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5 Main Causes of Sewer Line Damage

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There are unavoidable issues that our sewer lines are bound to suffer no matter how painstakingly careful we take care of those pipes. In some cases, the causes are more unsuspectingly innocent than you think. There are times that the factors contributing to the damage and early deterioration of your sewer line may be the very materials making up the sewer line, the environment the lines is thrown into or the very substance and materials than make up the pipe itself. The danger if the homeowner remains clueless of these factors is that they could be eating away at the sewer system yet the homeowner has no idea. As a result, the sewer system is long gone by the time the homeowner notices that something just isn’t right with his sewage system.

When this happens, the repair process could wring the homeowner dry financially. To help avert this scenario, here are 5 most common causes of sewer line damage:


  • Propulsion Restraint


The pipes that make up the sewer system should have ample amount of resistance against pressure and other deteriorating factors to maintain the welfare of the sewer system. The stress imposed by the pressure of the wastes and liquids that the sewer line is transporting will affect the health of the pipeline tremendously. In fact, it can be the main cause of pipe deterioration and other issues. When the sewer system does not have enough to restrain the pressure form disrupting the structure, this will open various avenues for problems and issues to develop in the sewer system leading to early pipe deterioration.


  • Pipe Lining and Coating


From time to time, the pipe lines will need reinforcing and coating to make sure that it has all the strength it needs to retain the structure and form of the sewer line. There will be cases when the pipe is damaged that it often fails to complete its function yet not too damaged to merit a full system overhaul. For cases like this, what the system truly needs is an internal pipe coating and a homeowner can achieve this by using pipe liners made of epoxy liners. This method effectively reinforces the lines, prevent corrosion from developing, increases the lifespan of the sewer pipe and make it virtually impenetrable to all types of deterioration factors.


  • Pipe Installation Errors


During installation, a sewer pipe needs specific types of careful methods in order to make sure that the system is operational upon completion. For sewers, there should be a certain degree of declivity to allow free flow, the sewer pipes should always be directed downhill and the contractors should be mindful of the peaking factor that the sewer lines should possess. This is to gear up the system in case of increase in the volume of sewage and waste that needs to be transported.


  • Dissimilar Pipe Connections


Homeowners and contractors should be informed and should be careful not to connect varying metals in one pipeline. Overlooking this detail entails a huge disaster. Especially with metal pipes, the plumbers should bear in mind that these are very prone to corrosion. And judging by the environment that the pipes are buried in, corrosive factors are pretty common in the soil. This is yet another reason to be extra careful in choosing the pipe material that you will use in your pipeline.  


  • Pipe Manufacturing


Pipes that have manufacturing defects can never be expected to be as effective and useful as the ones that are perfectly made. Errors during the manufacturing process can lead to the pipe’s early deterioration.