Millions of gallons of raw sewage runs off each day into the Potrero Creek, in Nogales Arizona, after a cross-border pipeline ruptured. Officials say the manhole structure collapsed after a powerful rainstorm. City Manager Carlos Rivera stated there was no easy fix, “To actually get in there and do anything is beyond the city’s capabilities. There needs to be dewatering, pump-around, engineering – we’re looking at a significant expense that is beyond the city.”

Prior to the break, city officials apparently sent a notice of to the International Boundary and Water Commission about detected erosion and an exposed area on the sewer line. The city neglected to repair the exposed area and are now left with the troubling mess of sewage spillover.

The sewage runoff is not only unsightly, but could carry potential health problems. Polluted waters may contain several disease-causing organisms such as gastroenteritis, hepatitis, respiratory illness, and ear, nose, and throat problems. Gastroenteritis is another way of putting the “stomach flu” or symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, stomach ache, nausea, headache and fever. All of these possible threats could have been prevented with proper plumbing precautions.

While officials were able to detect exposure in Nogale, Arizona’s pipes, many homeowners don’t have the same luxury. If you have aging or improperly installed pipes, you could run the same risk of having a pipe burst. Fortunately, there are warning signs that a pipe is in need of repair.

Warning Signs of Pipe Problems

  • Foul odors: If you notice a fungus-y smell permeating your home, your pipes may have pockets of moisture built up as a result of a cracked pipe.
  • Lower water pressure: Is your shower taking longer than normal? This could be a sign that your pipes have expanded, cracked or burst.
  • Constant Clogging: If you find yourself constantly unclogging the same pesky drain or toilet, it is possible there is a break in your sewer line.
  • Wet spots in your house: Notice any unusual damp areas around your home? More often than not that is a result of sewer pipe cracks and leaks.
  • Whistling noises: Wondering what that strange whistling noise is? No, you’re not going deaf, it is a dent in your pipe. If your pipe is dented it can create a segment of a pipe that is too small to let all the water pass, and will emit a whistling sound. If gone undetected, the water pressure will increase and cause the pipe to burst.

What To Do About Pipe Damage

If you notice any of the above signs, you most likely have a pipe problem. Of course, the only way to be sure is to get a proper pipe inspection from a trusted Scottsdale plumbing company.

At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Phoenix Arizona we over sewer video inspections to diagnose the exact cause of your problem, and prescribe a solution. Our sophisticated, waterproof plumbing video camera allows us to save you time, money and mess. If you detect any problems, or have aging pipes, contact us today for a free job estimate.

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