Does anyone know how I might be able to recognize a damaged sewer pipe on my property?
asked 10 January 2017 asked by Photogrammetrist (420 points)
Can you see it? Usually pipes are installed few feet from the surface. If yes, can you see a leak? Is there some bad odor?
Many sewer pipes are made from cast iron, so they have a lifespan of maybe 30-40 years at best. Once they reach that threshold, it is possible that they could fail at any time. Tree roots, cracks, and other issues can further that damage pretty quickly. The main thing to look at is sewage backups. This indicates a blockage. If you see it every time you open a drain or flush the toilet, then there’s a problem. Damaged sewer pipes also tend to smell pretty foul. You’ll have the odor in your home or business. I’d also look for patches of your lawn that look better than other spots. Sewage leaks often act like a fertilizer, so the places where a leak would be will appear thicker, greener, or both.
If there is no visible sluff, but you are sure of a leak, an Electro Magnetic survey will find it for you based on the changes in salinity. I am sure it will be easier to find than that Best of luck