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How to Handle a Broken Sewer Pipe


For many commercial property business owners, broken sewer pipes are one of the most stressful problems they will encounter. These breaks, often difficult to detect and even harder to prevent can be tended to much easier when you know that right techniques and repair options available. By following our sewer pipe rehabilitation tips, you can save yourself from costly labor and inefficiency of traditional pipe repairs.



Know the Warning Signs :


Before you can effectively deal with a broken sewer pipe, you'll need to know how to identify one. There are several revealing and obvious signs to look out for; by catching these signs early you can prevent water damage and further pipe corrosion from developing. These signs include but are not limited to :

  • Frequent water backups or significant clogging.

  • Strange water noises from fixtures or within walls.

  • Foul or musky odors.

  • Decreased water flow and pressure.

  • Sludge or debris from sinks, toilets, or other fixtures.

  • Rodent problem or insect infestation.


If you detect any of these warning signs from your property's sewer pipes, you'll want to contact a plumbing professional for a more exact analysis of the damage. The sooner you call for help, the better. Broken sewer pipe damages can develop over time into much more severe problems if left untreated.



Common Causes of Sewer Line Damage :


Now that you know what to look for, what causes a sewer line to break in the first place? In general, any type of pipe--regardless of the materials it's made of-- can break due to extreme inner (water) and outer (ground) pressure. These are the most common causes technicians are called out to fix:

  • Poor maintenance

  • Buildup of hair, debris, grease, sludge, oil, toilet paper, etc.

  • Tree roots infiltrating sewer pipe holes/joints

  • Nearby earth movement, heavy construction nearby, etc.

  • Wear and tear from aging

  • Poor sewer pipe layout, design, and/or installation

  • Backup from a city's sewer line



Have a Professional Inspect Your Pipes :


Contacting a professional service to inspect your sewer pipe damage can inform you not only of where the damage lies, but also its full extent and cause. A wide range of factors can contribute to a sewer line break and knowing the potential causes can help prepare for and prevent future breaks. While it may be difficult for you to detect these causes, a professional evaluation can reveal all contributing factors your pipe break, the causes of which were previously mentioned.


Professional inspectors take the signs and indicators of your property's broken sewer pipes and use them, along with their technical expertise, to create a fuller picture of your sewer pipe damage. Sewer pipe repair specialists diagnose broken sewer lines most accurately with video pipe inspection technology, specifically a video camera, not unlike those used by doctors or surgeons.




Consider Trenchless Pipe Repair : CIPP Lining :


After a professional inspection of the building's broken sewer pipes, you can begin to consider repair options for your sewer pipe. At this stage you're likely dreading what will come next : excessive and expensive digging, tedious sewer replacement, possible damage to your property, and the possibility of shutting down your business until the project is complete. Fortunately for you, innovations in technology have provided commercial property and business owners with an inexpensive and efficient alternative : trenchless pipe repair.


Trenchless pipe repair is most commonly used to repair broken or cracked sewer pipes, where damage can be controlled and practically fixed. There are various trenchless pipe repair options to choose from but the one most commonly used and the one we here at Cloud 9 Services, Inc. specialize in is cured in place pipe lining, otherwise known as CIPP lining. Trenchless pipe repair specialists apply an epoxy felt liner to the inner walls of the damaged pipe and cure the liner in place using air pressure (this results in what we call a new "pipe within a pipe"). This method allows the existing structure of the pipe to remain in place while the inside is fixed, which restores the functionality of the pipe without having to replace the whole pipe.


CIPP lining boasts a life expectancy of at least 100 years and the process can be completed within a day. This unmatched efficiency eliminates excessive labor and save commercial property and business owners time and money.



Maintain Your Sewer Line :


You can avoid the troubles of a broken sewer pipe in the future by taking simple proactive maintenance measures, such as annual professional inspections and cleanings, as well as monthly self-inspections. Once a month check your pipes for poor performance, adverse effects such as smells or water color, or any of the other warning signs previously mentioned. If you notice any of the warning signs be sure to contact a professional as quickly as possible. Early detection can save you from unnecessary stress and save you money as well later on.


If you are in need of broken sewer pipe repair options contact the professionals at Cloud 9 Services, Inc. today, 407-481-2750. Our expert pipe repair specialists will be able to answer all your questions and schedule any services you may require. We know that sewer problems can arise at any time, that's why we're available 24/7 nights and weekends for your convenience.



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