Would you buy a home before checking out the interior or walking around the yard? Probably not. Most prospective buyers look at a house from top to bottom, hiring an inspector to go over the property with a fine-tooth comb. But despite all the scrutiny, sewer lines are seldom examined.
Getting to the Root of the Problem
A lot of thought and care goes into finding the right home, so you want to make sure the home you choose is ready for move-in as soon as you are. Older neighborhoods sometimes have clay or concrete pipes and sewers made from these materials are particularly vulnerable to damage by tree roots. Roots are drawn to moisture that seeps from leaking or cracked pipes.
The roots grow into the cracks, and over time the roots grow and the cracks get larger. Eventually, a mass of roots along with attendant debris, fills the line. The sewer backs up. Tree roots cause significant damage to pipes. Excavation is sometimes required to repair this damage. When damage is extensive, expenses quickly add up.
Once Upon a Cesspool
Historic homes in southeast Portland and other areas predate city sewers. In these homes, cesspools were often used. When neighborhoods connected to sewer lines, the cesspools were sometimes connected to the sewer line.
Some of these septic systems were never decommissioned. They can potentially collapse and cause other problems. A sewer inspection can uncover some of these problems. The City of Portland published this guide to help locate old cesspools.
Not Just for Vintage Properties
It’s not just century-old homes that can have problems, though. It’s a good idea to have a sewer inspection in a home that’s over 20 years old. Two decades is ample time for tree roots to grow and problems to develop.
How Is a Sewer Inspection Done?
A qualified plumbing company can do a sewer inspection. When Apollo inspects a sewer, we attach a small video camera to a snake. The snake is inserted into the pipes. A plumber views a monitor that shows the progress of the camera through the sewer.
The inspection shows the condition of the pipes, and whether there are cracks, tree roots or clogs. Our experienced plumbers will be able to identify the pipe material. If repairs are needed, the plumber can estimate the extent and cost of the work.
Looking for a Silver Lining
Inspections don’t always turn up bad news. Sometimes you may discover an old home has a new sewer line. Repairing a sewer line may be easier than anticipated. Apollo uses CIPP, an excavation-free technique to repair pipes. Whatever the case, it’s better to know ahead of time what you’re getting into. Get in touch with Apollo Drain and speak with an experienced technician to ensure your new home is up-to-par and ready for move-in.
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I can’t say enough good things about this company. Had a sewer repair needed and had a very short amount of time due to closing on a house sale. Every single person I encountered from Marquita doing logistics for my job to every member of the work crew. Friendly, communicated well, totally responsive and really cared to help me through this very stressful job. All of the people I encountered were role models for what a well run service business should be. Much thanks and appreciation. You’re great.
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Don is always so helpful and knowledgeable. I really appreciate all the crew members on the Apollo team. I'm a Property Manager so typically I will have several projects for Apollo to address during a single visit. They are easy to interact with and EXCELLENT plumbers. I highly recommend Apollo.
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STARK STREET PIZZA COMPANY
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NEXTHOME NW REALTY
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