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Your sewer line is responsible for transporting wastewater from your home or commercial building to the municipal sewer system or a septic tank. This includes water and waste from your sinks, toilets, showers, and washing machines. Constructed from various materials, such as PVC, cast iron, or clay, these underground pipes ensure that household waste is efficiently and hygienically removed from your property. Proper functioning of the sewer line is critical to prevent backups, leaks, and other plumbing issues that could lead to significant damage and health hazards.

Are you concerned your sewer line is in danger of collapsing, or has trouble already started? Turn to Snell Services for consistency, quality, and solutions you can count on. Our Nebraska sewer line services include repairs and replacements of broken, clogged, or misaligned sewer lines for residential and commercial customers. Our experienced plumbers use the latest technologies and are confident we can resolve whatever problem you are facing. 

If your sewer line needs professional attention, call (308) 337-6337 or contact us online to request a free estimate. We offer 24/7 emergency service!

What Happens If My Sewer Line Breaks?

If your sewer line breaks or becomes severely damaged, the consequences can be immediate and pose serious risks to your property and health. A break in the sewer line disrupts the normal flow of wastewater from your home or building to the sewer system or septic tank, leading to potential backups into your house or commercial space. This can cause wastewater to emerge from drains, toilets, and even through the ground in the yard. Such incidents not only create a highly unpleasant environment but also necessitate costly and invasive repairs to restore proper function and sanitation.

  • Beyond the immediate disruption and repair costs, a broken sewer line presents several dangers. First, there's the risk of contamination and health hazards. Wastewater contains bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that can cause a range of illnesses. When a sewer line breaks, these contaminants can seep into your home, building, or yard, posing a significant risk to the health of building occupants and pets. In extreme cases, there may also be contamination of local water sources, which can extend the health risks to the wider community.
  • Furthermore, a broken sewer line can lead to structural damage to your property. The infiltration of wastewater into the soil around your home or building can cause the ground to shift, potentially affecting the foundation. This can lead to cracks in the foundation, walls, and floors, compromising the structural integrity of your building and requiring expensive repairs. In addition to structural issues, the excess moisture can encourage the growth of mold and mildew within your home or building, further exacerbating health concerns and potentially causing long-term damage to your property.
  • Environmental damage is another potential consequence of a broken sewer line. The leakage of untreated wastewater into the soil and potentially into groundwater and nearby streams or rivers can harm local ecosystems. 

The bottom line: A sewer line that is in danger of collapse or has already collapsed is a serious issue that needs immediate professional attention. Do not wait to request our Nebraska sewer line services if you think something may be wrong.

Signs of a Collapsed Sewer Line

The sooner you address a potentially broken sewer line, the better. Calling in our professional plumbers at the first sign of trouble can help prevent escalating damage and the most severe consequences associated with a complete sewer line collapse. 

Your sewer line may have collapsed if you are dealing with any of the following issues:

  • Frequent backups or clogs. While occasional clogs may not be linked to sewer line issues, experiencing frequent backups – especially in multiple fixtures – could suggest a severe problem in your sewer line. These recurring issues often signal a partial or complete collapse that is obstructing the wastewater flow.
  • Unpleasant smells. An unmistakable sign of a sewer line problem is foul odors emanating from drains inside your home or building or noticeable in your outdoor areas. This may be due to the accumulation of wastewater that cannot flow through the collapsed section of the pipe.
  • Gurgling noises from plumbing fixtures. If you hear unusual gurgling noises coming from your toilets, sinks, or showers, it may be because the normal flow of water has been compromised, forcing air bubbles to the surface. 
  • Wet patches in the yard. Unexplained wet, soggy, or unusually lush patches in your yard or outdoor spaces, especially if they have an odor, can point to a collapsed sewer line beneath the affected ground. In these scenarios, the wastewater seeps out of the broken pipe and saturates the soil above it.
  • Slow draining. Slow-draining sinks, tubs, or toilets can indicate a severe blockage caused by a collapsed sewer line, especially if multiple fixtures are experiencing issues simultaneously. 
  • Rat or pest infestation. Rats and other pests can thrive in sewer lines. The sudden appearance of these unwelcome guests around your home or building can indicate a break in your sewer pipes, which gives them access. 
  • Indentations in your lawn or under pavers. If you notice sudden indentations in your lawn or beneath paving stones on your property, it could be due to the earth settling into underground voids created when a sewer line collapses.

How Do I Know If My Sewer Line Needs to Be Replaced?

Determining whether your sewer line needs replacing rather than just repairs is crucial for maintaining the functionality and safety of your home or commercial building’s plumbing system. Our professionals at Snell Services can carefully evaluate the condition of your sewer line, walk you through our findings, and make an honest recommendation. Remember, older pipes are more prone to frequent and severe problems, so if your sewer line is nearing or has surpassed the end of its expected lifespan, we will likely recommend replacement.

The following factors can influence whether it makes sense to replace your sewer line:

  • Severity and frequency of blockages. Frequent or severe blockages that are becoming increasingly difficult to clear – even with professional drain cleaning – may suggest that your sewer line has sustained significant damage or degradation over time, making replacement more cost-effective than ongoing repairs.
  • Visible signs of damage. Signs such as indentations in your lawn, unexplained wet patches, or evidence of sewer pipe material in the soil (such as fragments of clay, cast iron, or PVC) can indicate a failed sewer line that needs replacement.
  • Extensive root intrusion. While minor root intrusions can usually be resolved with repairs, a sewer line that has been extensively compromised by tree roots may require replacement to ensure a long-term solution.
  • Constant sewer smell. A persistent sewer odor in your yard, home, or commercial building suggests a serious breach in the sewer line that repairs might not sufficiently address.
  • Structural damage to pipes. If an inspection reveals that the sewer pipes have significant structural damage, such as cracks, holes, or collapses, replacing the line might be more effective than attempting repairs.
  • Water quality concerns. Contaminated water or noticeable drops in water quality may be the result of a serious sewer line failure, necessitating a complete system replacement to protect your health and well-being.

Our Nebraska sewer line services include efficient and dependable replacements. Discuss your options today by calling (308) 337-6337 or contacting us online.

How Long Do Sewer Lines Typically Last in a Nebraska Home?

The lifespan of a Nebraska sewer line can vary significantly based on several factors, including the material of the pipe, the installation quality, soil conditions, and the level of maintenance it receives. In general, older sewer lines made of clay usually last between 50 and 60 years, while cast iron sewer lines can be expected to last up to 100 years. However, both these materials tend to be susceptible to corrosion and cracking over time, especially in harsh weather conditions like Nebraska's hot summers and cold winters.

PVC sewer lines, which have become the standard in more recent decades due to their durability and resistance to corrosion, have an expected lifespan of 100 years or more. PVC is less affected by fluctuations in temperature and is generally less susceptible to root intrusion, which can more easily compromise older materials.

The soil composition can also impact the longevity of sewer lines in Nebraska. Soils with high clay content, which are prevalent in certain parts of Nebraska, can shift more dramatically with moisture variations, potentially causing older, more brittle sewer lines to crack or collapse sooner than expected.

Preventive maintenance plays a crucial role in extending the lifespan of a sewer line regardless of its material. Our Nebraska sewer line services include regular inspections and cleanings that can help identify and mitigate potential issues before they lead to significant damage. 

Given these factors, you should closely monitor the condition of their sewer lines if your home is over 50 years old and still relies on original clay or cast-iron piping. If your sewer line is experiencing frequent issues or nearing the end of its expected service life, upgrading to PVC or other modern materials can provide practical benefits and peace of mind.

Do you need your sewer line replaced? Contact Snell Services today to work with our experts!