WHEN SHOULD YOU HAVE YOUR SEWER INSPECTED?
When buying a new home.
If the home was built in post-1940 through the 1950s, sewer lines were often constructed with Orangeburg pipes (tar paper construction – bound with adhesives and coated with tar). Homes built prior to the 1960s used a different type of sewer line which may not hold up to today’s code standards.
When the house is 20+ years old.
If you live in a home that is over 20 years old or even older, it’s always a good idea to schedule a sewer and drain video inspection to make sure the tree roots, shrubs, or age have not impacted or infiltrated your sewer lines.
We’ve seen even the tiniest roots make their way into the smallest imperfections or cracks in a sewer line and expand. When those roots grow large enough, they can break the sewer pipes, leading to extensive excavation.
Our technicians are experienced and will be able to tell you what materials were used to construct your sewer line and if it holds up to today’s standards and codes.
A mass of tree roots coming out of the connection where a side sewer meets the sewer mainline.
Have your sewer regularly scoped and cleaned, especially in locations with older pipes and dense tree canopy.
A tree’s roots will grow up to two times the length of the tree’s height. Therefore, removing trees above or near side sewers will not likely fix a root problem.