When Sewer Lines Need Work

Home drainage problems are a nuisance to deal with and require a professional if you can’t clear the blockage with a plunger or small drain snake. If you have a clogged drain call us for assistance.

How Can You Tell if You Have a Sewer Problem?

Slow drainage from any point in the building is a clue that your drains have something narrowing the passageway to the sewer or blocking it. Gurgling noises from your toilet are usually the first sign, indicating slow drainage that will lead to a backup or raw sewage on the floor.

If you suspect your exterior drains have a root problem, call us right away. We can confirm whether or not roots have invaded and recommend what to do. If the problem isn’t serious we may be able to clear away the roots using a root saw or auger or even high-pressure flushing. More serious damage may be fixed by root extraction followed by applying an epoxy lining.

 

Prevention is the Best Medicine

Keeping trees a good distance from your home and having an annual plumbing check-up will prevent most problems. If your sewer mains haven’t been inspected recently, call us to schedule an inspection as soon as possible.

Homeowners are responsible for maintaining the buried pipes outside the house that connect to the municipal sewer system. These drains are out of sight and out of mind for most homeowners. You should be aware that maintaining, repairing and replacing them is your responsibility. Unfortunately, problems with these external drain pipes tend to be ignored until too late.

Sewer Mains

Your building’s sewer main moves waste away from the house to the municipality sewer system. Your sewer main consists of buried drainage pipes that are subject to corrosion and damage from things like tree roots. It is unlikely you would notice a problem with your these pipes until they are broken or clogged, at which point they need to be flushed, repaired or replaced.

Damage Caused by Roots

Trees add beauty and provide us with shade, but their roots can severely damage exterior drains. In their search for nutrients, tree roots are drawn to the water, waste and oxygen that sewer drains carry. Damage to drains from tree roots can be expensive to fix and are responsible for a sewer backup.

Backflow Prevention Device Testing

A backflow prevention device protects potable water supplies from contamination due to backflow. The water coming into your home or business is under pressure so it can flow freely. When that pressure fails, due to a water main burst or high demand on the water system, contaminated water from the ground or other sources could end up mixed into your clean water supply.

Commercial Backflow Testing

Backflow prevention devices are normally found only in commercial and multi-unit residential buildings. Most municipalities require annual testing of these devices by a certified specialist. Call us to set up an appointment if you need this service done.

If you have no idea the last time your water pressure was checked we will be happy to do that for you and give you a report on the health of your overall plumbing system.

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