Sewer lines can be damaged or blocked because of a number of issues. Tree roots are the number one source for collapsed or clogged sanitary sewer lines.

Tree roots often seek out sewer lines because they provide warmth, food and nutrients, which leads to sewer damage.

Warm air circulates in your sewer line, causing condensation to form and escape into the soil. The condensation attracts tree roots which find their way into tiny cracks, loose joints, and other openings in the pipe. This provides a constant supply of water for the roots to grow, and eventually leads to a blockage or total collapse of the sewer line.

The homeowner is solely responsible for the maintenance and repair of the sewer line running from the home to the main sewer pipe. If the blockage/damage is in the main sewer line the municipality is responsible for the maintenance and repair.

The life expectancy of a clay sewer line is around  50-60 years, an iron cast sewer line is around 70-90 years, and for a PVC sewer line, it is around 100 years.

However, there are various factors that can affect the life expectancy of a sewer line—material of the pipe, proximity to trees, usage, etc. By regular inspection for bulges, cracks, joint failures, tree root intrusion, etc. you can prevent costly sewer line repairs.

The most common causes of sewer pipe damage include

  • Tree root intrusion
  • Increased traffic on the ground above
  • Shifting soil
  • Poor installation
  • Use of heavy construction equipment above ground
  • Digging too close to the pipe
  • Rusted pipes
  • Inevitable deterioration over time

and more.

We offer CCTV camera inspection to determine the condition of your sewer. During the process, our plumbers put a camera in your sewer line to get a view of the inside of the sewer to find holes, cracks, root infiltrations, collapsed pipe sections, etc.