Professional Sewer Leak Detection in Houston
There are few plumbing issues as devastating and costly as a sewer line leak that is left undiscovered. Broken sewer lines cause wastewater (and everything else) that goes into your drains and toilets from your home to pour into the soil deep beneath your yard. The first sign of a sewer line leak is often a soggy area of your yard that was never damp before or an extremely green and lush section of lawn.
If you notice water ponding around your yard, strange smells from your drains, or cracks in your foundation and walls, call Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services for a sewer leak detection in Houston service.
Sewer Line Problems Stink!
No, really, it’s a serious problem that you and your sewer line have to talk about. Being able to smell sewer gas in your home is an almost sure sign that there is a break somewhere in your drain or sewer lines. In a “best-case scenario,” that awful rotten-egg smell can be caused by a broken seal or flange beneath the base of your toilet. The worst case would be a sewer line leak that has started to cause the wood beneath your floors to start to rot.
Sewer Leak Detection in Houston Keeps Your Home from Cracking Up!
Foundations, walls, and ceilings can all be affected by a sewer line leak, and once the structural integrity of your home is compromised, it can be expensive to repair. Leaking sewer lines can cause the soil that your home sits on to shift, which results in cracks in your foundation. Once the foundation of your home has shifted, it’s a short ride to cracks in drywall, in ceilings, and hardwood floors.
Sewer leak detection in Houston is especially vital with the high clay content in our local soil. The clay causes the soil to expand and thicken, becoming a gooey mess that stays wet for a long time. As the soil goes through several cycles of soaking and then drying, it begins to erode and be washed away, causing the surrounding earth to move into its place.
How Can I Prevent Sewer Line Leaks?
With proper maintenance, along with regular drain cleaning, sewer lines have a lifespan of fifty years or more. Preventing sewer line leaks can be difficult when outside forces like root infiltration and shifting soil can cause cracks anywhere along your sewer line.
Nick’s Plumbing employs two different methods to locate your sewer line leak. Starting with our high-definition sewer line camera, we inspect the inside of your pipes to find any visible breaks or tree root growth. When a video inspection turns up nothing, we perform hydrostatic pressure testing on your entire sewer line. The test involves inflating a rubber balloon where the home’s drains meet the sewer line, then filling the pipe with water. The water level in the pipe is monitored for at least fifteen minutes, and if there is a drop in water level, there is a leak somewhere in that line.
If you suspect a sewer line leak, call Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services to book a sewer leak detection in Houston.