If you have a cracked sewer pipe, then you’re in big trouble, unless you do something about it right away!

A cracked sewer pipe may cause soil pollution, bad odor, and even poisoning of underground water. So how do you prevent these from happening?

At A.J. McDonald we have spent over 75 years in the business. In that span of years, we have encountered different sewer and pipe issues. We have experience providing both traditional sewer services and now the more modern and sophisticated ones. We also know a lot about the frustrations you go through when you suddenly realize there is something wrong with your sewer pipes.

Here’s our advice: pay attention to your sewage for ANY sign of damage! It will help you get the problem fixed just as quickly as it occurs. Some of the signs of a damaged sewer pipe that you should watch out for are:

  • Clogging
  • Bad Odor
  • Sinkhole

Clogging is commonly caused by piled up grease that goes down the kitchen drain or hair and other particles down the shower drain. If these are the causes, then you can get it fixed by simply cleaning the pipe. But if the clogging happens more often, then it could be a sign that there is a damage on the pipe.

Bad Odor in and out of the house that cannot be remedied by cleaning your drains or the toilet can be a sign that you have a problem in your sewer pipe. It is not normal for a sewage to smell because it is built to be airtight to prevent odor from escaping.

If a sinkhole appears in the yard, then it is most likely because of a broken pipe. If the pipe breaks, water leaks from underground, which then causes the appearance of a sinkhole on the ground above over time as soil starts to wash away.

What do you do then?

Once it is confirmed that you have a broken sewer pipe, what do you do next? There are generally two ways you can have a sewer repair done.

The traditional dig and replace method.

You can do this if you are in good physical condition and if you have the tools you need to dig and replace the sewer line. This is not advisable for folks who may not have the physical strength to do hours or days of digging.

An alternative would be to hire a professional to do the job, but their services may be expensive and the hours or days they spend trying to fix the problem may mean you need to put up with machine noise for some time. Other than that, there is the issue of having to uproot trees or demolish some landscapes to get to the sewer line.

The new trenchless method of fixing the sewage.

My new favorite! As its name implies, ‘trenchless’ technologies do not require digging in order to get your sewage fixed. It may initially cost more than the manual dig and replace method but it actually saves you a lot of time, money, and effort in the long run.

The trenchless pipe repair takes a few hours to get it done. This means you get to use your drains as usual without waiting for days to get the pipes fixed. Aside from that, there is no need to break or dig anything around the house to make it happen! That means no further repair or mess cleanup after your plumbers are done with their job.

The final decision is always up to you. If you think excavating will work better for you, then make sure you start early so you can finish at the soonest possible time. But if you want to use your time to do more important tasks than repairing a damaged sewer line, then trenchless method of repair can be your best option.