How Underground Utilities Get Damaged

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At Federal EC, we provide underground construction services to various industries. We are experts in underground infrastructure projects, from underground drain rehabilitation to underground cable installation and underground directional boring. Luckily, we specialize in pipe rehabilitation in Atlanta, GA. However, you still might want to keep an eye out for the leading causes of underground utility damage.

Heavy Vehicular Traffic

This can cause underground pipe or cable damage, especially if the underground utility construction was not done deep enough. This type of damage is often due to improper construction or installation practices.

Tree Roots

Tree roots can easily penetrate underground utility lines and cause major water leakage. When tree roots encroach upon underground pipes, trenchless pipe lining can often be used to repair and renew the pipes without needing trench excavation. The new pipe-within-a-pipe provides a layer that can prevent the tree roots from getting into the pipes.

Soil Instability

Unstable soil surrounding underground utility lines can cause subsidence and ground movement, leading to potential breaches in the line. Regular inspections and property installation can help prevent this type of damage.


Underground utility lines are susceptible to corrosion due to contact with moisture, soil, and pollutants. Rust build-up can weaken the pipes, leading to eventual leakage or collapse if not addressed in time. Regular inspection and maintenance are essential for identifying potential problems before they become costly. Our storm drain rehabilitation team is standing by to address any storm drain corrosion issue you might come across.

External Factors

Exterior factors such as construction activities near an existing utility line, extreme weather conditions, or chemical spills can also cause damage to underground utilities. Federal EC is well-equipped with the necessary methods such as CIPP pipe lining to repair these systems quickly and efficiently.

The best way to protect your underground utility lines is to have them regularly inspected and maintained by professionals. Contact us today to learn more about our underground utility services.


When you need top-quality pipe inspection and repair services in the greater Atlanta area and Charlotte, North Carolina, don’t think twice about getting in touch with us here at Federal EC. Our pipe specialists would be more than happy to assist you with all of your project requirements. Contact our team today by calling us or filling out the online form. Federal EC serves Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC. We look forward to working with you.

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