You probably never think about your sewer system, until something goes wrong. But the time to find out if a sewer is faulty or needs repair is before a leak or backup occurs, not after.
In fact, regular sewer inspections are vital for any house over 20 years old. Older homes are usually built on aging clay pipes that are more vulnerable to root intrusion, but even newer homes may be connected to an older sewer line. Most sewer lines last for 40 years, but not all. Inspections make sure that pipes are clear of blockages and functioning properly for years to come.
Here are three reasons to consider a sewer inspection today:
- Repairs are Expensive
Inspections are relatively inexpensive and can be done quickly. On the other hand, sewer line replacements can be very expensive and are often not covered by insurance as it is attributed to natural wear and tear. Sewer backups can also be messy and dangerous – causing flooding and leaking toxic sewer gas. An inspection can detect a problem before it causes irreparable damage.
- Roots Love Sewer Lines
Tree roots are constantly seeking a good source of water and nutrients, so they are drawn to sewer lines. Roots sneak into tiny openings and expand over time, blocking flow and causing damage, eventually requiring excavation to repair. If you have trees or large shrubs anywhere near your sewer line, regular inspections are a must.
- Natural Wear and Tear
Older sewer systems are at high risk for problems, but even new systems can spring leaks and get blocked occasionally. Older homes may have been constructed prior to modern city sewer systems, relying on cesspools, clay, or tar paper, which can erode, belly and collapse over time. If you’re not sure of your type of sewer system or the state it’s in, it’s time for an inspection.
Typically when a house changes hands the sewer is inspected. If not or if that was a long time ago, it’s a good idea to schedule a professional to inspect your sewer system. If nothing else you gain a baseline of system health and can plan appropriately for future repairs. You may uncover something that requires repairs but you’ll prevent a larger, more expensive issue.
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