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Keeping Your Sewer Pipes in Check

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Most homeowners neglect to take off their underground plumbing components and just confine their routine maintenance on the more visible plumbing fixtures such as the taps, toilets, and sinks. However, this proves to be counter-proactive since sewer pipes that deteriorate due to the lack of maintenance can cause inexplicable damage not only to the sewer system but to the entire household as well. Prolong the serviceability of your pipes and do not jeopardize your underground plumbing system through the following proactive maintenance measures:

1. Chemical Solutions

There are commercialized chemical cleaners that serve as quick fixes for troublesome sewer lines. Although they seem to work effectively with minor clogs, these chemical solutions are actually double-edged swords that can damage your sewer pipes as well. Due to their harsh chemical composition, they can be corrosive to your pipes, eating away the pipe linings and making it even more vulnerable.
Copper sulfate is a typical substance found in root killer solutions to get rid of tree roots that invaded your sewer pipes. However, make sure to use this sparingly, ideally once or twice a month, since the constant exposure of your pipes to this can also be damaging.
Some plumbers actually warn their clients to refrain from chemical solutions, but there are some suggested brands that do not contain abrasive agents yet still remove clogs from your sewer line.

2. Pipe Camera Inspection

Although homeowners can rent cameras specifically designed for sewer pipe inspections, it is best to leave the surveillance to the professionals. This is a more accurate interpretation of the photos or footage that were captured by the camera. Further, the professionals know the best treatment your sewer pipes need, depending on the extent of the damage. Renting a camera can be expensive, if you have insufficient knowledge on how to maneuver the device, interpret the feeds it captured, and decide on the best repair or maintenance your sewer pipes need, then you will just waste your money and efforts.

3. Water Jetting

Professional plumbers may operate a water jetter that comes handy in expelling various obstructions within the sewer lines. It pumps water that has a 2000 to 6000 psi, having a forceful pressure capable of loosening and clearing grease, sludge, debris, and even intrusive roots that commonly impede the proper functioning of sewer pipes. Homeowners should monitor the substances and residues that they have to dispose into the drains since greasy, starchy and fibrous food remnants cause inconvenient sewer issues. For unpreventable clogs, water jets may be the ideal tool to restore your pipes to its good condition.

4. Rodding

Rodding is a maintenance procedure where it aims to clear out the obstructions found in the sewer line that impedes the smooth flow of its operations. Such blockages include the debris, sediment, and intrusive roots. The rodding device consists of various parts such as the cutting head and cables. Depending on various stoppages that one might encounter when clearing the pipe, you can find rodding devices that come in varying types. Rodding devices typically run at slow speeds but increasing its torque can accelerate its speed in clearing off the stoppages. The cutting head will effectively wound its way and cut off any obstructions within the sewer pipes.