Municipal sewer systems and on-site septic systems both provide ways of safely disposing of sewer water and sewage sludge. These materials can be harmful to the environment and to human health if they enter local aquifers and bodies of water, so it’s important to keep sewer water contained. Leaking sewer lines and faulty septic tanks allow wastewater to leak out into the soil and groundwater, carrying bacteria and harmful substances with it. Professional sewer line repair in NJ or septic tank repair from a certified NJ sewer service contractor is essential to prevent faulty sewer and septic systems from causing damage.
At A1 Sewer & Drain Services, we’re experienced local plumbers who specialize in drainage, septic system, and sewer pipe repair service in north New Jersey. For same-day septic tank or sewer leak repair in NJ, including 24 hour emergency repair service, call us today at 201-645-0888.
The Dangers of Sewer Water in NJ
Wastewater from domestic and commercial plumbing systems contains sewage, defined as water-carried waste in a solution or suspension. Sewer water is carried through municipal sewer main lines to a wastewater treatment plant, or alternatively, it’s handled onsite via a septic system.
Untreated sewage can harm both human health and ecological systems. It contains a variety of contaminants and pathogens from human waste and from cleaning products, industrial runoff, and other materials that may be contained in wastewater. This can include:
- Pathogenic fecal coliform bacteria
- Traces of pharmaceuticals
- Household chemicals
If drinking water sources are contaminated with bacteria from sewage, it poses a major health risk. Many serious illnesses like dysentery, cholera, typhoid fever, and legionnaire’s disease are spread by contaminated water. Sewage is also dangerous for ecosystems. Excess phosphates in sewer water act as a nutrient for plants and algae, encouraging their growth. Algal overgrowth in aquatic environments depletes oxygen in the water, killing fish and other organisms and reducing biodiversity.
Sewer Pipe Leak Repair in NJ
Faulty sewer lines can allow wastewater to seep out into the soil and groundwater, or to enter surface water and runoff into nearby bodies of water. Sewer pipes can leak due to several causes:
- Tree root damage
- Corrosion in metal pipes
- Faulty pipe joints
- Sewer line collapse due to unstable soil
Professional sewer leak repairs from certified local contractors can help prevent accidental contamination with sewage. Some of the common signs of a damaged sewer line, which could very well be leaking underground, include:
- Frequent, persistent clogs in household plumbing. A clogged or damaged sewer line– often due to invasive tree roots– can cause all of your drains to act clogged. Cleaning the individual drains with drain cleaner or enzymes won’t solve the problem.
- Areas of soggy soil. If your sewer line is leaking, there may be noticeable moisture in the soil areas above the pipe.
- Sinking sewer cleanout. A severe leak from your sewer main line can cause your sewer cleanout, located near your foundation, to sink downward into the saturated ground.
Septic System Repair in NJ
Like sewer lines, septic tanks and septic tank pipes can also leak, allowing biohazardous wastewater to escape. Septic tanks are made from cement, and eventually, bacteria hydrogen sulfide corrosion will wear them away and cause them to leak. At that point, you’ll need septic tank replacement. The pipes that carry wastewater to the septic system can also corrode or break.
Timely septic tank repair can help prevent sludge and wastewater from seeping out into the soil. In the past, cases of coastal pollution have been traced to nearby septic systems. Keeping septic systems well maintained is crucial to prevent water contamination. If you have an older septic system, you may also want to consider converting the septic system to a sewer main line connection. Doing so can increase your home’s value and marketability if you decide to sell, as well as being more convenient than having an onsite septic tank.
Septic & Sewer Repair Contractors in NJ
Need sewer repair or septic tank repair? At A1 Sewer & Drain Services, we’re always available for fast, reliable service from certified, experienced local plumbers. To find out more about sewer repair and replacement, or for service today, call us at 201-645-0888.