Your neighbor has sewer issues. Should you be worried too? That’s a common question that plumbers get frequently. The answer isn’t as clear cut as most would like it to be. There are many kinds of sewer problems that are contained to one property and don’t affect surrounding homes. In this post, you’ll learn more about what causes neighborhood-wide sewer problems and the best solutions for avoiding and fixing these problems.
The older a home is, the more likely it is that the sewer pipes are starting to show signs of aging. Many of these properties have clay or cast-iron sewer pipes, which are too susceptible to problems such as corrosion or cracks. If there have been several homes in the neighborhood with these kinds of sewer problems, plumbing companies suggest having your sewer inspected. These types of sewer inspections identify potential problems and give you time to find affordable repair solutions to avoid complete sewer line failure.
Neighborhoods plagued by soil issues are more likely to experience widespread sewer problems. Non-compacted soil also referred to as shifting soil, causes sewer pipes to belly as well as other problems. The best way to counteract these problems is to get ahead of them. Once you’re aware of other homeowners in the neighborhood experiencing these problems, call the plumbing company to come out and evaluate the situation.
Non-neighborhood Related Problems
The majority of sewer problems that occur aren’t neighborhood related. Instead, they’re the direct result of a lack of maintenance, improper usage, or poor installation.
Sewer pipes handle all the water that leaves your house. This includes wastewater, laundry water, dishwasher, etc. Although sewer pipes are designed to handle the load, as they age, they tend to weaken. They also weaken when clogs form inside the pipes and put pressure on the pipe. Eventually, the pipe can’t withstand the weight of the blockage and the pipe breaks.
Fortunately, this situation is highly avoidable when you take the initiative to clean your sewer pipes at least once a year. This is done by plumbers who use hydro-jetting equipment to scour the pipes as clean as the day they were installed. These same plumbers use sewer camera inspection equipment during and after the cleaning to make sure the application worked, and the pipes are good as new.
Common problems in newer neighborhoods have to do with poor installation. If your home isn’t that old and you experience serious sewer problems, contact the builder and have them look into these problems. You should have to pay for sewer repair when your pipes were installed incorrectly.
When to Call the Plumber
As you probably already figured out, it’s better to err on the side of caution. If you believe there’s a neighborhood plumbing problem or even a single problem affecting only your property, get in touch with licensed sewer contractors right away. Doing so property your property and helps you avoid expensive plumbing repairs in Gainesville, GA.
When you have slow drains, your bathroom drains smell bad, or you notice soggy spots in your yard, you need a qualified sewer contractor. Contact Gainesville Mechanical of North Georgia at 770-532-9130 to schedule service.