How to check your sewer line after an earthquake

What to do after an Earthquake?

Check for problems now, to prevent a sewer line issue from becoming a smelly backup event inside your home

Old clay sewer pipe lines can fracture from ground movement; if you have an older home, it’s likely that you have clay pipes. Iron pipe joints can become offset after a minor quake. If you know you have a newer HDPE plastic sewer pipe, then it’s unlikely your sewer line has been damaged.

What should you do, if you suspect you have earthquake damage to your sewer line? Call Pipe Spy for a CCTV pipe inspection. Our technician will inspect your sewer pipe from the city main to the entry to your house, inform you if we see any damage and provide you with a competent assessment for any necessary repairs.

If you have sudden low water pressure or air in your water flow inside your house after an earthquake, Pipe Spy can refer you to a local qualified plumber who can repair potential earthquake damage to your internal plumbing.

Everyone should check for these symptoms of trouble after an earthquake:

  • Your toilet is gurgling, bubbles float to the surface, you have a weak flush or the water level is low after flushing.
  • You or your neighbors observe a sink hole in your lawn, or find wet areas that shouldn’t be there.
  • You or your neighbors notice rodent droppings or see rodents – rats and other rodents tunnel in to feed and breed in broken sewer pipes.
  • You or your neighbors smell that unmistakable smell, inside your home or outside.
  • Your sump pump is running more often.
  • You have sewage backup into a floor drain, shower or tub.