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How to Tell If Your House Needs a Sewer Inspection

Sewer is like the blood flow of your house. If a vein gets clogged, well, you know what happens. Blocked pipes can cause such serious and expensive problems, yet inspection of the sewer is more often than not, not included in the list of the things to be inspected when buying a house.

Even if you’re not buying a new house, but have been living in your old one for quite a while, you should get your sewage inspected. No worries, there’s no need to dig around the place to get to the pipes, now there is the new technology of inspecting the sewer with a camera. This should be done regularly every now and then to prevent serious problems. However, if you notice any of these things, you need to call the inspecting company as soon as possible, without further delay.

Your House Is Over Twenty Years Old
Even if everything seems to be functioning well, the age itself is a reason enough to do an inspection. Just like with people, the older we are, the more check-ups we need to do. There are so many things that pile up in the pipes, and this blockage only increases with time.

So you probably don’t want to wait a few more years until an unexpected fountain in your toilet forces you to call for professional help, and also pay quite a painful amount of money. That’s why it’s always better to prevent such incidents, and what’s better for prevention than regular timely check-ups.

Your Drains Are Slow
This can be the first sign something is wrong with your sewer. Namely, all the drains are connected to the main sewer pipe. So if you can hear gurgling from all you drains while the water is going down them, it is definitely time for an inspection. This can be caused by a clog in the central sewer pipe, and that can result in serious chaos and damage without a timely intervention. That sewer blockage can be brought on by different things, from accumulated paper to tree roots fighting for their underground space and sometimes growing even through the pipes. If you have lived in your house for more than twenty years, nothing should be left to the case and everything is possible.

Another sign you need to check your sewer are the back-ups around your place. If the water suddenly rushes from the tub drain when you flush the toilet, it is a certain indicator something is off, so you better make an appointment with an inspector’s company.

Strange Patches Appear
In Your Yard Pay good attention to your yard, especially the grass, as it can be a clear indicator something is wrong with your sewer. If you notice unnaturally green parts on your lawn, it may be a sign your main sewer pipe is leaking, and this is not a joking matter. Another thing to keep an eye on are the areas that feel spongy when you step on them. It means the ground is soaked, and can you guess what has caused it?


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