Preventative Maintenance

Preventative Maintenance

As a homeowner, you probably perform preventative maintenance duties throughout your home. Checking your air conditioning system, having your gutters cleaned, and having your heating system winterized. However, are you having your main sewer line cleaned?

Having sewer lines cleaned is one of the most overlooked maintenance tasks. We have had many customers ask, “How can I prevent my sewer from backing up like this again?” To prevent sewer lines from backing up and causing nasty water damage is to perform maintenance. Many people learn the hard way, which is the expensive and messy way. We are the professionals to call to help prevent these costly situations from arising from a blockage in your maintenance of your residential or commercial main sewer lines.

Sewer line

Causes of Sewer Line Backups

The reasons for residential main sewer lines backing up are vast. The most common causes are from the intrusion of tree roots, accumulation of grease, or pipe scale buildup. Knowing your type of sewer line is important to knowing what kind of maintenance to perform. Below are the different types of sewer lines in many houses.

Clay sewer lines

Homes built prior to the mid-1950’s typically used clay sewer lines. These sewer lines were first installed by using multiple sections of pipe measuring about three feet long on each end. These sewer lines run about 50 feet, and tree roots can enter the line, and feed on the water in the line.

Tree roots that are left to grow in the main sewer line will become thick. Once the roots become thick, toilet paper and other solids will cling together and cause a blockage in the main sewer line. We recommend having clay sewer lines professionally snaked using root cutting equipment at least once a year.

Fiber conduit sewer lines

Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, many houses used fiber conduit sewer lines, that were commonly called Orangeburg. These sewer lines were manufactured from tar and rolled wood pulp.

It is rare to have three roots grow into these lines. However, it has been found that these lines can deform in shape. Think of it as wet cardboard, fiber conduit can slowly egg shape and have a negative effect on the flow of sewer lines.

We can perform a video camera inspection to verify if your sewer is made of fiber
conduit. We recommend professionally cleaning these drains at least once a year, depending on how badly the line is deformed. 

Cast iron sewer lines

From the 1970’s through today, sewer lines are made of heavy duty cast iron piping. This is a much stronger piping with fewer joints than clay or fiber conduit.

Even though the cast iron is much stronger, it does have its flaws as well. Pipe scale can form because the pipe is made of iron, and hard rusty deposits form inside the pipe. These solids will eventually cause a blockage.

An annual cleaning out these sewer lines is helpful to keep the pipe scale deposits from building up too much.

Here at Rimbey’s Drain Cleaning, we are the professionals to call to discuss your options, and create your own tailor-made maintenance program. This program will be affordable, effective, and will keep your drains flowing trouble free.