Research shows that most American households experience frequent leaks that can cost homeowners hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damages and water loss. Up to 35% of residential toilets experience some form of leakage, although most of it goes unseen. Even something as inconspicuous as a leaky pipe or faucet can waste hundreds or thousands of gallons of water per year depending on the frequency and severity of the drip. Estimates suggest that the average leaks a household experiences contributes to over 10,000 gallons of wasted water — this is enough water to run 270 loads of laundry. Finding and correcting easy-to-fix household water leaks can save homeowners as much as 10% on their monthly water bills; unfortunately it is the leaks that go unseen that prove to be the real problems homeowners need to worry about.
The Dangers of Defective Sewer Piping
Pipes installed before the 1970s typically consisted of clay; this means that they can erode over time resulting in leaks. Moreover the delicate pipes are easily penetrated by tree roots which can span diameters that are up to three times larger than the actual tree’s canopy. Defective sewer piping isn’t just an inconvenience, it can lead to serious health issues. Backed up sewer lines caused by tree roots can introduce dangerous sewage-borne pathogens into your home environment, putting entire families at risk unless a plumber is contacted.
Professional Sewer Replacements
Plumbers have a variety of tips, tricks, and techniques to diagnose pipes in a similar fashion to the way a doctor diagnoses patients. With a combination of experience and drain video diagnostics, professionals can determine the cause of obstructions and suggest actions that homeowners should take. Traditional sewer repair and replacement requires extensive excavations to get to the lines, causing pricy landscaping repairs; thankfully there are now trenchless sewer repair techniques that can reduce landscaping damage by up to 90%. By making just one or two holes, trenchless sewer repair can bypass the need to dig up an existing line — in fact, trenchless sewer repair actually uses that existing line as a guide to repair a pipe using cured-in-place piping or replace a whole pipe using a technique called pipe bursting which simultaneously destroys the existing line.