Plumbing systems that are working will effectively bring safe water to people to use and consume. Plumbing systems also remove water and waste.
A few issues can keep a plumbing system from working properly. These may be as common as a dripping faucet and as serious as burst pipes. When plumbing repairs are required, they typically cost hundreds of dollars, since a plumber’s rate can reach $200 per hour. Some of the most serious plumbing problems that individuals experience involves sewer pipes, and when sewer pipes are damaged or blocked it can be so serious that you can’t use the facilities. You don’t need to simply hope for the best and then pay the bill when plumbing problems strike, however. It is possible to take some steps to prevent expensive plumbing repairs or to minimize the cost of repairs when they may be needed and keep your waste removal system working smoothly.
Sewer pipes are pipes that run from a structure to a sewer system or septic tank. They are designed to remove water and waste. When plumbing was introduced into structures in the 1800s, it enabled people to forego outhouses and chamber pots that had to be manually emptied. By the late 1800s, sewer systems were being installed to prevent waste from being discarded in the streets and reduce the manual labor involved with waste removal at the time. These developments had the additional benefit of improving healthy by safely removing waste.
When dirty water or human waste is not removed effectively it can lead to several issues, including health problems.
Problems with sewer pipes
When a toilet doesn’t flush properly, it may be possible to resolve the issue simply by plunging. However, if a toilet backs up and overflows, there may also be a more serious problem present, and it may involve your sewer pipes.
Issues with sewer pipes can be very serious. Sewer pipes typically run underground for dozens of feet before they connect with the public sewer system or a septic tank. This means that a problem in the pipes could be in several different places and it’s hard to know how much it will cost to repair without knowing what the issue is and where it’s located. Sewer pipes can be affected by clogs, rust, leaks, and other issues. If you own an older home, you may even have clay pipes, which can be damaged by roots. Some of these issues may be straightforward, but others could involved thousands in emergency plumbing repairs.
Diagnosing sewer pipe issues
Technology has helped reduce the costs of fixing sewer pipes. Trained professionals can perform a sewer camera inspection. When a camera is inserted, technicians can use it to get a complete picture of what’s going on inside the pipes.
There are several benefits of this approach. Plumbers can quickly identify the specific cause of problems with the pipes. They can also develop a repair plan without digging up your yard. It could cost hundreds of extra dollars just to isolate problems with pipes before the advent of sewer camera inspections. In some cases, plumbers may be able to repair issues without ever digging up the pipe at all. When it is necessary to repair or replace part of the pipe, the use of a sewer camera ensures that plumbers know exactly what part of the pipe needs to be fixed and can focus their efforts on that part of the pipe directly.
An added bonus of using sewer camera inspections is that you can view the video yourself to get a clear understanding of the issue before making decisions about repairs.
Repairing sewer pipes
The specific method of repairing damaged sewer pipes depends on the nature of the issue. In some cases, it may be possible to resolve a clog or build up from corrosion by spraying water through the pipes at very high pressure levels. The force of the water may be enough to eliminate the problem.
In other cases, there may be more extensive repairs required. Pipe lining involves inserting a replacement pipe inside the existing pipe. Pipes can be replaced effectively without digging up your yard.
In some cases pipes do need to be physically removed. A serious obstruction from roots that have grown through pipes or collapsed pipes may require partial or total replacement.