3 Signs of a Damaged Main Line

06/02/2019

3 Signs of a Damaged Main Line

Plumbing pipes and fixtures make up one of the most important systems within your home. Taking care of your plumbing should be a top priority, especially when it comes to monitoring the condition of your main water line.

This line acts as a conduit between your home and the municipal sewer system. Water and waste travel through the main line often throughout the day, so maintaining the integrity of the pipe is critical to the performance of your sewer system.

Since your main line is buried beneath the ground, it isn’t always easy to spot signs of damage. Take note of the following signs that your main line might be in need of immediate repair.

  1. Clogged Drains

When the main water line is intact, your plumbing fixtures should drain properly. The occasional clog might form within the pipes connecting your fixture to the main line, but these clogs can be cleared out by a plumber with ease.

Clogs that are deeper in your plumbing system aren’t so easy to get to, and you may experience more frequent drain problems if your main line is damaged. One of the most common causes of underground pipe damage is tree root infiltration.

The roots of the trees in your yard are always expanding beneath the soil’s surface in search of water. If the roots are close enough to your main line, they can infiltrate the pipe through connections and fittings. Over time, the roots will expand and create a barrier that prevents water and waste from draining properly.

Pipes damaged by tree roots will need to be replaced.

  1. Pooling Water

You can use your home’s landscaping to help assess the condition of your main water line. If the main pipe sustains any damage, water and waste can leak out of the pipe and into the surrounding soil.

Serious damage will cause pools of water to appear on the surface of your lawn since the soil will become too saturated to absorb the volume of water released by the broken pipe.

Even if you don’t see pooling water, you can use grass coloration and growth to spot sewer problems. The grass near the main line leak will often appear more lush and vibrant than the surrounding lawn.

An experienced plumber can use a specialized camera to inspect the interior surface of your main line for damage if pooling water or suspicious growth suddenly appear in your lawn.

  1. Pest Infestation

One of the more surprising signs that your main water line is in need of repair is an increase in the number of pests that appear in and around your home. Damaged sewer lines provide access points for insects, rodents, and other pests to enter your home.

These pests can squeeze through very small openings, so even minor sewer damage can be cause for concern. Many pests carry diseases with them, so contacting a plumber to repair your main line when pests are using it as a highway into your home will help you protect the health of your family.

The condition of your main water line can have a direct effect on the performance of your home’s plumbing system as a whole. Since the sewer line itself is not visible to the naked eye, you must be able to pick up on clues that let you know the pipe may be damaged.

You can invest in repairs before serious damage occurs when you spot signs of potential mainline problems early. The experienced professionals at Gold Seal Plumbing can pinpoint sewer problems and restore the integrity of your plumbing system. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today.