It is important for both homeowners and prospective home buyers to get a sewer inspection in order to avoid having to go through a costly sewer line repair. The sewer is responsible for transporting water, cooking liquids, grease, soap, and detergents from the home. Over time, these items can cause the drain to slow and clog, costing thousands of dollars in repairs. A sewer inspection can save a homeowner from a costly sewer line repair and the time and inconvenience of having to get a sewer line fixed. Learn about the importance of sewer inspections before problems begin to keep the sewer working well.
Who Should Get Their Sewer Line Inspected?
Though all homes can benefit from an inspection, older homes that were built more than 20 years ago will especially benefit. Older sewer lines may have been made with Orangeburg pipes, which were made from tar paper. Over time, these pipes have been found to disintegrate and collapse. Additionally, homes with trees in their yard and homes that live in dry climates should be inspected. When trees and other plants don’t get the water they need, they may reach out and break into pipes in a home for their water supply. Roots in pipes can cause backups and breakage, making it necessary for an excavation and sewer line repair to occur.
How is the Inspection Performed?
A qualified plumber will use a snake that is attached to a small video camera to inspect the sewer lines, checking for blockages, debris, pipe problems and roots. The plumber will look at the pipes on a small monitor and recommend what repairs need to be made, if necessary. If no clogs or roots are found, the plumber will tell the homeowner about the condition of the sewer and what type of pipes were used during construction. Recommendations for future care can then be made based on the findings.
What Happens After the Inspection?
The plumber will make recommendations to keep the sewer line working well after the inspection. This may include:
- Hydro-jetting, which uses high-pressure water to remove clogs and debris.
- Relining of the sewer with a resin-soaked liner.
- Application of enzymatic cleaner to keep the sewer working well.
- Sewer line repair through excavation.
- Complete sewer replacement.
Getting a sewer inspection sooner rather than later can prevent a lot of problems in the future and save a homeowner thousands of dollars. For more questions or to schedule an appointment, call Sewerologist today so a thorough inspection can be made of a home’s sewer system.