Prevention is key! At Gateway Home Inspection Services, many issues can be avoided with proper maintenance and regular sewer inspections.
The sewer line in your home is a critical component of your plumbing system. However, it is often one of the most neglected parts. The average homeowner lets the years pass without worrying about the sewer pipes until something goes wrong. When something goes wrong, it usually starts with the toilet overflowing or the water not draining from your home properly.
Sewer problems are smelly, messy, and can potentially be dangerous for your health as sewage is full of bacteria and other contaminants. At Gateway Home Inspection Services, many of these issues could have been avoided with proper maintenance and regular sewer inspections.
Potential Sewer Issues
Every sewer line is composed of a complex series of pipes that don’t last forever. As these pipes age, cracks and holes can start to appear as they become brittle and fragile. Cast iron pipes are prone to corrosion which eats away at the lining of the pipe walls.
Root systems can be a big problem for any sewer line. As tree roots grow, they can push their way into sewer lines looking for water. Roots only continue to grow and expand, causing stress on the pipes. With older pipes, roots can make them crack or burst.
Clogs are another reason why regular sewer pipe inspections are important. Hair, soap, and other residues from the shower and grease and food particles that go through the kitchen sink can stick to the sides of the sewer pipes. Over time, these things can accumulate until the pipe is clogged.
How Often Should You Have Your Sewer Inspected?
Certainly, as soon as you notice a problem, it’s time to call a professional technician so they can pinpoint the exact issue. Inspections are done by sending a small camera into the pipes and watching a live video feed that reveals the condition of the pipes, including any cracks, roots, holes, or clogs.
If the sewer lines seem to work fine, a yearly sewer inspection is optimal. Just remember, prevention is key! If you have the pipes inspected regularly, we will detect any potential issues or catch them before they turn into larger issues that could damage the pipes are interrupt your water service.
At Gateway Home Inspection Services, our technicians have the experience and training required to inspect any sewer line. With 2 Locations serving New Jersey, Pennsylvania & St. Louis, MO, call now to schedule your sewer inspection.