Every homeowner should ask certain questions when it comes to knowing more about their sewer pipe lines. Why is this so important? It matters because it makes all the difference in the world when it comes to ensuring the overall condition of some of the most major components of your home. It is important to know this type of information if you are considering purchasing property so you know exactly what you are getting into before you actually sign any documents. However, it is just as important to know this type of information even if you have lived in the same home for the last 30 years. By knowing what you should look out for and knowing when it is time to call a professional, it gives you a better idea of knowing what is normal and what isn’t. This in turn helps you keep your home in good condition and it helps you save money. Below or a list of six questions that you should know the answer as to when it comes to understanding more about your sewer pipe lines.
1) What happens if there is a problem?
If a problem with your sewer pipe lines exists, the first course of action is for you to contact a company that is capable of repairing or replacing those lines as quickly as possible. Obviously, smaller problems need to be addressed as quickly as possible, but you may be able to function for some time until someone can get there to repair it, say for a week or two. Larger problems, on the other hand, need to be dealt with right away because you simply can’t continue using a sewer system that has a broken line when everything is backing up into the yard. Therefore, you need help and you need it right away.
2) How are problems found and what is done to remedy the situation?
If you suspect that you have a problem and you contact a company to come out and look at it, one of the first things that will be done is for the professionals associated with that company to look over the entire property, as well as where the main pipe goes from the home to the septic system. If no problems are found there, it is time to start utilizing the microscopic cameras that can be fed into sewer lines in order to determine if there is a problem that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Once the problem is found, the appropriate repairs can be enacted. This usually involves repairing the line but even if the line needs to be replaced in its entirety, the process is much easier and less time-consuming than it used to be.
3) Will my yard have to be torn up?
Because of newer techniques that allow professionals plumbers to pinpoint where the problem exists and then concentrate their repairs in that particular area, it is not typically necessary have the entire yard torn up in order to remedy the situation. Much of it depends on how significant the damage is that has already occurred and where the root cause of the problem lies. However, it is very rare that an entire yard has to be torn up in order to exact repairs with the technology that is currently in use.
4) Can I expect recent work to last?
Again, a lot of technological advancements have been made over the course of the last several years. As a result, you can easily expect work that has been recently performed to last for years, probably for as long as you decide to remain in the home. It is not at all uncommon to have this type of work last for the duration of time that the home stands on the property. Therefore, you shouldn’t have to worry about having any more problems of that particular nature once the repairs have been completed.
5) Are there certain things I should look for to indicate that there is some type of problem?
In many cases, you will notice that the yard either has water standing in it or that it simply seems to be more soggy than the rest of the yard, especially around the area where the septic system is located. You might notice that you have a problem with practically every drain in the home as things start to back up for no other apparent reason. At times, these problems are very obvious and at other times you have to search for them in order to figure out what is going on. It is always a good idea to visually check the area around the septic tank so that you can be made aware of any potential issues as quickly as possible.
6) Is work usually guaranteed?
Most companies will guarantee their work. After all, any company that is reputable is not going to make a series of repairs and then leave you hanging if something goes wrong that is directly associated with the work that has been performed. However, it is always a good idea and make sure by reading the contract before assuming that anything is covered in its entirety. This will keep you from having to deal with unpleasant surprises later on.