Common Problems

Intrusive Roots

intrusive roots Roots make their way into sewer pipes looking for water and nutrients, they begin by working their way in between pipe joints until the roots are able to grow inside the pipe. As the roots continue to grow, the affected joint expands and can cause the pipe to separate at the joint. This creates two different problems. Root balls develop and can cause sewage to collect in the pipe. This can result in consistent and recurring backup. Secondly, over time raw sewage leaking from joint separations can cause the ground underneath to erode and shift. Shifting of ground can cause pipes to fracture, and joints to separate and offset. As pipes shift, they lose their required grade toward the city's main sewer line.

Pipe Separation

pipe seperation Pipe separation can be caused by poor pipe connections, shifts in the ground, and roots. It is also common to see pipe separation problems after extreme weather changes such as long droughts, heavy precipitation, or a succession of the two.

Fractured Pipe

fractured pipe Pipes can crack and form holes when the ground shifts and causes the pipe to move. It can also be caused by roots forcing their way into pipes to find water and nutrients.


You might be suprised at what has been found inside sewer pipes. It is not uncommon to find everything from Legos, to construction items such as screws, concrete, and even brick. Any items preventing sewer flow can cause sewage to collect and potentially result in a backup into your home.

Prices to repair or replace a residential sewer line range from $2,500 to $10,000.