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Your Landscaping Problems Could Be Due To A Damaged Sewer Line

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Maintaining a healthy lawn and beautiful landscape can make your entire home look nice. But if your grass appears lush and bright in some places and sunken and dead in other areas, you could have something wrong with your sewer line. A broken sewer line can affect your landscape in ways you may never expect. Here's how a broken sewer line affects your landscape.

How Does a Broken Sewer Line Change Landscape?

You may blame the strange problems in your landscape on poor soil conditions and a lack of fertilizer. Although bad soil and the wrong fertilizer can affect how well vegetation grows, other things can damage your landscape, including a cracked, broken, and collapsed sewer line.

Sewer lines carry a substantial amount of waste and water. Wastewater can leak above ground and make your grass appear luxurious, lush, and healthy. The bacteria and other germs found in sewer water act as natural fertilizers for grass and plants. However, your grass and vegetation will only grow well in the areas saturated with sewage. Patches of healthy grass may show up in different places in your lawn.

Sewer water can also spill out below ground and weaken the soil, sediment, and rocks surrounding your sewer pipe. The conditions can cause sinkholes and other dangerous situations to develop in your yard. Sinkholes can displace the structures sitting near or around them, including your garage, vehicles, and home.

You can solve the mysterious problems in your landscape by repairing your broken sewer pipe. 

Is There a Way to Repair Your Sewer Line?

You may choose to walk around your yard and look for the broken sewer line yourself, but it might not be safe to do so. The saturated soil over the sewer line may give out if you walk on it. If the soil caves in or collapse, you may become injured. The safest thing to do is have a plumber inspect your landscape and sewer line for you.

A plumber may follow special protocols or tools to locate your damaged sewer line. Sewer lines typically empty into the city, so a contractor may use the city sewer outlet in the street as a guide to locate your sewer line. Once a contractor locates the line, they can insert a camera into the line and use it to inspect the condition of the pipe. The camera may alert a plumber of the exact location, size, and severity of the damage. 

After securing footage of the broken sewer pipe, a plumber may begin repairs. A contractor may choose to remove the line completely and insert a new pipe in its place, or a plumber may repair only sections of the line. Some plumbers reline broken pipes instead of removing them. 

You may also want to remove and replace the weakened soil from over your sewer line after the repairs. You want to use soil that doesn't soak into water, or soil that drains easily. If in doubt about the type of soil to use, consult with a home and garden provider. A plumber may also be able to assist you with this matter. However, you must ask about replacing your soil during the repairs. 

It's important that you maintain your sewer line regularly after the repairs. You can schedule routine sewer line inspections with a plumbing contractor. You can also monitor the condition of your lawn during the year. If your grass begins to grow exceptionally well, and you didn't do anything to encourage the growth, contact a plumber right away. You may need to inspect your sewer line again. 

If you suspect problems with your sewer line, contact a plumbing contractor about sewer line repair services