Most homeowners never really think about their sewer lines until something serious occurs like a backup or a pipe burst, or any other kind of sewer line replacement job.
This of course makes it rather difficult for homeowners to have a thorough understanding in terms of what they should know when these types of issues occur, so here are the 5 common questions that many experts get from homeowners pertaining to their sewer lines and sewer line replacement.
We’re very lucky to have partnered up with the Utah-based experts in Beehive Plumbing to provide us with these common industry questions, so take it from the pros that these are the main questions that concern homeowners when it comes to their sewer lines!
- How long do sewer lines last?
There are always going to be an array of factors that come into play when it comes to determining how long a sewer line may last, and some of these factors include things like proximity to trees, the piping material, etc. The odds are that if your home has a sewer line that is over 40 years old, then it may likely need to be replaced within the near future.
There are also many instances in which newer homes will require regular maintenance and checkups in order to better ensure the overall longevity of a property’s sewer lines. There are many instances in which newer homes actually have their sewer lines connected to older pipes, so conducting video sewer line inspections will always go a long way in terms of helping you know what’s down there and how long it may last.
Proper inspections conducted by experts will help you to better know if you may potentially experience issues like cracks, joint failures, tree root infiltrations, bulges and much more. Having professional plumbing teams do this type of preventative inspection can also help you eventually save a lot in terms of future repairs and potential backups.
- If my sewer line ends up becoming damaged, who exactly is responsible for making sure it gets fixed?
Although there may be some rare instances in which a municipality will be responsible for making these types of sewer line repairs on private properties, for the most part it’s always on the homeowner to maintain their own sewer line that is found within their property’s ground up to the municipal sewer main line.
Of course if there are issues that are permeating from the municipal sewer lines, then the city will be responsible for making these types of adjustments and repairs. This is part of the reason why it’s so important to have a professional conduct thorough inspections, because they’ll be able to help you determine the root cause of your sewer line issues and help you when it actually is a municipality’s liability!
- Will my homeowner’s insurance help me to cover the costs associated with sewer line repairs and damages?
It’s a sad truth, but the majority of homeowner’s insurance plans won’t cover your sewer line repair costs when the sewer line’s damages are the result of long-term wear and tear. This is why you should always take a thorough look through your homeowner’s insurance policy when it comes to covering these types of sewer line repair/replacement requirements.
There are some companies that will help homeowners out when it comes to covering some of the losses associated with a sewer line backup, and this is mainly oriented around the subsequent damages and repair costs that a backup will create throughout your property.
- What are the main causes of sewer line damages?
Many homes that were built before 1980 experience sewer line damages as a result of tree root infiltrations that can get into the pipe joints and cause major issues.
Some of the other common causes include things like accidental damage from digging, inevitable wear and tear over long periods of time, and other acts of nature like natural disasters and floods.
- What are my options when my sewer line has become damaged?
For many years homeowners had to rely upon digging up deep trenches in order to access their sewer pipes and extract the damaged area, but these days there is much more advanced technology when it comes to conducting trenchless sewer line repairs.
This entails fixing a sewer line from actually within the line by clearing a damaged area and relining it without doing any type of digging!
Reach Out To The Experts At Beehive Plumbing For More Information About Sewer Line Replacement!
Sewer line replacement and repairs is always something that requires a professional team to come to your property and handle every detail with the utmost care, so if you have any further questions feel free to reach out to the experts at Beehive Plumbing via the link at the top of the article!