Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.
Are you the new owner of a house? Are you making a list of things that need to be done regularly in order to keep everything running smoothly? While you may already know about changing air filters or putting up storm shutters to protect your windows, there are other tasks that are less obvious. One of these things that should be done is to have your sewers inspected and cleaned out every year. Here are some reasons why you should add this to your list of chores.
Roots: A sewer line is a perfect growing environment for plant roots, especially those of trees and shrubs. Once any roots find a way into the sewer line, they will find both nutrients and moisture, things that every plant needs to grow. The plants may then slowly force the pipes apart as they grow and expand to take over the whole diameter of the pipe for some length. A yearly sewer cleaning and inspection will allow your plumber to look for signs that roots have found their way into the pipes. If they have, he or she can hopefully take care of the issue while the roots are still relatively small in size, before they start to cause serious clogs.
Settling: Over time, a sewer line can start to settle into the ground. Instead of having a gentle slope like it's supposed to, there will be slight dips or bumps where the pipe didn't settle evenly. A yearly sewer cleaning can help prevent debris from accumulating in these depressions, removing waste matter that would start to cause the pipe to clog and become useless. When coupled with a camera inspection, your plumber can let you know if he or she spots any telltale signs of settling. If spotted early, your plumber may be able to correct the problem with the material that has started to settle without needing to dig up and replace the entire sewer pipe length.
Decay: Although many modern sewer lines are made of decay-resistant plastic, older sewer lines may have been made of other things. In years past, sewer lines were made of things like clay pipes, iron pipes, and even pipes made of a cardboard-like material called Orangeberg. Exposed to wastewater products over the years, these types of pipes can start to rust, rot, or otherwise decay. A yearly sewer cleaning can let you know whether your pipes are showing signs of decay. Your plumber can then let you know approximately how long you have to set aside funds so that the pipes can be repaired. Without the cleaning and inspection, you could suddenly wake up one day to clogged toilets or a basement flooded with sewer water.
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26 August 2016