Let’s Talk About Your Sewage – When to Schedule a Sewer Line Inspection

March 22, 2017 7:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Sometimes, you need to get down and dirty and address the foul-smelling elephant in the room. It’s a conversation that we’d all rather avoid, but it has to be had eventually. You’ll thank us later.

So, let’s cut to the chase and talk about the sewer, and more specifically, the pipes that connect your home to it. Your toilets and drains are hooked up to the city’s sewage system via these ducts, funneling what you’ve flushed away to an underground conveyor for treatment and disposal. Out of sight and out of mind — just the way that we all prefer it.

Unless something goes wrong. And, like taxes or the likelihood of it raining on the one day that you forgot your umbrella, it will happen eventually. Perhaps today is going okay, and tomorrow is looking just fine. No matter. Sooner or later, there’s going to be a mess, and the cleanup is not something that you’re going to want to deal with.

The solution? A bit of both preventative and responsive maintenance, of course: inspections to catch and address potential problems early, and a good plumber for repairs when the unexpected happens, anyway.

Because there are always accidents. Grease, sediment and foreign objects like tree roots can get caught up in your lines or those nearby even without any action on your part, blocking flow and potentially causing damage to seals and structural integrity. And even with active upkeep to prevent these complications, natural corrosion is simply going to catch up with your system. Over time, pipes erode from constant use, shifting soil, settling, and temperature changes, developing cracks and leaks or sinking to create troughs that slow movement.

Whatever the cause may be, punctured, warped, and burst pipes are serious matters that can back up your plumbing and prevent proper disposal. And if you wanted what went down the drain to stay at home, you wouldn’t have flushed it away in the first place! We at Jones Plumbing can tackle the issue from both ends to minimize cost and inconvenience to you: checkups to replace and reinforce piping before it falls apart, and quick fixes to stop it from doing so again in the future.

It’s an unpleasant business, but somebody has to do it!

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