Don't Let Your Basement Become Wasted Space

Insight To Help You During Your Home's Sewer Line Blockage, Failure, And Replacement

Your home's sewer system is an important part of your home and it needs to work properly. When your sewer system and sewer main fails, you will need to have it repaired as soon as possible to restore proper function of your home's system for you and your family. Here are some tips and insight to help you determine your system's chance for potential problems and failure and how to get it inspected and replaced.

Analyze the Potential for Problems

The sewer line that delivers sewage from your home to the city sewer main usually runs from your home and beneath your yard out to the street where it will connect with the city's line. Unfortunately, as a homeowner you are responsible for the entire length of sewer main until its connection into the city's sewer line. There are several factors that can affect your sewer line's condition and function.

Older homes were built during a time when certain sewer pipe materials were used and installed, but weren't built to last as long as your house will. Types of line that can fail from age includes clay, some cast iron, and Orangeburg pipe, which is made from tar-impregnated wood pulp. The weight from the soil upon these pipes can cause them to collapse. Then, if your yard is landscaped with large trees, the tree's root systems can grow around and into the sewer line, clogging its interior with root growth.

Determine the Damage

When you find your sewer line is showing signs of a clog, such as slow drains and sewage coming up into basement drains, you can hire a sewer professional to clear out any blockage in the line to temporarily restore sewer drainage and check the interior of your line with their camera.

The camera inspection will give you a visual confirmation of the condition and type of material making up your sewer line. This will let you know if the line has collapsed or if it is filled with tree roots, which will both usually require replacement of your sewer line.

Repair the Failure

When you have determined your sewer line has failed from age or tree root invasion, you may likely need to have the sewer line excavated and replaced by your plumbing professional. There are several methods for replacement, including trench-less replacement, which can help preserve a majority of the landscaping in your yard. As you will be responsible to pay for the work for the sewer replacement, any extra you can save in the budget, such as the landscaping, will help you in the overall cost.

Use these tips to help you during your home sewer problems and repair. Visit a site like for more information.

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Don't Let Your Basement Become Wasted Space

My wife and I recently had a new home built, and while we had few stressful decisions to make, we greatly enjoyed the process and love our new home. Due to budget concerns, we decided to leave our basement unfinished at first. We figured that since we have so much "stuff" that we need to store, like off-season clothing and seasonal decorations, we would just use it for storage. However, we soon regretted not having it finished and felt like we had "wasted space" in our new house that wasn't being put to good use. We turned it into a "mini apartment" with its own entrance that we now rent out to a friend for a little extra income. I love sharing what we learned during the home building process, so I am excited to share our experiences and tips on our new blog! Come back for more construction tips!

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