Preventative Maintenance Tips for Excess Usage

This year we were all taken for a ride with the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the quarantine, we were all left to stay home for an extended period of time. Now, that businesses and even schools are beginning to open back up, we can expect that the sewer systems will be used much more than they had been previously. With that being said, it is important to perform preventative maintenance, not just to administer best practices, but also to ensure the safety of everyone who uses it. As we are not out of the woods yet as it pertains to COVID-19, safety should always be your number one priority. So, by having a properly functioning sewer system, that is clean, it will protect any patrons or students in the building. Therefore, let’s take a look at some preventative maintenance tips for excessive usage of your sewer system.

 

Clean Out Slow And Clogged Drains

With excess usage, you may come to experience water that is slow to empty in the drains which might indicate a clog. One chemical-free and natural remedy of vinegar and hot water poured down the drain can flush it out and unplug the debris. You will want to complete this technique every few months in order to keep the drains flowing at an optimal condition. You can also use common household drain cleaners. Now, if you find that this issue continues to occur, then you will want to reach out to your local professional for assistance. All County Sewer and Drain use their sewer cameras to get deep to the root of the problem which would be very useful in these kinds of situations.

 

Investigate Bare Pipes and Appliances For Leaks

There will be situations where a leak can be traced back to a broken or exposed pipe that was connected to a water heater, garbage disposal, or other appliance. If you follow the manufacture guidelines for maintaining the appliances, you can help to keep thins in check. However, it is also a good practice to learn to look for signs of water leakage like stains on the walls or ceilings. Another telltale sign is water pooling around the floor and by being aware of these signs, you can prevent a major issue before it becomes one. Plus, if you want to very proactive, you should look to schedule periodic leak detection services from your local professional.

 

Check The Sewer System Lines

If you have a building that runs on a sewer system, then you need to understand how the lines run and check regularly for tree roots that may sprout and cause havoc with the pipes. This is another prime opportunity to take advantage of All County Sewer and Drain’s sewer camera inspections. They can use their technology to snake through the sewer lines and check for any problems and nip them in the bud before they become costly.

 

Test The Water Pressure

Another great measure to take is to check the water pressure frequently as it will help regulate what comes out of the faucets. You can use a gauge to test the water pressure and ensure that it working at optimal levels. You can also include a pressure regulator that will keep the water pressure at the preferred level.

 

As always, safety is the number one concern, especially during these times. It is important that you do what you can to control the aspects that are within your control. For any further questions or assistance as it pertains to preventative maintenance, please feel free to call All County Sewer and Drain at 1 (800) 834-3102!

What Is A Sewer Camera Inspection?

The plumbing industry has truly evolved over the last few decades, especially when it comes to some of the newer innovations such as sewer camera inspections. When you think about it, do we truly know what’s beneath the surface of our gutters? Without the technology of sewer cameras, there would be a host of problems that we would be unaware of that would eventually lead to costly problems down the line. The process of these inspections is quite simple. It involves snaking a tiny camera down the drains to search for any possible damage allowing professionals such as the ones at All County Sewer and Drain to perform their job more effectively.

 

What Do Sewer Camera Inspections Do?

There are a couple of versions of these sewer line inspection cameras (All County Sewer and Drain have both versions), but the most common is a long and skinny robotic snake with a camera at the end that gives plumbers a real-time look at what is going on in your pipes. The twisty and bendy nature of the technology allows the camera to work its way through any curves and contours of the pipe or drain. So, this helps plumbers locate and diagnose the exact problems that they previously would have only been able to guess.

 

How Do Sewer Inspection Cameras Work?

Looking further into how these inspections work, you will find that the flexible rod which holds the camera is inserted into the drain or pipe. The high-definition video camera at the end is then able to broadcast everything into a screen that the plumber will use for the inspection. There are also bright LED lights attached to the rod so that they can see in the darkest areas and even record everything in the event that they need to go back and locate an issue later. 

 

There are a plethora of problems that these cameras can spot such as:

 

Pipe Issues

As a home begins to settle, pipes tend to shift at very odd angles which makes them susceptible to cracks, collapse, or even misalignment.

 

Tree Roots

You may notice that tree roots can grow into a sewer line, and can typically be cleaned. However, if it is too great of an impact, it can cause major damage repair and it would be critical to get the right diagnosis as that would be the difference between thousands of dollars.

 

Corrosion

While modern pipes are made from PVC and unlikely to see corrosion if you have an older metal pipe, then it may be prone to such damage. 

Blockage

One of the most common sewer problems is a blockage and there are a million ways that a pipe can get blocked with something. Sewer cameras are capable of pinpointing exactly where the blockage is making it easier to remove. 

 

Leaks

These cameras can also spot leaks in pipes and drains and help make the repairs much easier and faster to take on.

 

So, if you are looking to schedule a sewer line inspection using one of our cameras, feel free to give us a call at 1 (800) 834-3102 today!

Is It Time To Replace Your Sewer Line?

Many times, we look at the pipes in our home and think that they will last as long ad our home does. However, unfortunately, the likelihood of never having to deal with sewer problems during your homeownership simply isn’t realistic. While your sewer pipes may be durable, at some point, they will need to be replaced. When that time comes can vary and will depend on a number of circumstances. Let’s take a look at some things to consider when you do cross that bridge of replacing your sewer line.

 

How Long Should Your Sewer Last?

The answer to this question varies. Aside from a few clogs here and there while you own your home, your sewer line might not suffer from much noticeable damage. However, you might have to replace it a lot sooner than you anticipated and it will depend on what kind of pipes you have. Clay pipes, for example, may last about fifty to sixty years. Keep in mind these are no longer being installed in new homes. Cast iron pipes can last for 75-100 years. A PVC pipe may last indefinitely, but this along with the other pipes will depend on the circumstances in the drains, in the soil, or near the home.

 

What Can Influence A Sewer Line’s Lifespan?

Unfortunately, as mentioned previously, there is no real way to predict how long your sewer line will last. However, there are a few things to be on the lookout for as they could influence your sewer line’s lifespan. The first factor is nearby construction or other sources of ground movement like an earthquake as they can force the sewer line to break. Another factor would be tree roots which can pierce the sewer line in search of fertilization. Conditions within the soil can also speed up the rate of corrosion. Finally, poor installation can cause a sewer line leakage or breakage sooner that you would expect.

 

How Can You Tell If It Is Time To Replace Your Sewer Line?

This is a very common question and many times what you may be asking is: will there be a giant trench in the yard? The good news is that, nowadays, it is easier than ever to fix problems with a sewer line. Whether you need to repair or replace your sewer line isn’t as important as the tools your contractor has to fix the problem. For example, if they only have access to basic trench digging tools and a new PVC pipe, you might expect to have to replace your broken sewer line completely with a lot of property damage involved. On the other hand, if they have access to trenchless technology, you won’t have to worry about damage to your property. 

 

If you have additional questions about whether or not it is time to replace your sewer line, be sure to contact All County Sewer and Drain and they will be more than happy to assist you in the best way possible. Give them a call at 1 (800) 834-3102 today!