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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.