Whether you realize it or not, the sewer line running from the drains under your home into the city’s or county’s sewer system or your own septic tank is incredibly durable. These systems are designed to withstand year-round extreme weather, excessive heat and pressure and in some cases, even seismic activity. But, despite being so durable, if a sewer line and the drains which flow into it are not serviced regularly, the entire system can break down in a matter of years.
That is why you need regular annual maintenance from a service provider who knows sewer lines and drainage systems inside and out. Boulden Brothers is the only greater Wilmington area plumber you want to call when your sewer line needs servicing. Whether it is time for the regular annual maintenance, or you have noticed slow drainage or excess water in your basement or yard, call us.
How Residential Drain Lines and Sewers Work
When you consider the basic requirements for a properly working drain and sewer system, there are a lot of necessary parts:
1: All drain pipes should be connected to a network of ventilation pipes that go up through the roof. Venting prevents sewer gases from drifting out of drains into living quarters.
Experts say it’s a good idea to inspect a sewer line with a camera before you purchase a home. During the inspection, make sure the inspector confirms that all venting pipes are present.
2: Most plumbing fixtures have curved “trap” sections that hold a little water, forming an airtight seal to keep gases in. This section of pipe is easily removed to clear clogs.
3: Toilets also have a trap, which is what keeps standing water in the bowl. The toilet drain is the largest drain pipe in the house.
4: All household drains meet below the house in the main drain that carries the wastewater to the municipal sewer lines or to a septic system. A Y-shaped pipe in a basement or crawlspace provides clean-out access.
Potential Sewer Line Problems
Think about what your sewer line gets put through every day. Your family flushes gallons of water along with waste, paper, and grease down the drain each day. Sometimes it all happens at the same time. So, not only do your drains take a punishing, your sewer line can easily become clogged over time, even in the most careful of households.
How do you know there is a problem? To start with, your drains will stop flushing as quickly as they once did. Rarely, if ever, will an odor enter your home – but if it does, call us immediately. It can mean a broken pipe or a full blockage. However, even if you do not smell or see sewage in your home, there may be a clog somewhere in your system due to grease, paper, debris, or other items that have been put down the drain in your home.
Beyond clogs, your sewer system can start to develop signs of wear and tear with age. Cracks or weakening in the pipes can be a precursor of big problems to come, but those issues can be taken care of well in advance of a full-on breakdown in your system.
Routine Maintenance Stops Problems
The easiest way to stop a problem in its tracks is to perform routine maintenance on your drainage and sewer system. We also provide high tech video camera inspection services to check for wear or potential breakage in your lines.
If you moved into a new home, we can locate the exact spot where your sewer lines criss cross your lawn, so you avoid any unfortunate digging accidents, and if nearby tree or bush roots are starting to tangle around your pipes.
While we work hard to provide a full range of emergency repair services to our customers, the last thing anyone wants is to find a broken sewer line flooding their basement at three o’clock in the morning. Routine annual maintenance will keep that from happening and give you peace of mind.
Get the Job Done Right
Boulden Brothers has provided drainage and sewer service in the Wilmington area for years and our highly skilled plumbers use the newest technology to seek out and repair minor issues before they become serious problems. Whether it is a small clog that might grow in the coming months or a crack that might lead to a full-blown leak in your backyard, do not take chances with a system so critical to your daily life – call us today.