Video Inspection Unclogs Mystery About Sewer Backups
If there’s one thing worse than a sewer backup, it can often be the ongoing headaches and expense of repeatedly calling for rooter service. You are right to think there must be a better way than a series of patchwork solutions or heading straight for the back hole. Well, there is. Hire a trenchless expert to assess and treat the problem properly the first time it occurs without digging a single trench.
Persistent odors and backups are rarely the result of a temporary blockage. It’s normal to call a rooter service and snatch a short-term solution (the serial calls are the problem), most of the time unblocking the line with a drain cleaning machine. This may knock out the current tree root or impediment but there’s no guarantee that the problem is solved. Unfortunately, what often happens next is the collapse of your pipes, costing on average 40% more than an earlier repair would have.
Of course, unlike other home maintenance (painting comes to mind), it’s impossible to ignore a sewer issue. There are three obvious signs that shout “enough is enough” and that it’s time to take your sewer repair to the next level. First, take a look at your relationship with your rooter service. If you’re on a first name basis, due to repeated calls, chances are there’s more than too much toilet paper at play.
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Second, are your drains persistently slow and do your flushes seem to take forever? Slow drains and infinite swirls are “can’t miss” signs that your sewer pipes require some immediate attention. Finally, there’s no other pleasant way to put it, is there a lingering “sewer stench” in your home? A foul smell is often one of the earliest sign your pipes are misbehaving.
However, there’s more to it than just having a stinky home. Sewage backups can also spread illness and disease. In America, more than two million cases of illness are caused by sewage contamination, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, as contaminants, viruses, and bacteria invade our homes.
A quick word about “Plumbing Snakes.” A DIY homeowner often takes to the plumbing snake to address a slow drain. This may clear out small clog but it will never take care of a larger problem. Even if the drain works better afterwards, there’s a good chance the homeowner has applied a band aide to what often grows into a much larger problem. Professional hydro-jetting often frees the pipes from stubborn clogs but won’t address invasive roots and pipe fractures.
Many rooter companies may try to assess your sewer pipes and provide a major service estimate without actually investigating the pipe through a video inspection. This is a little like a doctor telling us that we need an operation based on only observations about that pain in our side. We wouldn’t go under the scalpel without an x-ray and we shouldn’t treat our pipes without video evidence either, especially when natural causes like wet weather or flooding can lead to sewer back up.
Max Greenberg, founder of The Trenchless Company, describes how the video inspection works. “Essentially we have a fiber optic cable with a camera on the end of it. We run through the access point like a clean out or wherever the drains are backing up. We can actually run the camera right through the drain and with a monitor we are able to see exactly what is going on inside the pipe.”
Greenberg says the video diagnosis doesn’t necessarily result in a major repair. In fact, the video camera is the only way to determine if a full line replacement is necessary or if a spot repair will take care of the problem. Also, unlike those trips to the auto mechanic, the homeowners can see for themselves exactly what’s going on before making their decision – the savings can be significant.
The Trenchless Company is committed to its video diagnosis of your sewer problem. They offer a standing $99 Rooter Service with Free Video Inspection and Multiple Options for a Trenchless Solution. It’s considerable discount on rooter service that can often lead to huge additional savings with their trenchless repair methods. Whether you need a spot repair or full line replacement, to move forward with 100% certainty leaves nothing to chance.
A sewer issue presents one of the least appealing and rarely expected challenges of home ownership. Over time, the main sewer line must contend with growing tree roots, age, even a shifting earth which means, at some point, you may be in for a line replacement. When you take advantage of the $99 Rooter with Free Video Inspection, you enter the repair with your eyes, and soon your nostrils, wide open.