A sewer line breakage occurs when the pipes that transport wastewater and sewage from your home to the main municipal sewer line or septic tank become damaged or compromised. These pipes are typically buried underground, making it challenging to detect issues until they escalate into a major problem. Common causes of sewer line breakages include:
Aging Pipes: Over time, sewer lines can deteriorate due to wear and tear. Old, cast iron, clay, or Orangeburg pipes are particularly prone to breaking down.
Tree Root Infiltration: Tree roots can infiltrate sewer lines in search of water and nutrients, causing blockages and, in severe cases, damaging the pipes.
Ground Shifting: Changes in soil, such as settling, can put pressure on sewer lines and cause them to crack or break.
Corrosion: Chemicals and minerals in wastewater can lead to corrosion of pipes, weakening them over time.