Homeowners have so much to keep up with, they might overlook or forget about some issues that could cause extreme damage if not properly handled. One of these issues is proper sewer pipe maintenance. The type of damage that can occur can be detrimental to your entire property, not just in the sewer.
Angie Hicks of Angie’s List recommends getting your sewer pipes inspected if your home is more than 40 years old. Just to be safe, you might want to get them inspected even if your home is a little younger. Since professional sewer care can help preserve landscaping and and other outdoor features such as patios and decks, 73% of homeowners say that they would pay more for sewer and drain replacement. The good news is that once you get your pipes replaced, you should be in the clear for a long time. The pipe bursting and lining are very durable and many come with warranties up to 50 years.
The original placement of the pipes have a lot to do with the maintenance as well. Homeowners should be careful not to plant any trees that could potentially damage the sewer’s structure. Trees should be no fewer than ten feet from sewer lines because their roots can grow up to three times the width of the tree itself. This presents obvious problems for root intrusion so it should be handled properly.
The cleaning of sewer pipes needs to be handled carefully but with extreme pressure. Sewer lines are typically larger than six inches in diameter, so it takes a lot of heavy buildup to clog them. Hydro jetting plumbing is a very successful method of drain cleaning. When they are clogged, water blasters that range from 7,000 PSI to 60,000 PSI can be used to effectively to clean the pipes.
Drain inspections and repairs are just as important as any landscaping or homeowner need. They need to be handed by experienced professionals, with care and all of the necessary equipment. Because of the benefits of sewer maintenance, if you keep up with proper maintenance, your property will be looking better than ever.