Trenchless Sewer Repair and What to Look Out For

pipesKeeping up with home maintenance can be overwhelming for first-time homeowners. There are many things that you have to stay on top of in and out of the house. Luckily, there have been plenty of advancements that make it easier and more cost-friendly.

Home maintenance technology has come a long way over the last decade and a half, but a lot of people are still unaware of these new innovations. According to Angie’s List, just under 80 percent of people have never heard of trenchless sewer technology, despite these repair methods being around for about 15 years.

Drains and pipes can be damaged by a variety of reasons, and this technology can help repair these issues much easier than the past. Understanding your property is very important for maintaining your property. Here are some things to keep in mind:

    • Pipes will wear down much easier if they have been around for a while. It’s advised you have sewer lines inspected if the property is more than 40 years old.

 

    • Tree roots can damage sewer lines if not properly maintained. Trees should be located at least 10 feet away from sewer lines because their roots can grow up to three times the width of the crown of the tree. These roots can end up jamming into sewer lines and can cause a lot of damage.

 

    • Sewer lines do not get clogged up with small things like paper and debris. Sewer pipes are usually more than six inches in diameter, so when they’re clogged, it means there’s substantial buildup in there.

 

    • Pressure washers are a great way to clear out clogs in the drains. Some pressure washers can provide a force of 7,000 PSI while others can provide a force of up to 60,000 PSI, which is more than enough to clean any sewer drain.

 

    • Preserving your landscape is very important. Maintaining the inside, outside of your property can help bring up the overall property value. Just under 75 percent of homeowners admit that they would pay more for pipe replacement if it would preserve their property.

 

  • The durability of new drains can last up to 50 years, so it won’t be necessary to change them too often.

Staying up to date with home maintenance is very important. If some of these sewer issues are not taken care of, there will be many more problems involving your property that will end up costing much more money down the road.

Why 19th Century London Would be Impressed With Your Sewer Options

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Today, sewer systems are fairly advanced — even when there is an issue with your sewer system, a repair can set it straight for another 50 years or more. But what was the case before the advent of the modern sewer system?

The River Thames is one 19th century example of a sewer that could need some work. During that time, the entire river was essentially an open sewer. This had horrific consequences for public health; cholera spread quickly throughout the city several times. Finally, Parliament acknowledged the issue and hired Joseph Bazalgette, a civil engineer, to design an underground sewer system. This helped clean the river, improve public health, and bring London into the 20th century.

When it comes to your sewer, you may not be worried about the spread of cholera throughout your household. Still, there are obvious issues that can result if you put off sewer and drain replacement. A burst pipe, for example, can cause hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage to your home. Even if it ends up covered by insurance, who wants to deal with throwing away carpets and couches because they’ve become damp and moldy?

There’s a few ways you can prevent your home from resembling the 19th century River Thames. When it comes to drains and pipes, make sure you’re always disposing of waste properly. Many people are under the impression that it’s okay to throw things like tissues, pads and tampons into the toilet — after all, it flushes away, right? In reality, older pipes or systems with less pressure often have trouble disposing of these wastes.

Cured in place pipes are one modern technology that the Londoners of yesteryear would have liked to have. It’s a jointless, seamless system that cures within the previous pipe and can last for decades. This is part of what is known as trenchless pipe repair; though it’s been around for the past 15 years, many homeowners (78 percent, in fact) haven’t heard of it before. Basically, it means that unlike with traditional repair methods, your yard and landscaping won’t need to be torn up in order to replace your sewer line. Trenchless repair means getting back to life as usual, much quicker.