Pooling water in your yard is not a good sign. It can cause various issues, from flooding your home to attracting bugs and rodents. Standing water can ruin your landscaping, drown your plants, allow mosquitoes to breed, and let bacteria and parasites thrive. It can also lead to structural damage to your home’s foundation. While the presence of water can indicate poor drainage, it can also mean you have a sewer line problem. 

Addressing the problem promptly can resolve the cause of pooling water in your yard and prevent further damage. Some solutions are as simple as trenchless sewer repair.

Signs of Pooling Water

Standing water is one of the most common signs of a problem. If it appears when it hasn’t rained, you’ll likely have a leaking or ruptured sewer line. But water may pool even if you don’t see a giant puddle. Since it’s important to address a sewer line problem early, you also want to be proactive in addressing signs such as:

  • Soggy Soil: The soil in one area is soggy, while other areas are completely dry.
  • Compacted Soil: This can mean water is present below or a pipe underneath has collapsed
  • Soil Erosion: The soil in parts of your yard has eroded or washed away.
  • Foul Odors: Stagnant water or wastewater from a damaged sewer line can release all kinds of bad odors.
  • Cracked Foundation: Foundation damage can occur if the broken pipe is below it or water is causing the soil under your home to settle.

Causes of Pooling Water in the Yard

A damaged sewer line is a common cause of water pooling in a yard. If a sewer line is broken, waste and harmful gases can escape, causing problems throughout your plumbing system. A leak in the main water pipe can also release water into the yard. Therefore, it’s essential to call a plumber to determine the root cause of the problem, as it will only lead to more serious trouble if unresolved.

Other potential causes of pooling water include drainage issues, such as clogged gutters or improper ground sloping. The soil should slope away from your home. If not, water can pool around it and get in through tiny cracks. Soil compaction and a buildup of plant matter in isolated locations can also cause water to pool up.

No matter the cause of pooling water, timely action is required to avoid plumbing issues, basement flooding, and foundation damage. If the underlying problem is sewer line damage, modern, more efficient methods such as trenchless sewer repair are available. 

Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repair

Trenchless sewer repair is a process in which underground pipes are fixed or replaced without excavation. It is accomplished using one or two access points. This means if your damaged sewer line is under landscaping, a driveway, or a structural wall, no digging or demolition will be required and you can avoid costly repairs. Trenchless methods not only require less work and save money but also minimize disruption and save a great deal of time.

How Trenchless Sewer Repair Works

When performing trenchless sewer repair to address water pooling in the yard, a plumbing professional will use the following process:

  • Initial Inspection: Running a plumbing camera through the line allows the technician to perform a visual inspection. This helps them assess the damage and determine if trenchless repair is an option.
  • Clean the Sewer Line: The plumber will clean the sewer line to ensure no obstructions or buildup will interfere with the trenchless repair process.
  • Dig Access Holes: The crew digs a hole on each end of the damaged section of the sewer line. Specialized machinery is inserted into these holes to repair the damaged segment.

The repair crew then proceeds with trenchless sewer repair. One method uses a cured-in-place pipe lining, which is coated in epoxy and inserted into the old line. Once inflated, the liner is left in place until the epoxy cures and forms a new pipe wall. During pipe bursting, a bursting head breaks up the old pipeline while a flexible, high-density polyethylene pipe is put in its place.

Finally, the repaired sewer line is inspected to ensure the job is successful. The repaired pipe can last up to 100 years, so you won’t have to worry about more leaks in that location.

How to Choose the Right Plumbing Repair Professional

Not all plumbers are experienced with trenchless sewer repair. Therefore, it’s important to be diligent when searching for a contractor to fix your sewer line. To ensure you find the right professional:

  • Check that they’re properly licensed and certified.
  • Ask if they’re experienced in sewer line repair.
  • Inquire about the repair methods they use.
  • Be present when a camera inspection is performed.
  • Obtain a copy of the recorded video inspection.
  • Get a complete estimate and verify there are no hidden costs.

Customer reviews are also helpful in finding the right plumber. Search the internet for reviews of plumbing contractors that provide trenchless sewer repair. Note what past customers say about communication, honesty, and quality of work. You can also ask family members, friends, and neighbors if they’d recommend a service provider they’ve used.

Should I Call a Sewer Line Plumber?

Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether it’s time to call a plumber to inspect your sewer line and determine if trenchless sewer repair is an option:

  • Is the pooling water accompanied by foul odors?
  • Have I observed any unusual sounds like gurgling or bubbling?
  • Are there visible signs of sinkholes or depressions in the yard?
  • Do I notice a decrease in water pressure inside the house?
  • Have I experienced sewer backups or slow drainage recently?

Is Water Pooling In Your Yard? Call Express Plumbing Heating & Air

Traditional methods of sewer repair are costly, disruptive, and time-consuming. Our licensed and certified plumbers specialize in trenchless sewer repair. If you have water pooling in the yard, let us determine the source using camera inspections and leak detection. We then proceed with repair options that require no digging or excavation, whenever possible, so your sewer line is fully restored. To schedule your trenchless sewer repair consultation in Boise or surrounding areas, call (208) 225-8860.

Brad Jordan

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