With your lines buried out of sight and under your home, you probably don’t take the time to consider your home sewer system very often. And yet in addition to being a marvel of modern plumbing, it is worth educating yourself about your sewer system simply so you are better prepared when you need a repair or a replacement. After all, the last thing you want is to experience something like a sewage leak or a wastewater backup, and not know how to get to the bottom of it. Keep reading to learn what you should know about your sewer system, and remember that for all your drain and sewer needs, you can always call our expert plumbers at All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical.
3 Things Everyone Should Know About Their Sewer System
- Not All Sewer Pipes Are Created the Same: Depending on when your home was constructed, your sewer piping may be manufactured from materials like cast iron, clay, or even something called “orangeburg.” If you have not heard of this last one, you’re not alone, but there’s a pretty interesting backstory behind it. Orangrburg is a kind of tar paper and that was used in sewer systems back in WW2, due to the fact that iron and steel were needed for the war effort, so naturally there was a shortage on these materials. Of course, over time, people moved on from Orangeburg, and largely from cast iron and clay too, as copper and plastics like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) were found to be more durable. Remember, if you live in a home from before WWII, it is a good idea to call for a sewer inspection and see if your lines need an upgrade. Speaking of which…
- Your Sewer Lunes Can be Inspected with a Video Camera: The idea of putting a video camera down into your sewer system may sound odd, but it is actually more common than you think. With today’s cutting-edge technology, drain technicians can now feed a small camera on a wire deep into your sewer lines, allowing professionals like our team at All Pro to detect issues before they develop into a problem. With our video camera plumbing inspections, we are not only able to locate blockages deep in your lines and find all types of cracks and holes, we can also track the health of your lines over time, giving you instant reports on the health of your sewer system from year to year.
- Sewer Repair No Longer Requires Digging a Trench: In the past, sewer line repair was often a long, messy process. In order to not only inspect but then repair and replace old sewer lines, large plumbing teams would have to dig huge ditches in your yard, just to access your system. But this is no longer the case with trenchless sewer relining service. When you call our pros for trenchless sewer relining, after we have complete a video inspection, we can actually feed a fabric liner doused in high-quality resin through two different points in your sewer line. Once we have split the damaged section of the old line, the resin is then capped, and attached to a compressor that pumps it with air and blows it up like a balloon. After this, the resin dries, and creates a new, waterproof, long-lasting sewer line that will function just as well as your old one, all without us having to dig up any pipes and create a mess in your yard!