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sewer line repairIf you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t want to think about having to conduct sewer line repairs. But the reality is that you’ll likely have to call in your local sewer contractors sooner or later. Have questions about sewer line repairs and maintenance? You’re definitely not alone. We’re answering a few of the most frequently asked questions we hear on a regular basis in today’s post.

Who is responsible for sewer line repairs: the homeowner or the city?
A lot of homeowners are under the impression that if their main sewer line breaks on a public street or underneath a city sidewalk, they aren’t responsible for making the repairs themselves. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The homeowner will typically be responsible for repairing all of their home plumbing, including blockages that impede public utilities. That means that, except in rare cases, you’ll need to contact (and pay for) these plumbing services yourself. It’s all part of being a property owner.

Does sewer repair always require a big mess in my yard?
Again, this might not be what you’re hoping to hear, but the answer is usually yes. That said, don’t let the fear of a backyard mess keep you from making necessary repairs to your sewer line! While you can expect large dirt piles, trenches, and construction equipment, sewer line repairs have to be done — and it’s better that they’re done sooner rather than later. Your plumbing contractors will do everything they can to leave your yard in good shape. You might have to deal with the sight of a dirt mound for a little while, but that’s only temporary. Ultimately, this contained mess is going to be preferable to major sewer problems, no doubt about it.

How often should main line sewer cleanings and maintenance be performed?
It may not be your favorite activity, but by performing regular maintenance on your sewer lines, you may be able to catch a problem before it becomes a true emergency. You should be as proactive as possible by scheduling regular maintenance to remove roots, build-up, and grease every two to five years, particularly if you’ve had repairs or section replacements performed in the past.

Are there ways to prevent a clogged sewer line?
According to the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, the number of backed up sewers is increasing at an alarming rate (by approximately 3% every year!). While professional maintenance and speedy repairs will certainly help, homeowners need to take steps in the interim to prevent sewer line clogs. You should refrain from flushing those “flushable” wipes and other hygiene products down your toilet, for one thing; they may say they’re okay to send down the drain, but they have a noted history of causing clogged pipes and other plumbing issues. You should also do what you can to keep trees and bushes away from your sewer lines, as their roots can actually grow into the pipes and cause them to clog or even break. You may want to consider using enzyme drain cleaners (rather than chemical-based cleaners) each month to flush out the pipes. These are more eco-friendly than other cleaners and are actually better for your pipes, too. And if you have a home with lead or clay pipes, think about having them replaced; they corrode easily and can make clogs much worse than necessary.

We hope that you found this sewer and pipe FAQ helpful. Whether you need sewer line replacement or have another type of plumbing emergency, our contractors are here to assist you. Contact us today to learn more.