As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining your home's sewer line (also called the lateral) that runs from sewer main in the street that is owned by the city. By performing regular sewer line maintenance and fixing the small problems before they lead to major repairs like a backed-up sewer line, you can extend the life of the sewer line.
So what causes sewer line damage? The most common problem we see is tree root intrusion. Tree roots are drawn to the water and nutrients inside the pipe. If a sewer pipe develops even a small gap or crack, you can be sure that tree roots will find a way in where they will eventually obstruct the flow of waste and potentially break open a pipe joint.
There are several ways you can prevent sewer line problems.
1. Watch what you put down the drain. Never pour grease, paint or other thick liquids down the drain. Even if a product says it's "flushable", play it safe safe and throw it in the trash rather than flushing paper towels, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, q-tips and other items down the toilet.
2. Schedule a sewer line inspection. A video camera inspection can locate defects such as cracks, bad joints, leaks, as well as obstructions like tree roots.
3. Install a back flow valve. Many cities require that new homes have a back flow preventer installed to prevent wastewater from re-entering the house.
4. Keep the sewer line up to code. Never connect storm drain systems like french drains or sump pumps to your home's sanitary sewer system. It illegal in most cities and can allow mud to clog the sewer line.
Call Maitz today and schedule a sewer line camera inspection. You'll rest easier knowing your sewer system is working safely and reliably.