Getting your sewer system checked and cleaned regularly could really be worth your while. Since sewer lines are underground and out of sight, chances are you won’t spot a problem unless it’s too late. And, as far as problems within your home go, a sewer problem is one of the worst.Still not convinced? Here are four really good reasons to get your sewer checked on a regular basis.
1.You Might Save Some Money
Regular sewer line inspections can help you catch potential issues—before they turn into big, expensive problems. A typical sewer inspection usually costs around a few hundred dollars, but a major problem popping up in your sewer line could cost you a lot more than that.
For example, if you discover damage to your sewer system that’s so severe you have to replace the lines, it could potentially cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Because sewer lines are underground, replacing a line would mean digging up your yard so a professional contractor can access and replace your damaged lines—definitely not a quick or inexpensive undertaking!
2. You Have Trees or Shrubs Growing Near Your Sewer System
If you’ve got trees or shrubs growing within about ten feet of your sewer system, you’ve got a good reason to get it checked consistently. And, if any of those trees or shrubs are the fast-growing kind, like maple trees, elm trees, poplar trees, aspen trees, beech trees or willow shrubs, you’ve got an even better reason for regular check ups.
Tree roots are a common problem for sewer lines. The roots can grow around your sewer line, putting so much pressure on it that it eventually cracks. The root may then start growing right into the line, causing a major blockage.
Once a tree root has taken over a sewer line, the line will need to be replaced. Replacing a sewer line is a big process that involves excavating the yard to replace the pipes, which brings us right back to reason number one above!
Regular sewer inspections mean you can deal with your unruly roots before they cause your lines any major (and costly) damage.
3. You Have an Older Home
Although all homeowners can benefit from having their sewer lines checked regularly, it’s especially important to have older sewer systems inspected. Like any other part of your home, your sewer system will experience wear and tear over the years. Sewer systems can erode and collapse over time, so an older system is more likely to have a problem than a new system.
4. You May Prevent Other Problems Within Your Home
By getting regular sewer inspections, you may end up preventing some pretty serious damage within your home. If an issue in a sewer line goes unfixed, it could lead to a sewer backup. A sewer backup can cause your home to flood. Flooding often means replacing everything from your furniture, to flooring, to drywall. That means months of repairs and renovations.
Not only is a backup messy, but it can also be dangerous. It can cause a sewer gas leak, which is toxic (and not to mention terrible-smelling).
So how regularly do you need to have your sewer system checked to avoid all these issues? The general answer is about once a year. But, contact a professional Edmonton sewer contractor to find out what’s best for your home.
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