Sewer Repair Essentials And Preventative Maintenance Guidelines

A blockage or damage to a sewer line could lead to hazardous waste backing up into your home or on your property. Use the following repair and maintenance tips to help you restore and maintain your sewer system.

The Sewer System Assessment

A sewer problem may stem from not using responsible practices when draining liquids or flushing liquid and solid waste. Since a sewer system often consists of many parts that are installed underground, specialized plumbing equipment may be needed to determine what part of the system is clogged or damaged.

A plumber will use a camera to inspect parts of a sewer system that are not visible to the naked eye. When using this type of camera, an excavation necessary to remedy a problem will not be conducted along the parts of your property where the issue is not located.

The use of a camera keeps costs down and ensures that a sewer repair is performed accurately the first time.

Repair Processes

There are noninvasive and invasive repair processes a plumber can use to restore a septic system.

A trench-free pipe patching process allows a plumber to reinforce weakened or damaged pipes. This type of process does not require extensive excavation steps.

If an underground pipe is severely damaged, a plumber will use the results of a camera inspection to determine where excavation will need to take place. During the excavation, the sewer pipe that is damaged will be dug up and replaced. If a sewer pipe is clogged, a plumber may use a hydro jet machine or a snake tool to clean the inside of it.

Preventative Maintenance

Once you encounter an issue with your sewer system, it is a good idea to formulate a preventative maintenance plan. The plumber who repairs the sewer system will guide you on how to handle liquid and solid waste responsibly.

Due to the high protein content of fats, greases, and oils, these items should never be introduced into your sewer system. Using a storage container for these materials will prevent them from clogging sewer pipes.

Additionally, the plumber may advise you to use a high-volume flush setting for your toilets. A high-volume setting will push waste through the sewer system, minimizing the chance of clogging the interior of sewer pipes.

Following the new preventative maintenance plan will consistently prevent the need to schedule sewer system repairs that you will ultimately pay out of pocket.