Why do You Really Need to Inspect Your Pipes?

Just because you flushed something down the drain, it doesn’t mean you can forget about it easily. You’ll be surprised to know that many sewer clogs start with homeowners like you throwing away their used napkins, diapers, and cooking grease in the sink or the toilet. To prevent pipe damage, wastewater backflows, or worse, municipal cleaning crews, inspect sewers regularly.

That said, these are not the only instances when you’ll need proper sewer inspection equipment. For instance, if you’re a homeowner who intends to sell your property in the future, you’ll need to conduct a sewer inspection to assure potential buyers—preferably with the help of a professional. This is especially important if you own a vintage house, since its sewer systems are likely to be deteriorated or damaged.

Specifically, if you live in a property that was built during the 1950s, you’ll have to inspect its sewer lines and see if they’re made with Orangeburg tar paper or not. Unlike PVC or aluminum, Orangeburg is a very fragile material for sewer pipes and it tends to disintegrate and collapse over time. It’s very likely that you’ll have to replace your entire sewer system if your pipes are made from this tar paper.

You’ll also need to inspect your sewer system if your property is surrounded by trees, as tree roots are known to grow into underground water and sewage pipes, eventually rupturing them.

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