Getting a Sewer Inspection Helps Save Homeowners Water and Money
If you live in a home that has a sewer and pipes that are over 40 years old, it may be time to have them replaced. The best way to determine if you need new pipes or if the old ones can be repaired is through a sewer inspection done by a licensed plumber who is a sewage repair contractor. This is especially true if you have a leaky shower because a shower head that leaks more than 10 drops per minute can lead to a household wasting over 500 gallons in a year.
The sewer inspection should begin with a sewer video inspection and a sewer camera inspection as well as a pipe inspection. Once this is complete, you will be quoted several different costs depending upon what work is deemed necessary. First and foremost, you will be given a price for a complete drain cleaning. This may be the only thing necessary to maintain the sewer system you currently have.
However, if there is extensive damage or corrosion, then the plumber who did your sewer inspection may also quote you a price for either a trenchless sewer repair or a standard sewer repair. While almost 80% of those surveyed on Angie?s List had never heard of a no dig or trenchless repair, it has been around for more than 10 years. Furthermore, it takes less time than traditional pipe repair and costs less.
Another service that you may be quoted on is that of replacing your current water heater. While the water heater is not part of a sewer inspection, replacement due to age may be necessary. This is because gas water heaters are usually good for six to eight years and electric water heaters last a bit longer and usually need to be replaced after eight to ten years of use. Therefore, when you have your trenchless sewer repair done, you may want to look into a new water heater as well because a more energy-efficient model will save you money when you decide to replace your old water heater.
Finally, if you believe that your water bill is higher than it should be, then it is time to have a sewer inspection done. A pipe replacement can help save up to 10% on your water bill after the pipe repair cost is taken into account. In addition, a trenchless sewer repair will help make it so that your household does not contribute to the over 10,000 gallons of water wasted each year through leaks and rusty pipes. Contact one of the almost 400,000 licensed plumbers in the U.S. to schedule your sewer inspection before it is too late.