Failure of any part of your sewer pipe system can have significant financial, health and environmental impact on your property and your household. Sewer technologies have advanced immeasurably over the last few years and there are now cost-effective solutions for addressing any issues with your pipework. Read on to find out why it is important to inspect, maintain and clean your sewer system regularly.
How do you know if your sewer pipes need maintenance?
The most common sign that your sewer pipes have a problem is that water in your sinks or baths is taking too long to drain away. Blocked toilets can also be indicative of a problem, especially if they back up with water or overflow when flushed. In addition, any unexplained leaks in the home could also be because of sewer line problems.
What happens when you have your sewer pipes inspected?
If you suspect you have an issue with your sewer pipes, it is important to determine whether the pipes are your responsibility or whether the responsibility lies with the sewerage company. Ofwat (The Water Services Regulation Authority) states that the drains or sewers which carry household waste are usually the responsibility of the homeowner up to the point at which they connect to the public sewers at the boundary of the property.
When you ask a sewer maintenance technician to inspect the pipes, they will insert a specialist CCTV camera into the sewer pipe to identify where the problem lies. If the problem is caused by a blockage somewhere in the pipe, they will usually remove it with a high-pressure water jet. This should solve the problem but sometimes, the problem may be caused by a crack or split in the pipe. Sewer pipes do not always need to be replaced. A number of specialists provide sewer pipe lining Wolverhampton and elsewhere which offers affordable drain repairs with state-of-the-art sewer lining solutions such as those seen here: www.wilkinson-env.co.uk/sewer-repairs-drain-lining-concrete-cutting/drain-repairs/drain-repairs-wolverhampton.
What are the consequences of not maintaining your sewer pipes?
If you do not maintain your sewer pipes, they may become blocked and sewerage back up into your home. If the problem is left to escalate, harmful bacteria could also leak into your property. If any issues are left unfixed, this may result in a wider failure in your sewerage pipes which would be very expensive to repair.