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Question DetailsAsked on 7/1/2014

My front lawn has Patch of dead grass (5 foot round) and sinking slightly

Seems to be directly on top of the sewer pipe tie in to the municipal. I can tell from the 4" pipe sticking up near my foundation and the other on the curb

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Take a metal rod or shovel and poke around - sounds to me like you are on top of a manhole cover and it has shallow topsoil so grass dries out and dies easily, or is being killed by the methane coming up out of the pit.

If sinking could be lining or cover (could be concrete) to the cleanout or maybe a backflow preventer, depending on your area, has started collapsing so your are losing dirt. You could call the sewer utility to look at it - but likely to get a LOT of lawn damage if they have to repair it.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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