Sewer line repair or replacement doesn’t seem to make homeowners happy. For a good reason too. It can be a very costly job that leaves you unable to fix the issue or spend thousands to fix a water infrastructure issue. As a restoration company, we make our money primarily through other’s mistakes or negligence against maintenance. With integrity being one of our primary missions as a company, we still want to provide information to our customers to save them money in the long term. Correct information means being upfront about any issues a client may have and not attempting to raise the price of an easy job that isn’t justified. I’ve dealt with and unfortunately worked for companies who encouraged this behavior, and I don’t tolerate it. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to restore some order via the web to ensure homeowners aren’t getting cheated out of their hard-earned money.
We’ve been a part of countless jobs that cause water damage on a massive level.
To provide the most value, I put together a list of things you can do to prevent unneeded repairs or replacements in the future.
Check External Drains Yearly
This will ensure that damage or blockage of drains becomes apparent early, and prevents a bigger problem.
How to check your external drains, you will need to locate them first. Usually, there is a grated style system leading to the drain. Sometimes this can get plugged with leaves or other natural debris. You won’t always need professional or special tools to get this cleared out yourself if the issue persists after attempting to remove the trash. The problem usually lies within the line right beneath it. Sometimes surface clogs can be done by hand, but depending on your tool availability or experience, it’s best to call a professional for bigger issues like this.
If you have a septic tank, you should also make sure it is inspected and pumped every three to five years. Preventing costly problems down the line if neglected.
Installation of Sump Pumps
Installing one of these sump pumps will siphon the excess water from your house and remove it. Also, it will reduce the time your household is susceptible to sewage and water in case a backup were to occur.
One of the most important things to consider installing is a back-flow valve within your primary sewage connection. This will activate and prevent any further water in the event of a backup, saving you thousands in water damage possibility.
It may seem trivial and not worth the extra time or money to get one of these if you don’t already have one. I will tell you most issues that Plumbing Durango tells me about could have been prevented with a simple fix such as a back-flow valve. I guess you could save back-flow valves are like life insurance. You don’t need it until you need it. Here at Metzker, we highly recommend them to our clients. Without even installing them personally, there is no stake in this game of selling our clients on an extra service. We like to be as transparent as possible. If you are interested in getting one of these installed, we typically send them to our only and most trusted companies plumbing Durango.
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