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Broken Main or Sewer Line

Leaking, Broken or Corroded Main or Sewer Line? Call Thousand Oaks Plumbing! 

If you have a leaky pipe inside your home, chances are you will notice it pretty quickly. Water seeping through the walls or ceiling is usually a red flag that something is wrong. But a leak in the pipes outside your home can be harder to detect. A small leak in your main or sewer line can quickly grow into a big problem.

The experienced technicians at Thousand Oaks Plumbing can quickly identify the problem and recommend the best solution. To make sure we get you flowing quickly, we clear any clogs, diagnose your problem and recommend solutions based on our findings.

We offer emergency service for your broken pipes. Start an online chat or give us a call at (805) 494-4981 and our friendly representatives will dispatch a technician right away!

Signs of Main or Sewer Problems 

  • Slow or clogged drains

  • Low water pressure or no water at all

  • Sewage backup into showers, tubs, toilets or sinks

  • Unusually lush areas in your lawn

  • Water or sewage pooling in your lawn

  • Odor of sewer gas coming from drains

  • Unusually high water bill

  • Insect and rodent infestation

  • Mold and mildew in your home’s walls, ceilings or floors

  • Cracks in your foundation or walls

Why Do Main or Sewer Lines Break? 

Here are some of the most common reasons your main or sewer line can break:

Aging Pipes

If your home was built before 1980, your pipes are likely lead-based or are connected with lead solder. And if your home was built before 1960, it likely has galvanized steel pipes, which have a lifespan of about 50 years.

Inferior Materials

Pipes aren’t meant to last forever. But when they are made of inferior materials such as low-grade copper, galvanized steel, Polybutylene and inexpensive plastic, it is just a matter of time before they fail.

Improper Construction

Sometimes pipes are improperly installed or low-quality materials are used. If pipes are kinked, bent or dented, the affected areas could cause leaks or breaks.

External Pressure

If your foundation moves due to an earthquake, soil erosion or underground water flow, it can cause slab leaks.

Poor Water Quality

Highly acidic or alkaline water can cause pipe corrosion, leading to slab leaks.


When pipes rub up against gravel, concrete, nearby pipes or other materials, the constant friction can cause them to break or crack.

Do I Need a Plumber? 

If you are handy, you might be able to repair simple problems like a loose screw or damaged washer. But there are many different types of faucets and each one operates different and requires unique parts. The best way to get your leaking or dripping faucet  fixed is to enlist the help of a professional plumber.

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