Few words in the homeowner lexicon conjure up as much fear as ‘sewer line replacement’. Even if you are a diligent homeowner who tries to stay on top of everything, the fact that this oh-so-important part of your home lies underground away from your proactive gaze makes it even worse when something goes wrong because when it goes, it goes.
If the cards are dealt and sewer repair is front and center, you’ll need to approach the issue with a very level head. This is an important point to make as nothing will be solved by getting bent out of shape about the repairs to be done. It has to get done, so move forward. You also need to prepare for a full-scale project. Repairing your sewer system or replacing a sewer line is not a small job, and if there is a lot of physical stuff in the way, the cost starts mounting. Breaking up concrete sidewalks, undoing landscaping, and even the possibility of other damage taking place are all factors in the price increasing.
You need to also consider that in order for this type of work to get done, paperwork has to be filed to obtain permits & other regulatory documents from the city. Public works codes have to be adhered to, and this bureaucratic aspect to sewer work can take time to navigate. This means you’ll have to probably make arrangements regarding where & your family will stay as your home’s facilities will be out of service.
If this weren’t enough to completely make your sewer saga tragic enough, you need to also be willing to find the right plumbing company to do the job right the first time. The right plumber has to have the most knowledge, the right licensure & certifications, and they need to have experience in all manner of sewer repair. Remember, you want to be sure to avoid this type of repair for as long as possible, hopefully years. Getting the right people in will mean it’s done right from the start.
With all this factored into sewer repair and sewer line replacement, what’s a homeowner to do? Be proactive. As part of your home’s yearly projects, include having a dependable local plumber to come to your home and inspect your sewer line/system once a year. They’ll be able to see if there is anything wrong and help you take the proper steps to remedying the problem before it becomes a massive issue down the line. Watch where you plant things as roots can often cause damage to sewer lines, and also, be mindful of what you flush down the toilet.
Sewer line replacement & repair is something all homeowners try to avoid. However, it seems as though everyone will contend with this issue at some point in their lives. By maintaining a practical, proactive approach to these types of repair, though, you lay the groundwork for making level-headed decisions when time is of the essence.