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How Do Sewer Lines Get Damaged, Anyway?

sunny-techniciansIt’s just a pipe. There are not any mechanical components to degrade over time. And the thing is buried on my property,  so it is not even as though it is exposed to the elements. So how the heck is it that a sewer line in Las Vegas, NV can get damaged, anyway? Shouldn’t it be safe down there, where the sun cannot even beat down on it and heat it up?

Sure—maybe in a perfect world. But this is not a perfect world, and the fact of the matter is that you can expect problems to develop with your sewer line at some point.

When they do, you really want to have the problem dealt with immediately. For what we think are pretty obvious reasons, a sewer line leak is really not something that you want to allow to fester in your home. The good news is that the professional plumbers here at The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas are never more than a phone call away! 

Shifting Soil

Unfortunately, there are plenty of situations in which a sewer line may be damaged that you have absolutely no control over. One such instance is shifting soil. Whether it’s just property settling over time, if there has been a change in the surrounding area due to construction, or even seismic activity, there is a chance that such changes are going to lead to sewer line damages.

There is literally nowhere that you can go where this would never be a concern, much as we’d like to tell you otherwise. Fortunately for you, even if the cause of the problem is out of your control, the solutions are not. We’re waiting to take your call.

Tree Roots

Yes, really. Tree roots.  Specifically, thirsty tree roots that are in the market for some nourishment. And that pipe running the length of your property has what those trees are looking for. Water and, well, nutrients.

Tree roots are incredibly strong. You’re talking about natural entities capable of destroying the concrete of sidewalks. What chance does your sewer line stand? Not much, really. If tree roots do get into your pipe, they can do very real damage very quickly.


Oh, come on. How could a clog lead to sewer line damages?

Look, we understand that it may not be what you want to hear, but the fact of the matter is that ignoring those slow drains and frequent toilet backups in your home really can lead to problems with your sewer line. When clogs are allowed to persist, the pressure in that sewer line can really build up. If that sewer line is already compromised in any way, it is only a matter of time before leaks develop.

If you have a very old property with very old plumbing materials, it may be worthwhile to replace your old sewer line with a new one composed of stronger materials. Regardless of the material used, though, you always need to be on the lookout for potential issues with your sewer line.

Schedule your drain and sewer services with us. Bright and shiny and won’t show our hiney.

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