The Top 7 Signs of Broken Underground Drainpipes (How to Fix Them)

By |Published On: November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Residential Plumbing, Sewer Systems|

Can a Broken Drain Pipe Underground Become a Problem? YES!

A broken or damaged underground drain pipe may seem like a minor issue but don’t fool yourself. If not taken care of, the damages can domino costing you more and more money. New Flow Plumbing can find the problem, fix it effectively, and get your home plumbing running again.

Before you pick up the phone and call us, here are some signs that indicate that there is a problem with your underground pipes. Noticing these signs will help prevent further unwanted damage.

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Signs of a damaged pipe

  • Sewage backups and blockage.
    • Because all of your drains rely on the main sewer line, if each drain in your house is becoming clogged, it’s likely the main. If a single drain is affected, then the blockage is isolated only in that area.
  • Odor
    • Smelling sewage in your house? There is most likely a crack in the sewer system and it’s leaking into the house causing that foul, gross smell.
  • Mold
    • If there is a break in your sewer line, mold may begin to grow on your walls. A crack in the pipe will cause the humidity of the home to increase and allow mold to grow

Signs of Broken Underground Drainpipes

  • Slow drains
    • A slow drain is a clear sign that something is blocking the line and will lead to sewage back up. One possible solution could be just cleaning the drains, but the damage could be larger and further up the line.
  • Backyard signs
    • If sewage is leaking into your yard, areas of your grass will seem extra green and growing. Sewage acts as a fertilizer and your grass will become mismatched and uneven.
    • You may also notice dips and small valleys due to the soil sinking into the pipe.
    • Septic water may leak into your yard making it unbearable to breathe.
  • Major home issues
    • Believe it or not, your home’s foundation can crack if left untreated. You do not want that! If this becomes the case, immediately call a foundation repair specialist.
  • Infestation!
    • Because the pipe may be cracked, small creatures can find their way into your home. Rats, mice, cockroaches, palmetto bugs, and sewer flies can invade your personal space. A simple sewer CCTV inspection can find where they are entering from.

Rats on wood in cell

Trenchless sewer repair: How does it work?

First off, what is trenchless sewer repair?

Trenchless sewer repair is how we can fix damaged pipes without costing you thousands. The traditional pipe replacement can require tearing and ripping up your house or yard. Walls and floors will have to be replaced using this method, making your life difficult. Trenchless technology only involves digging two 4ft by 4ft pits to gain access to the pipe. Simple as that!

Trenchless sewer repair is cost-effective, time-saving, and lasting solution. 50 – 100 years of efficient results. The life-use expectancy for HDPE (high-density polyethylene) pipes are 100+ years. CIPP (cured-in-place pipe) have a 50-year life-use expectancy.

After we take a CCTV inspection of your pipes, we at New Flow Plumbing can take the best route based on the situation. Below are the ways to get your plumbing back to normal.

  1. Pipe Lining
After inspection, we insert an epoxy-impregnated liner into the old pipe. Inside the liner is another layer called a bladder, which will inflate and press the epoxy against the pipe. After a few hours the epoxy dries and BOOM! You have a new pipe within your old one.

Note: The pipe’s diameter does become slightly smaller but it increases your new pipes flow capacity.

  1. Pipe Bursting
Pipe bursting is another method we can take for lateral lines, or the house-to-street sewer lines. If the pipe has lost its shape or structural integrity, we will dig our two 4ft by 4ft pits (one on each end of the pipe) and feed in a new pipe that breaks up the old one as it moves along, taking its place. We perform another CCTV inspection to ensure everything is perfect and then fill in the access pits.

Note: If a pipe is too damaged to perform pipe lining, we will use pipe bursting instead.

broken pvc pipe in trench leaks water after unsuccessfully repairs

What pipes can be fixed using trenchless sewer repair?

This method can be used for cracked, corroded, leaky, or misaligned pipes. If they’re under homes, commercial buildings, or landscaping that you do not want to be torn up, trenchless technology can take care of it! We can also fix any vertical stacks in multi-story buildings and lateral lines that connect to a city sewer or septic tank.

Note: Sometimes a sewer pipe is so badly damaged that no trenchless repair method is usable.

When it’s impossible to use a trenchless repair method, we use conventional sewer replacement methods. Nonetheless, contact us and we can find the solution that works for you! 

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How much does trenchless sewer repair cost?

Using trenchless sewer technology, we save property owners between 30 to 40% of their entire project cost. It’s a more cost-effective solution than the usual methods because we won’t destroy your property. You will save thousands of dollars on restoration and clean up costs from conventional sewer repair and avoid all that unneeded hassle.
At New Flow Plumbing, we can find your problem and fix it in no time!

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