08 Mar 2011

Sewer Pipe Inspection: An Inspection Today Keeps the Roots Away

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Admit it, you don’t like to think about your sewer lines – not even when they’re behaving themselves. “Out of sight, out of mind” goes the saying. That’s fine for the dust bunnies under your bed, but it’s not a great way to ward off potential plumbing disasters.

When do I need one? If you have older sewer lines, the answer is — yesterday! Do you live in an older Austin neighborhood such as Tarrytown, Allandale, or Hyde Park? If you do, then your sewer lines may date back to the 1930s. Unless they’ve been replaced already, these sewer lines are still relying on the original Orangeburg, Claytile or simple cement pipes installed in my grandfather’s time as a plumber. These materials enjoyed a lot of popularity as sewer piping up through the 1960s – and that’s a problem, because they don’t last. These materials start to disintegrate over time, allowing tree roots to grow right into the pipe and block it up. And then your sewer service fails.

How does it work? A sewer line inspection can spot any blockages inside pipes. We use the latest technologies to make this process fast and simple. We snake a fiber optic cable equipped with a video camera down into the pipe and run it through the entire length of the sewer line. If we see that the pipes are blocked up or falling apart, we can install new PVC pipes into your sewer line. PVC doesn’t disintegrate, meaning that roots can’t poke their way into your line.

What does it cost? Not much – if you act now. We’re running a special $150 sewer line inspection for a limited time. No matter how old your neighborhood, a quick inspection now can save you a lot of headaches later. Call for details!

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