Fixing a cracked sewer line clean out that was damaged as a result of Hurricane Michael

  • Exploring the sewer leak
  • Digging around and underneath the pipe
  • The exposed pipe
  • The exposed pipe
  • Damaged cleanout pipe

This weekend I completed the repair of the damaged sewer line in the front yard. Hurricane Michael hit Albany, Ga on October 10, 2018. Our once wooded lot had 35 fewer trees on it as a result of storm damage. After the trees were piled up on the curb for FEMA to haul away we had all of the stumps ground down. Now we were left with a font and back yard full of mulch and bare dirt, so we planted winter rye grass to hold the soil until spring.

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The damaged sewer line was not discovered until April 2019 after sowing the permanent lawn seed on the cultivated yard. You can read about the New Lawn Install that we completed in April. There was a pool of water that would not dry up in the front yard. Upon further investigation, I discovered that it was sewage from the house. The sewer line cleanout had been damaged by fallen trees and tractors that were hauling logs out of the yard last year. The winter rye grass was pretty thick in this part of the yard, and the sewer leak was the cause of the extra tall grass.

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Over the next few weeks, I dug a hole to repair the broken pipe. I had to get creative while I worked around a flowing sewer line. I purchased a small pump from Lowe’s and used it to pump the sewage out of the hole through a water hose and into the other sewer cleanout closer to the street. This allowed me to get enough dirt away from the broken clean out connection so that I could repair it.

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I am pleased to be able to finally look at the front yard and not see a pile of dirt by the hole with the sewer line sticking out of it. I am glad that the plumber that came out to clean out and inspect the rest of the sewer line gave my work a thumbs up. I felt confident while I was burying the repaired fitting that it would not leak.