Every home’s sewer line can eventually fail. There is no such thing as a fool-proof, completely maintenance-free sewer pipe. When things go wrong, the sewer pipes involved need to be repaired or replaced as quickly as possible. The importance of a sewer line to a residence often goes unnoticed until the time it fails. Because there are so many different things that cause problems with sewer lines, and so many different types of lines, joints, and also sizes, the correct tools for one job are not always compatible with the needs of another job.
Having the right tools for every job that will ever be encountered is almost impossible, but having the majority of tools needed is something that should be possible to attain. Plumbers and others in the industry know it’s more than just an auger that does the work needed in most cases, and that plumbing issues aren’t always confined to the interior of a house.
Sewer lines run from the house to the city’s main sewer line, and that joining of the two can often be a problematic location. One of the tools that can save a great deal of money is a simple one. A tap cleaner can work out grit and other sediments that can get trapped in places that they should never accumulate, but still do. A good cleaning can often get things draining well and keep costs down for customers.
When that doesn’t suffice and drains still don’t empty out quickly, a snake and auger used to be the standard tool used not so recently in the past. Now, instead of doing this, sewer camera inspections are the best way to diagnose slow or non-moving drains. Finding the problem that way will provide some certainty in how to best clear any clogs away, or if the line has collapsed. If the line has collapsed, then it can be replaced. If tree roots have pushed their way through, they can be cut away with hydrojetting.
Hydrojetting is one of the best ways to clear lines. This method must be used with pipes that are lined, and can remove clogs. When lines must be cleared of invasive roots, the power is much more forceful than when it is used for clearing out lined pipes, and is actually used for that purpose prior to installing liners. After the line is cleared of roots, a liner can be inserted by being blown in, and then a bladder is also inserted, then inflated, and left to dry. When the liner is dry, the bladder is deflated and removed.
Finding the actual sewer line can also be tricky at times. Sometimes the home’s abstract is incomplete, or incorrect. Sewer line detectors can eliminate digging in the wrong location, and locate the correct path of the sewer line when the information is unknown. Using a sewer sonde can locate exactly where sewer lines are located at and can many times detect where breaks have occurred.
These methods save customers from paying for expensive repairs where a line’s length must be excavated just to examine a sewer pipe. His was true several decades ago, but is no longer necessary. With camera inspections, trenchless methods such as pipe bursting, and hydrojetting, repairs and clearing clogged drains are now much less invasive and expensive. However, the right tool need o be used and at the correct strengths for the pipes at any specific location.