A sewer line is the main pipe that carries sewage out of your house for transport to treatment or disposal. If this line becomes clogged or damaged, it can result in raw sewage backing up out of the drains and into your home. This is not only unsanitary, but can lead to significant damage to your property.
There are a variety of situations which can cause your sewer pipes to develop cracks. While many are outside of your control, you should nonetheless be aware of them. These include frequent ground freezes and thaws, tree root intrusion, your house and the ground around it settling over time, a backup from a city controlled sewer line, or the unavoidable aging of your house’s pipes. One cause of sewer line cracks that is within your control is digging in the wrong place. (To avoid this, call Georgia 811 before doing any digging in your yard.) Another is lack of maintenance to the pipes on your part. That includes letting food, grease, hair, and other items go down your drains and into your pipes. This causes buildup in the pipes that makes it more difficult for water to pass through, and the increased pressure will eventually lead to cracks. [Read more…]