your water line brings fresh water into your home while your sewer line carries away waste water. You use these pipes every single day. When they break, leak or crack, it can be a huge ordeal to fix them because they are buried so far underground. This also makes it hard to quickly determine if they have a leak. Here are some of the most common signs that your sewer or water main is broken.
Common Causes of Sewer and Water Main Cracks
- Tree roots – Believe it or not, one of the most common culprits for sewer and water main damage is tree roots. In their search for water, tree roots are drawn to the main lines of your house. They slowly work their way into the pipe’s joints and can eventually block the entire pipe.
- Age – Over time, your sewer and water main can deteriorate or corrode.
- Natural disasters – Natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and especially earthquakes can cause tremendous damage to your sewer and water mains.
Soft or Soggy Spots in Your Yard
As the water from your cracked sewer and water main starts to leak into the soil under your yard, it will start to saturate the ground. This can sometimes form a soggy spot in your yard. Because the pipes are buried in the ground, by the time you notice the soggy spot the leak will probably have been active for some time. Call a Rocky River plumber right away.
Domes or Bumps in Your Yard
Depending upon the type of dirt that is in your yard, the water might not absorb into the dirt as well. It could actually cause the dirt to expand and form a dome or mound in your yard. This is what can cause slab leaks and cracks in your home’s foundation.
Bad Odors and Weird Water
If you start to notice the smell of sewage around your house, you may want to start worrying about your sewer main. If it starts leaking, you’re going to have waste water sitting around your property. Also, if you notice water leaks in weird places where there aren’t any pipes, it could also be an indication that you have a pipe leak.
If you need a plumber for your Rocky River home, call the experts at Pompeii’s. We respond quickly and can diagnose your problem accurately. Our plumbers have years of experience offering plumbing services in Rocky River and we would be more than happy to help you too. Give us a call today!