Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:58


Ever had floor tiles that come loose or lift suddenly for no reason?  Dont wait until this issue becomes serious and your water bill increases rapidly.

Cracked sewer pipes can cause all sorts of issues both inside and out.  Sometimes the only sign might be a slow drain flow or pavers lift up, however we all know the one where the toilet is blocked or an unpleasant sewer gas odour is wafting throughout the house.

So, what causes broken cracked or collapsed pipes? And how can you know the exact cause of the problem you are experiencing with your plumbing? Essentially, the following factors will cause issues in your sewer line:

1. Aging – In most cases, sewer lines are designed to last for a couple of decades – typically between 40 to 60 years. Therefore, if you have older pipes, then there will be a high likelihood that they will crack, collapse, get broken, or separate on account of the many years they have been used.

2. Roots – If you have trees in your yard, the roots might go deep and invade your plumbing pipes. This is one of the most common causes of cracked, broken and collapsed pipes especially in the suburbs where homes typically have large yards with trees.

3. Poor Maintenance – Like with other aspects in your home, it is important that you get routine maintenance and management work done on your plumbing. This way, you will spot any problems and get them fixed before they become worse. If your sewer line, however, has not been maintained properly for a number of years, then it is likely that a small problem might cause cracks in your pipes. It might also break the pipes or collapse them.

4. Human Factors – Sometimes, when utility companies perform work close to your home, their digging and moving of the earth might cause additional stress to your pipes and sewer system. This might cause breakage, cracking and collapsing of the pipes.

5. Environmental Factors – In other instances, a number of environmental factors might cause the earth around your home to shift. This will put stress on your sewer lines, and cause your pipes to eventually collapse, break or crack.

Clearing the Sewer Drain Pipe

Sometimes, all that is required is a plumbers snake to unclog debris that got stuck - always great if pipe is not cracked and just blocked.  Such joy flushing that toilet again.

Finding Where the Sewer Line Broke

If the drain pipe is cracked, we will use our cameras to locate the cracked sewer pipe. If the sewer line broke at some point just outside your property, we can contact the city planners office and access the sewage pipe plans.

Repair or Replace the Cracked Sewer Pipe?

Depending on what material has been used ( eg pvc, metal or concrete) we will come up with a solution to meet your needs. 

Why choose Blue Water Plumbers?

Blue Water Plumbers are qualified and fully accredited professional plumbers. It’s important to us that our customers can rely on our professionalism.

If you'd like to book an appointment, get a quote, or just ask a question please call us on 1300 155 511 or fill in our online form.