Every home has a large main pipe underground, and that is connected to the street and city sewerage system. As homeowners, we tend to forget about pipes as they are mostly ‘out of sight’. However, underground pipes can deteriorate and require repair or replacement over time. If left untreated, a sewer leak can lead to cracking or collapse of the pipe.
What are the common signs to look out for if you suspect a sewer pipe leak?
Moisture and mould
If you notice unusual moisture, a ‘wet patch’ or extra green parts of the lawn, this might be an indication of a leak underground. You can image how much your garden would love the extra supply of nutritious, sewer water feeding its roots! Another sign is mould growth or dampness in the walls around your home, due to the higher humidity levels from a leak. This is often accompanied by a strange odour and sewerage smell.
Needing pest control more than usual? A leaking sewer pipe is an open invitation to all sorts of pests including rodents and cockroaches. If you notice a pest infestation at your home that doesn’t seem to go away regardless of how much pest control has been done, then perhaps your sewer needs to be checked. Many pests thrive in sewers and you most certainly wouldn’t want to share your home with them.
Severe pipe damage or collapse can cause structural damage to your property. If you notice foundational cracks or sinking, uneven ground, this will require attention sooner rather than later before any costly, irreversible damage is done. Again, check and feel for any moisture of the walls surrounding your home, and if you notice a strange smell, call in a professional for assistance.
Detecting an Underground Sewer Leak
Instead of digging around and destroying your garden, getting in down the pipes to see what the problem is saves time and money upfront. The way to do this is by utilising a CCTV system. This allows you to determine the location of the leak and the extent of the damage, so that a repair or replacement can be carried out efficiently. It’s important to ensure you are 100% sure of what you are dealing with upfront, without wasting time diagnosing the problem.
Here at Wild Water Plumbing, we have over 11 years of industry experience serving the local community of North Shore and Northern Beaches. Our expert team of plumbers are trained in leak detection utlising our state-of-the-art CCTV equipment to help you pinpoint the leak and provide you with an action plan. If you suspect a sewer pipe leak, don’t delay and get in touch today!