Clay-based terra cotta pipes serve specific purposes. The sections of pipe are shaped like a bell, and the narrower ends attach to a larger bell section, forming a sewer line. The joints are held and sealed by mortar.
As the structure ages and ground movement occurs, holes and cracks can appear, leading to the breaking of the clay pipes. This deterioration can cause a plumbing emergency and disable the sewer line.
Once foul sewer odour is discernible in the yard, bathroom sinks, or basement, it’s a clear sign of the clay pipe condition worsening. It’s also common to hear unusual gurgling sounds from the sewer line, raw sewage backup, and poor water flow.