If you have a sewer on your property, there are thing you can do to ensure your sewer pipes run efficiently for you. This will help prevent problems from happening, which could result in a large repair bill, as well as a huge mess on your property. Below are two of these things to help you get started with this.
Have the Pipes Inspected
Contact a plumber or sewer contractor to have the pipes inspected. This is especially true if you live in an older home. The contractor will use a flexible, long rod with a camera attached to the end of it. They place the rod down into the sewer pipes and can investigate anything they want. The image of the camera displays on a monitor screen.
This will show them the conditions of the pipes, as well as if you need to have them cleaned. The contractor will also determine the material used for the pipes. For example, many older homes have pipes made of clay, cast iron, or plastic. If so, the contractor will suggest that the pipes be replaced with PVC (polyvinyl chloride), as it is commonly used for this purpose. This is because this material is inexpensive, has watertight joints, is durable, and is resistant to flames.
The cost of replacing sewer pipes can be expensive but in the long run it is very much worth the cost. The last thing you want to have is an old sewer line to burst or to have a lot of plumbing problems in your home due to leaks and cracks in the pipes.
Place a Liner in the Sewer Pipes
If the contractor finds damage but not enough to warrant replacing the sewer pipes, they may suggest a pipe lining to repair the pipes. This lining can protect the pipes from cracking and leaking, as well as deterioration. It can also protect the pipes from tree roots that may grow towards the sewer pipes.
A pipe liner is a flexible tube that is coated with epoxy. The tube is pulled or blown into the sewer pipes with special equipment. The epoxy used is safe for you and this protection will last a long time. When finished, the contractor will ask you to wait a certain amount of time before you start using water in your home because the epoxy needs time to harden. The contractor will tell you how long this is.
Contractors like Ultimate Excavation & Liners can go over all this information with you in much more detail to help you have a better understanding. They can also give you some tips on how to keep your sewer pipes maintained so they last a long time for you.