When it comes to home maintenance, sewer lines are often an afterthought.
People neglect to look after their drains and pipes since most are beneath the house.
This can turn into a severe and expensive problem if a fix becomes necessary. The way to prevent this is to have a regular sewer inspection service.
Unless there is an inspection, you will not know the state of your sewage lines.
A lot of older homes have Orangeburg pipes that disintegrate over time because of their tar paper makeup.
Some others still have cesspools intact and connected to the sewer lines. These can remain as potential risks even after septic tank installations.
If a house is more than 20 years old, you should call for professionals to inspect the house’s sewer line.
It is common for dirt, debris, and tree roots to clog up these lines.
Grease, along with piled up waste, will cause backups and pipe damage. If severe damage occurs, then excavation will become necessary.
If problems are found, a new sewer line can be installed through a trenchless method.
With this method, the plumbers pull a new sewer line through the existing sewer.
This eliminates the need for excavating, thus costing a lot less than a full replacement.
A functional drainage system ensures that wastewater transitions to the sewage system without a hitch.
As a part of sewer line inspections, drains are checked to prevent corrosion and waste buildup.
An inspection provides many advantages, including:
While an inspection will help find any underlying problems within pipes, you can also do your part.
There are ways to prevent these problems from building up. Here are some helpful tips:
If you think there’s a clog, you can pour hot water and vinegar to soften the clog.
However, note that those two are only effective on soft organic matter, so if they don’t unclog your drainage, you can move on to using lye.
Lye or caustic soda is a common ingredient in drain cleaners, which can dissolve hair and soap scum and some tough organic materials.
Note that pure caustic soda can burn your skin, so be careful in using it. Also, if it doesn’t work, stop using it.
It is challenging to conduct a sewer line inspection without the right tools and knowledge. Drain snakes and cameras that plumbing companies use can cost thousands of dollars. Know that it’s us who should be investing in those specialized tools, so you don’t have to.
The amount you need to pay for professional services may hold you back: don’t. It’s costlier to ignore the problems in your sewer.
Also, you should never forget that once you detect a problem in your pipes, the damage will be already severe. Dealing it yourself will only raise the chances of the issue becoming worse.
Tom’s Plumbing and Drain Service, LLC can help with the clean-out and removal of unnecessary waste.
We check septic tanks, drainage, and other lines. You can have a full diagnosis of the home, discovering problems within before they go bad.
We’ve handled many plumbing concerns from the people of New Orleans.
Other services we provide include the repair and replacement of all plumbing-related equipment.