Cantor’s Corner: Sewer Line Maintenance
Presented by Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
by Gregg Cantor
Resident Expert, The Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
Sewer line backups can be costly, inconvenient and often come at inopportune times. It doesn’t occur to most homeowners to have their sewer systems checked periodically, likely because sewer line maintenance can be uncharted territory. How is it done? It’s easy! A qualified plumber with the proper equipment can run a snake with a camera through a clean-out or rooftop vent to video the condition of your pipes.
Depending on the age of your home, you could have clay, cast iron or ABS plastic sewer pipes. Eventually clay and cast iron will need to be replaced. An annual sewer line check-up is highly recommended unless you know you have ABS pipes. When remodeling your home, especially when adding bathrooms, an inspection of your existing lines makes sense.
Causes for sewer line backups are broken lines, tree roots or just build up over time that restricts the flow of waste, all things you wouldn’t be able to see without a video from your inspection.
A proper inspection by a licensed plumber will identify potential problems with your system so you can be proactive and make repairs or perform sewer line maintenance before it is an emergency or you experience a backup that can cause thousands of dollars worth of damages to your home. If your pipes are in good condition, you may only need simple jetting to clear them out.
Sewer line maintenance is just another example of how routine check-ups and inspections can catch minor issues before they become costly repairs.