Continue our “Did You know” series, today we will discuss sewer lines in older home. Since the majority of homes in America were built between 1955 and 1990 there’s a good chance you live in a home that’s older than you! Just like people, homes will begin to suffer problems related to their age, and one of the most vulnerable parts of any home is the plumbing. Even if everything appears fine, without constant maintenance and upkeep your plumbing will experience all kinds of issues that can become very costly for you.
Sewer Lines: Even if the internal plumbing of your home is working just fine you may
still experience issues with draining because of the plumbing just outside
your house. Homeowners also own and are responsible for the sewage line
from the house to the street, and that bit of pipe can be a big source
of headaches in older homes.
The most common materials for sewer lines are cast iron, plastic, and clay, and each of those can experience major issues. Clay pipes are susceptible to root intrusion and breaks; cast iron can corrode and rust and break; plastic is durable and unlikely to corrode but is at risk of being crushed and bent out of alignment. All three can become plugged due to any number of causes, from debris to grease to paper towels. There is no perfect solution for sewage lines which is why annual upkeep and maintenance are extremely important.
Even if the material is in perfect working order, brand new, and there are no clogs, sewer lines can still fail due to the movement of the earth beneath the home. The earth’s surface is constantly and slowly shifting due to the movement of tectonic plates and over time the house can shift along with it. This may cause bellies, curves, or dips, to form in the pipes. Over time, debris and sediment can settle inside of these areas causing blockages.
If you live in an older house and would like to feel secure about your plumbing, contact Do It Right Plumbers today. Our teams are available to provide the best plumbing services in the industry. Call us at (949)829-4880 today!