When you buy a new home, it’s standard to get a house inspection. Who wouldn’t want to know as much as possible about something you are about to spend thousands of dollars on? And, if you buy a home with a septic system, it is also fairly standard practice to have that system inspected by some professional. But what if your house is hooked up to the municipal sewer system? Do you simply trust that the pipelines are all in good working order?
Reasons Why You Should Schedule a Pipe Inspection Today
💸 Repairs are Expensive
Inspections are relatively inexpensive & can be done quickly. On the other side, sewer line or pipelines replacements can be pretty expensive & are often not covered by your insurance due to it is the result of natural wear & tear. In addition to monetary prices, sewer backups can be messy & dangerous – causing flooding and leaking toxic sewer gas. Often, a home inspection can detect an issue before it causes irreparable damage. When small leaks & clogs go unfixed, replacement is often eventually needed.
🌲 Roots Love Sewer Lines
Tree roots are constantly seeking a good source of water & essential nutrients, so it is not surprising that they are attracted to pipelines. Roots sneak into tiny openings & then expand over time, blocking flow and ultimately causing severe damage. If left unattended, pipes can be damaged and require excavation to repair. If you have trees or large shrubs anywhere near your sewer line, you should have regular inspections.
⚒ Natural Wear and Tear Happens
Even new sewer systems can spring leaks and get blocked from time-to-time, but older systems have a much higher risk. Older homes may have been constructed prior to modern city sewer systems, relying on cesspools, clay, or tar paper. These old systems erode & collapse over time. If you’re not sure of the type of sewer system your home has and the state it’s in, it’s a good idea to have an inspection.
🥸 Things that indicate a need for water pipe replacement 🥸
- Water backup
- Low water pressure
- Brown or yellow water in the bathtub
- Water tastes bad
- Exposed pipes have flaking, dimpling or pimples
- Discoloration or stains
New methods of sewer line repairs make it possible to repair or replace pipelines without damaging patios, driveways, or other construction on the property. It is known as trench less sewer line repair. The first thing a plumber will do is put a camera down the line to see what is causing the good amount of damage.
This may be root damage, rust erosion or other issues that have caused the pipe to quit providing appropriate drainage. Once the damage is determined, repair can be made without disturbing the above area. One of the most famous is the CIPP (cured in place) method. This is done with the help of air to push a seamless epoxy pipe lining in the old sewer line. Once in place, warm air will be used to seal the lining into place.
Another trench less pipeline replacement is done by digging a hole at each end of the pipeline. Specialized equipment is used to drag a new pipe through the old one. This method is known as pipe bursting.
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