Owning your first home is pretty exciting — until you realize all of the important things you’re going to have to start looking after and maintaining. One of the most important is the sewer system, since many of the modern conveniences of living in a home depend on it — like having running water and indoor plumbing. There are a few key parts of making sure that your sewer system is in good repair. Here’s what every new homeowner should know.
Good sewer care starts with prevention. Experts recommend having sewer lines checked out before even buying a house, but if you didn’t that’s okay. Make sure that you get them checked as soon as possible to make sure there are no issues. From inside the house, it’s important to make sure that you’re not putting grease or hair down your drains or flushing bulky items that should rather go in the trash.
Sewer Line Cleaning
Another step in ensuring that your sewer system is in good shape is getting the sewer lines cleaned every so often. Debris, bits of food, and things like tree roots can all build up and eventually cause blockages and breaks. It’s best to get sewer lines cleaned periodically so no issues escalate to the point where you’re looking at a sewer line repair cost instead of just a cleaning cost.
Sewer Line Repair
Replacing sewer lines that are damaged is an important part of keeping a well-maintained sewer system. It might not be ideal to rip up your yard to replace the lines, but there are methods of sewer line repair that don’t involve digging a huge trench — like the pipe bursting method (which has been on the market for 10 to 15 years but many homeowners still don’t know it’s an option).
Do you have any tips for other homeowners looking to keep a well-maintained and healthy sewer system? Feel free to share your thoughts and advice with us in the comments section below.