04 May Rhino Rooter repairs cracked sewer stack which caused leak.
Condo building in Hollywood FL, 33021.
Broken sewer stack pipe in wall and ceiling causing smells and a leak.
Rhino Rooter received a call to a condo building where there was a bad sewer smell emitting from a few units. There was also evidence of water staining on a bathroom ceiling of a vacant unit. When the plumbers were onsite to investigate the unpleasant aroma, they went from unit to unit to insure that nothing was being over looked and that is when the water staining was found. The ceiling was full of moisture and appeared to have been leaking for sometime. A hole was cut in the ceiling and wall to find a broken sewer stack that was cracked between floors.
The plumbers had to remove some fixtures to access the sewer stack via the wall. Every time a sink or shower was being used from the floors above, sewer water would leak from the cracked stack into the wall and onto the ceiling. The section of damaged pipe was cast iron which had become brittle and split on the vertical section which is common as the cast iron pipe life expectancy is only about 40-45 years before problems will occur. Acid based drain opening chemicals sold in home improvement stores will shorten the life of cast iron and may even cause premature rotting of the metal pipe. The cast iron cracked stack was cut out and removed. A new section of cast iron was installed to meet the Florida Plumbing Code. The new cast iron pipe was able to be connected to the existing section and fixtures. The system was tested and all leaks and odors where gone. If you are showing signs of moisture on walls, ceiling, or cabinets you may have a leak, which if not treated and repaired quickly may develop mold which is very dangerous to your health and maybe come very costly to remove. If your suspicious of a broken pipe don’t delay call Rhino Rooter today at (954) 651-3229 in Broward County or (561) 717-8523 in Palm Beach County.