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Sewer Repair

Houston Sewer Repair

Cost-Effective, No-Dig Sewer Repair Solutions 

Sewer lines connect to your home’s drains and help transport waste to the city sewer line and, eventually, wastewater treatment plants. Storm sewers also help drain water from storms away from your home to prevent issues from puddling. Because these applications are so essential, a broken sewer line can spell disaster for you and your family.

As soon as you suspect that there may be a problem with your sewer line, you must promptly contact our professional plumbing company so we can assess the situation and recommend the best course of action for repair. A broken sewer line can cause serious damage to your property and create an unhealthy environment. Not only could this lead to costly repairs, but also potentially dangerous health risks due to contamination of your soil and water supply.

We know sewer line breaks and other plumbing issues can happen at the most inconvenient times, which is why we are available 24/7 for emergency repairs. Call our Houston sewer line repair experts at (713) 360-2185 or contact us online today!

How Do I Know If My Houston Home’s Sewer Line Is Broken?

It can be difficult to tell if your sewer line is broken, as the signs may not always be immediately obvious. However, it is in your best interest to remain vigilant and keep an eye out for any red flags that may indicate a problem, as the sooner you have Santhoff Plumbing address your broken sewer line, the easier (and less expensive) the fix is likely to be. 

Do not wait to reach out to our Houston sewer repair professionals if you notice:

  • Multiple clogged or slow-moving drains
  • Drain backups
  • Unpleasant odors
  • Mold
  • Pests
  • Indents in your lawn
  • Puddles in your lawn

Dangers of Sewer Line Breaks

It is better to be safe than sorry if you think you may be dealing with a broken sewer line. Broken sewer lines can cause sewage backups, which can damage your house and put your family’s health at risk. Sewer gas poisoning can cause fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and even memory problems if you’re exposed to high levels of sewer gas. Sewer line breaks can even damage your house’s foundation, which can cost thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars to repair.

Why Do Sewer Lines Break?

Sewer lines can break for a variety of reasons. Our Houston sewer repair experts are familiar with how these problems develop and understand how to effectively combat each underlying cause.

Tree Roots

One of the most common causes is tree root infiltration. When tree roots make their way into a pipe, they can gradually weaken it until the pipe eventually cracks or breaks. This is because tree roots are incredibly strong and fibrous. As they grow, the root system expands in search of moisture and nutrition, and any pipes in its path become vulnerable to infiltration. The growth pressure from these roots can be great enough to crack pipes made from clay tiles or PVC plastic, which are common materials used for sewer lines. If left unchecked, tree roots can also completely block a pipe if they grow large enough to fill an entire pipe diameter. This blockage not only restricts the flow of sewage but also causes additional pressure on the material that makes up the pipes, increasing the chances of a breakage.


Corrosion of metals and non-metallic substances is another common cause of sewer line breaks. Metals are especially vulnerable to corrosion due to their exposure to oxygen, water, and other chemicals in the environment. As these materials break down over time, they can weaken the integrity of a pipe or connection until it eventually fails. Corrosion can also lead to leaks in a sewer line, which can cause further damage if nothing is done.

The most common type of corrosion is often referred to as pitting corrosion, which occurs when an electrolyte solution penetrates small pits in the material and causes them to slowly expand. The resulting expansion leads to thinning of the material and eventual failure if not addressed properly. Other forms of corrosion include uniform corrosion, galvanic corrosion, and crevice corrosion. Each type requires different strategies for prevention and repair. Copper pipes are particularly vulnerable since copper reacts with oxygen and water relatively easily compared to other materials used for plumbing lines such as PVC plastic or clay tiles. This means that copper pipes must be regularly inspected for signs of wear or damage from environmental factors such as temperature changes or chemical exposure that may accelerate the rate of corrosion.

Ground & Soil Changes

Shifting ground is a major cause of sewer line breaks, as it can create stress on pipes and connections that can lead to cracks or damage. As the ground changes due to earthquakes, landslides, or other natural phenomena, the pipes may become strained and eventually break. In some cases, this could be due to an improper installation where unsuitable materials were used or if sloppy workmanship compromised the initial setup. 

When soil changes in volume or structure due to environmental factors like drought or heavy rains, it can cause pipes to shift out of position. This results in uneven weight distribution along the length of the pipe, which can weaken its structure and create stress points that may result in breaks. 


Pipe blockages also frequently trigger sewer line breaks. Foreign objects like rocks, plastic items, and other debris can cause blockages after they make their way into your pipes. After becoming lodged, they can restrict the flow of sewage and create pressure on the piping material, which can eventually lead to a breakage. In some cases, blockages may also be linked to an accumulation of grease or other waste materials that build up gradually.

Furthermore, when large objects are forced through a pipe, they may cause fractures or cracks that weaken their structure and lead to further damage if left unrepaired. If the pipe is made from a brittle material like clay tiles or PVC plastic, any sudden impact from foreign objects could in some cases cause immediate breakages.

How Santhoff Plumbing Can Help With Your Sewer Line Repair Needs in Houston

At Santhoff Plumbing, our team of Houston sewer repair experts is prepared to implement affordable, no-dig solutions. With over 200 years of combined experience and hundreds of thousands of customers served, our Veteran-owned and family-operated plumbing company understands how to efficiently restore the functionality of sewer lines, no matter the scope or severity of the underlying issue. With our satisfaction guarantee and commitment to excellence, you can expect the best plumbing services in town from our dedicated team.

Whatever the issue, our skilled plumbers are here to provide you with the highest quality sewer repairs in Houston at affordable prices. We are available day or night to help when you need it most, so call (713) 360-2185 or contact us online today!

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Real Customer Testimonials

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  • Family-Owned & Operated Since 1974
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