Your side sewer connects your home’s sewer system to the main city sewer system. It is vital for carrying everyday waste from your home to the sewer. It should connect to all of your home’s sinks, toilets, and other drainage areas.
Because your side sewer is vital to connect to the main sewer, making sure it is working properly is equally important. If your side sewer suddenly becomes blocked or leaks, you can have serious problems on your hands. Use the tips below to keep your side sewer in good working order.
1. Know where your side sewer is located.
Having an idea of where your side sewer is located can help you spot problems and avoid harming it. If you are the Seattle area, you can find side sewer information by contacting the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. Most information can be found on their website.
Keep in mind that, as a homeowner, the side sewer is your responsibility. The city maintains only the central city sewer system.
2. Get an idea of the condition of your side sewer.
Many homeowners make the mistake of only thinking about their side sewer when there is a problem. If you know the condition of your side sewer before a problem crops up, then you can better prepare for it. It will often also be a cheaper fix if you spot it before it causes damage, as well.
Contact Best Plumbing to schedule a sewer inspection to have your side sewer examined. We will be able to run a camera through your side sewer to spot problem areas, such as roots growing in, broken pipes, and other leaking areas.
3. Only flush toilet paper and properly dispose of other substances.
You should avoid putting anything down your drains that will harm your pipes or cause a blockage. By flushing only toilet paper, you can cut down on very common clogs. You should also properly dispose of grease, fats, and oils by putting these in the trash or recycling them properly.
4. Use a professional to repair and replace your side sewer.
Your side sewer is important. You should leave repairing and replacing the sewer to professionals. In Seattle, many older homes have side sewers that weave a unique path over more than one person’s property as well. Having a professional determine where problems lie will help you avoid confrontation with neighbors or other property owners.
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As a homeowner, you might think you have to fix plumbing problems yourself. While you might clear a simple clog or even clean out your P-trap without issue, not all plumbing concerns are this easy. Sometimes, your fix addresses the symptom but not the cause and there are times when you are much better off hiring a professional. Here are four cases you’ll want to call a professional team like the one here at Best Plumbing for help.
When the toilet doesn’t flush, it can be tempting to keep pressing the lever. This is the last thing you want to do. Toilet problems can go from messy to disastrous in a hurry, particularly if it isn’t controlling the flow of water. Instead of plunging it yet again, shut off the water valve and call for expert assistance. This will keep the water in the bowl and not all over your floor.
Turning on a faucet to see only a trickle (or nothing at all) could be caused by a variety of issues. There may be a blockage or even a broken or burst pipe. If the water isn’t going to the faucet, you need to discover quickly where it is going. In this case, you should turn off the home’s water supply and schedule emergency service.
Your water heater has many devices to help it heat water for your home. When one of these breaks down, you may encounter leaks. Finding a small pool of water surrounding your water heater is your cue to take immediate action. Leaks can be a sign of issues like tank corrosion or dangerous pressure levels inside.
Taking care of clogs on occasion is a common task, but there’s a point when you should consult a professional. Almost anyone can buy and learn how to correctly use a plunger or auger. These tools help you keep the drains flowing naturally. If you find that you are constantly fixing clogs, it’s time to schedule a repair. Repeat clogs might mean that there is an obstruction further down the line, or other problems you need a plumber to fix.
Since most of your plumbing sits out of sight, it can develop problems that you do not notice until they reach crisis levels. When it comes, you need to be prepared to handle it in a hurry. Best Plumbing is ready to assist residents in greater Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, and beyond with 24-hour emergency service. To request emergency repairs, contact us online or call 206-633-1700.