Causes of Sewer Line Damage | PlumbRite


The sewer line carries wastewater from your property to the primary sewer system. Therefore, your plumbing cannot function properly when the sewer line is damaged. For example, you may experience slow drainage or backed-up sewer lines, making your property unhealthy and uncomfortable.

The secret to preventing sudden sewer line problems is to understand the possible causes of sewer damage and how to stop the culprits.

Clogs From Solid Obstructions

How you use your plumbing system can directly affect the condition of your sewer line. For example, draining grease oil, garbage, and solid particles down the sink will likely obstruct the sewer line. In the same way, if you flush sanitary pads, toys, and diapers, these non-biodegradable materials will accumulate and eventually block the line. So, watch what you dispose of down the drain.

Tree Roots Invading the Sewer Line

If you have trees around your property, the roots may creep into your sewer line and create an obstruction. The reason is that tree roots are constantly searching for water and moisture, and if you have trees with invasive root systems, they may eventually find their way into the sewer line.

You can tell that you have roots in your sewer line if you notice slow-draining sinks and showers. The roots create a clog, which restricts wastewater passage through the sewer. Consequently, you will deal with slow drainage and, sometimes, a water backup. Additionally, you may notice a sinkhole on your lawn near the sewer line. The sinkhole results from soil erosion around the pipe due to a leaking sewer line.

Foul odors inside and outside your house are another indicator of tree intrusion. The smell is due to the gases and waste from the clogged sewer line. Contact an expert plumber for camera testing to identify if you have roots in the sewer line. The plumber will be able to remove and repair the affected area.

Age of the Sewer Line

As time passes, pipes weaken due to corrosion and extreme weather conditions. Consequently, you may experience frequent blockages and clogged drains due to water leaking from weak pipes. You can tell if you have an old sewer line if you notice drainage problems in several fixtures throughout your property.

Also, consult a plumber if you have had the same pipes for more years. The plumber will conduct an inspection and provide the best solution for your problem. The options include replacing the affected portions of the sewer line or relining them with new material.


Rodents love dark and damp places; if your sewer line fits that bill, you may have rodents lurking in them. Rodents will create nests in your sewer line, which causes a blockage. Also, these creatures may loosen or break the pipes and cause costly damage.

Heavy Machinery

This issue is common, especially if you have a construction site near your property. In addition, heavy machinery may cause soil erosion, eventually weakening your sewer line and cause it to crack or break. To prevent such damage, identify areas with potential risk factors. You may hire a professional construction inspector to check if the site poses any danger to your sewer line.

Poor Installation

The efficiency and reliability of your sewer line mainly depend on the quality of installation. If you don't entrust the installation to an experienced plumber, you will likely have problems down the road. In the same way, the quality of materials used determines how long your sewer line can serve you without fail.

These are just some of the possible causes of sewer line damage. Pay attention to any signs mentioned above and contact an expert plumber for assistance. PlumbRite is your trusted partner for all your plumbing and sewer line needs. We can inspect, diagnose, and repair any issues to restore the integrity of your plumbing system. Contact us today for a consultation.

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