Sewer lines are just as susceptible to developing various problems as any other part of the plumbing system. While having other pipes in your commercial plumbing system fail can be annoying, though, a sewer line failure can cause widespread problems throughout the property. That’s why you need to be able to identify when your sewer line is in need of repairs, so that you can have it repaired as quickly as possible. Ideally, you should be having your system professionally checked at least once every year or so. Even if you do have your line checked, you should know the following signs that your sewer line is in desperate need of repairs.
Horrible-Smelling Pools Forming on the Property
When a leak forms in the sewer line, the water from it will bubble up through the ground and form pools on the surface. This may depend on what exactly is located above the damaged sewer lien, of course, but if the rupture happens outside it can result in this symptom fairly often. If you notice pools of foul-smelling water forming on your property with no obvious source, it may be because there is a leak in your sewer line that needs repairing.
Another common sewer lien issue is where the soil around part of the pipe shifts over time. The soil can shift far enough that it deforms the pipe itself, bending it into a U-shape. This is referred to as bellying. Bellying can cause immense problems for the sewer line, preventing water from flowing through it properly and causing backups throughout the rest of the system. If your commercial drains and other plumbing appliances are backing up on a regular basis, it might be because part of the pipe has been the victim of bellying.
Tree Root Growth
This is a more common issue with water lines, but it can affect the sewer line as well. As tree roots spread out from the visible body of the tree, looking for moisture, they often come into contact with water and sewer lines. Once the root penetrates the line itself, it will begin to grow and spread throughout the system. The more advanced the tree root growth gets, the more it will restrict the flow of water through the sewer line. If you have reason to suspect that your commercial building is dealing with tree root growth in the sewer line, call for repairs right away. If the tree root growth is too advanced, the entire section of the pipe may have to be replaced.
You don’t want to know what some sewer line issues are capable of doing to the rest of the property. So, make sure that if you are at all suspicious about the health or operation of your sewer line, that you call for repairs as soon as you possibly can.