Unlike many other cities, in Seattle the homeowner is responsible for maintaining the side sewer line on their property up until the point it attaches to the main city line. This means that if you’re interested in buying a house in Seattle, part of the negotiation process should include getting the entire sewer line video inspected. A professional plumber will be able to determine the pipe material, the overall condition of the line, whether any sections have been replaced already. Armed with this information, you’ll be able to work with the seller to determine who will be responsible for any necessary repairs.
A large number of homes in Seattle were built before the 1960s and often used clay or concrete pipes for their sewer line. These materials have a life expectancy of around 50 years, meaning that any lines that haven’t been replaced are at the end of their lifespan. You can find numerous stories of new Seattle homeowners who didn’t check the condition of the side sewers, only to discover they inherited a costly replacement job.
On top of that, because of Seattle’s hilly terrain, a broken line can often cause damage to surrounding properties as the sewage runs downhill. Even newer homes with PVC pipes could have potential issues. Unusual weather patterns (such as storms or droughts) and construction can cause the surrounding earth to shift, which can result in weakened joints or cracks. Once a break forms, sediment can start leaking in the line and plant roots will quickly follow— eventually causing a blockage.
Locally owned and operated in the Puget Sound area since 1968, Best Plumbing is well acquainted with the usual sewer challenges Seattle homeowners face. Our expert sewer inspection will reveal if a job requires a full replacement or smaller repair. When done correctly, a side sewer repair can save a lot of time and money and at Best Plumbing, our sewer specialists know how to get the job done right. Whether it’s renewing a broken section of piping or replacing an entire line, we will work to find the best solution to restore proper flow. Call us at 206-633-1700 or contact us here to schedule an appointment today!
The greater Seattle area enjoys a boisterous growing season, thanks to our more temperate climate, fertile soil, and generous annual rainfall. Great for gardens, this exuberant growth can spell trouble for underground sewer pipes. The coming weeks are the perfect time for Seattle homeowners to call a qualified plumber to inspect and protect their sewer pipes before the weather turns.
Sewer pipes are like magnets for roots in search of sources of water and nutrients, especially during dry conditions such as we experienced this summer. Poor installation, small cracks, or worn junctions and seals create a lure for these questing roots and offer them access to the pipe’s interior. Once roots get into the sewer pipe, they create blockages that, if left unaddressed, can result in sewage backing up into your home.
The worst way to discover a sewer problem is by having wastewater back up into your home. Emergency sewer repair is often more costly and a sewer backup can cause additional damage to your property that may require specialized assistance to safely clean and repair. Plus, nobody wants to be without hot water or a functional toilet in the middle of winter. Prevent this messy scenario by performing regular sewer maintenance to keep your pipes clear of roots and other blockages.
For savvy Seattle homeowners, hiring a professional plumber is the best way to ensure sewer pipes keep sewage flowing properly away. At Best Plumbing, our expert team members can conduct a complete sewer video inspection to assess the condition of your sewer pipes, identify threats, and clear out roots and clogs. When you are ready to secure your sewer pipes, contact Best Plumbing!
Sewer backups and overflows are costly and inconvenient. While the Best Plumbing team is always available to help fix your sewer problems, there are small things you can do to take care of your sewer, too. Here are a few basic tips to help you maintain your Seattle area home and prevent sewer backups.
Grease is a common cause of sewer blockages and backups. You should never pour cooking oil or grease down a drain or flush it down a toilet. Even if it’s in liquid form when you pour it down the drain, it will eventually cool and solidify, resulting in a blockage in your drain and sewer line. Rather than pouring grease down your pipes, always scrape it into the garbage.
You should always be careful about what you put in your garbage disposal. You should generally avoid putting any large, fibrous, or tough foods into your disposal, as they can cause damage or clogs. Also, to help prevent food from getting stuck, run cold water down the drain while using your garbage disposal.
If a drain becomes completely clogged, it’s usually best to call in a professional. The Best Plumbing team can remove the blockage and also test the pipe to check for leaks. However, you can also clean your drains once a month to help prevent blockages in your shower, sink, or tub. Start by pouring equal amounts of baking soda and white vinegar down the drain. Then, an hour later, flush it with plenty of warm water.
Plant and tree roots can cause leaks and blockages in sewer lines. The best way to avoid this is to simply keep trees and shrubs away from your home’s clean-outs and sewer. However, if there are already trees growing near your sewer line, pay close attention to your drain flow. If you notice any significant changes, call a plumber to check the line.
For help checking, maintaining, or fixing your sewer line, contact Best Plumbing! We serve homeowners in the greater Seattle area.