The side sewer is the unsung hero of your plumbing that plays a vital role in helping keep your household clean and healthy. Learn how to locate and properly maintain your side sewer to keep your entire plumbing system running smoothly!
The side sewer is the line that carries wastewater from sinks, toilets, and other drains away from your home to the main city sewer line located under the street. If it gets clogged or damaged, waste can back up into your home!
If you own property in Seattle, you are also the proud owner of its side sewer. Therefore, it’s important that you know its location. You can find information about your property’s utility lines on the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (DCI) website using their interactive search tool. If you live outside of the Seattle area, try contacting your city utility department. Once you know where you’re sewer line is located, have it professionally inspected to look for any signs of damage.
Regularly cleaning out your sewer line can go a long way towards preventing a costly repair in the future. For instance, hire a professional to cable your pipes and remove plant roots every couple of years. Also, periodically have the sewer line jetted to remove any waste build up inside the pipe.
Need help with your side sewer? Contact the experts at Best Plumbing today! Our fully licensed plumbers will conduct a video inspection, clean the line, and repair any issues to keep your home plumbing working perfectly! For more useful plumbing tips and tricks, check out our YouTube channel!
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Do you have an older home in the Seattle or Bellevue area? If so, you may want to take a closer look at your water and sewer system. Many homes that were built before the 1960s have galvanized pipes, which are now known to be vulnerable to corrosion and are potentially hazardous. Fortunately, the Best Plumbing team can help you identify if your pipes are galvanized and install new piping if necessary.
Galvanized pipes are iron pipes that have been coated with a layer of zinc. They were commonly used in homes until around the 1960s. The problem with these pipes is that over time, the zinc erodes, causing corrosion to form on the inside walls of the pipes.
There are several issues that can arise from galvanized pipes. The first is that the corrosion sediments can clog the pipes, slowing the flow of water. This may result in low water pressure throughout your home. The second problem is that when the zinc lining corrodes, it can leach lead and other impurities into your water. A third concern is the increased potential for undetected leaks. Generally, when a pipe springs a leak, it’s near a seal or where two pipes meet — which can make them easier to spot. However, in the case of deteriorating galvanized pipes, leaks can occur anywhere along the pipe where rust has corroded through. This means that even if they’re small, these leaks can cause considerable damage before you locate them.
If you suspect that your home may still have galvanized pipes, give Best Plumbing of Seattle a call! We will carefully inspect your water and sewer systems to determine what kind of pipes you have. If necessary, we can also repipe your home with a safer, more durable option like copper. Though it may seem like a daunting project, our professional team will make the process a smooth and efficient one – and you’ll rest easy knowing that your water is clean and safe. Learn more on our website or visit our YouTube channel to see our team in action!
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