Sewer Expertise: Maintenance to Complete Replacements

Your sewer line is one of the most important components of your home’s plumbing system. Yet, most homeowners overlook its maintenance until there is a plumbing emergency. Plumbing issues such as sewer leaks and sewage backups can be frustrating.  If you’ve dealt with these types of plumbing issues then you know how they demand immediate fixing.

As a homeowner, ensuring your sewer system is in good condition through regular preventative maintenance is a critical responsibility. Besides helping you save thousands of dollars in replacement costs, preventative maintenance also ensures you do not have plumbing emergencies that disrupt your day like sewage backups and flooding.

While our Tucson sewer line plumbing experts at Curtis Plumbing can provide the emergency repair services you need to get your plumbing system functional, prevention is better than cure. It is better to spend a few hundred dollars on preventive maintenance than thousands of dollars in replacement costs.

The Benefits of Preventative Sewer Line Maintenance

  1. i) A neglected sewer line can become blocked with dirt, debris, and other materials and lead to plumbing issues like sewage backups, flooding, and floor and wall damage. Preventive sewer line maintenance helps avoid such issues by ensuring the system is running as it should.
  2. ii) Preventive sewer line maintenance helps avoid costly repairs.
  • iii) Regular sewer line maintenance helps identify small plumbing issues before they become major problems. This saves you time and money.
  1. iv) Regular maintenance helps extend the lifespan of your sewer line by preventing premature wear and tear.
  2. v) By eliminating clogs and blockages from pipes, regular sewer line maintenance helps improve the quality of water flowing through your plumbing system. It minimizes the risk of wastewater backing up into your plumbing system and contaminating water that is flowing through it.
  3. vi) Preventive sewer line maintenance eliminates foul odors from your home and yard. Blocked pipes and clogs can cause foul-smelling wastewater to back up into your home or yard.
  • vii) A well-maintained and functional sewer line also increases the value and appeal of your home or property.

Preventive or regular sewer line maintenance is a critical step in ensuring you have a healthy or smooth-running plumbing system. Besides having a professional inspect your sewer lines, here are some other preventative maintenance tips to ensure your sewer line is running as it should:

  • Check your pipes regularly for any leaks or blockages.
  • Do not ignore early warning signs like foul odors, slow-draining sinks or toilets, and sewage backups in your house or yard.
  • Avoid pouring grease or oil down your drains as this can clog your pipes
  • Don’t flush large or non-degradable materials like paper towels and sanitary hygiene products down the toilet
  • Routinely clear any debris that may be blocking your drains and pipes
  • Eliminate harsh chemical cleaners as they can corrode and damage your pipes
  • Do not plant trees near your sewer lines or septic system as their roots can damage pipes or clog the drain field.

You can keep your sewer line running smoothly and avoid costly future repairs by following these tips. You can rely on our team of experts at Curtis Plumbing, including our licensed inspectors to perform thorough preventive maintenance for your sewer line.

Preventive Maintenance Procedures

There are several major causes of sewer line failure, including blockages, infiltration of groundwater into broken pipes, pump malfunction, and inflow of stormwater in the plumbing system.

Our plumbing experts use industry-recommended procedures or activities when performing periodic maintenance checks for our clients. While preventive maintenance includes many activities plumbing experts group them into three major steps.

Step 1: Plumbing System Assessment

When you engage us for preventive maintenance services, the first thing we do is conduct an assessment of your plumbing system. The assessment helps us find problem areas within the sewer line system that may need frequent servicing. Some of the activities we do in this step include:

  1. System flow and rainfall monitoring
  2. Plumbing system inspection, including video inspection, lamping inspection, and smoke detection. We also use merging techniques for inspection including, zoom camera technology.

 Step 2: System Cleaning

After conducting a comprehensive assessment of your plumbing system or sewer line, our experts will clean your sewer line. Depending on the problem areas, your pipe sizes, and the type of debris in your system, we use several cleaning methods, including:

  1. Hydraulic cleaning – for removing grease built-up and common for small-sized pipes
  2. Mechanical cleaning – uses mechanical techniques like rodding and bucket machine to remove larger solid wastes. But, it’s time-consuming.

We use a combination of the two methods for effectiveness and to clean all types of pipes and remove all types of dirt or debris.

Step 3: Sewer Line Monitoring or Re-assessment

We offer monitoring and inspection services as an ongoing process that assesses the condition of your sewer line, including your pipes and manholes. This helps us detect warning signs for potential plumbing issues and fix them before they become emergencies.

While industry experts and the law recommend sewer line inspection every two years, we recommend quarterly monitoring and inspection of your sewer lines. But, if we detect a problem area, we increase the frequency of our inspection and re-assessment.

You can rely on our well-trained and licensed professionals to perform preventative maintenance activities. We guarantee timely repairs and the smooth running of your plumbing system.

Sewer Replacement

Despite preventative maintenance of your sewer line, there are situations where complete replacement may be necessary. Some of the situations that may need sewer line replacement include:

  1. Your sewer line system is old and needs replacement. Even with regular maintenance, your sewer line system will not last forever. Natural wear and tear means your sewer line may not continue to work as it did before and may need replacing.
  2. You are experiencing frequent pipe clogs. If you keep calling your plumber to unclog your pipes, it can be a sign of bigger issues. You may need to replace your sewer line.
  3. Tree roots have damaged your pipes. Tree intrusion into your sewer system may necessitate a complete replacement as tree roots cause serious damages that even repairs cannot fix.
  4. Your sewer line has busted. A busted pipe in your sewer line system may be hard to fix and you may need to replace the entire system.

Regardless of your reason for requiring a complete replacement, our plumbing experts are on standby to install a new sewer line for you and ensure the plumbing issue doesn’t bring your home to a standstill.

Tucson Sewer Line Maintenance and Replacement Experts

Your sewer line is one of the most important components of your home’s plumbing system. You should take care of it to avoid plumbing emergencies. Preventative maintenance, including routine monitoring and inspection, can ensure your system continues running smoothly. Whether you need preventative maintenance or a complete replacement of your sewer line, you can rely on our skilled and experienced sewer line plumbing experts at Curtis Plumbing. Contact us today to schedule an assessment of your sewer line for preventative maintenance or complete replacement.