The winter season is known to come with numerous concerns and threats to homeowners’ piping systems and sewer systems. The freezing temperatures and uncontrollable precipitation might cause your sewer pipes to freeze or even burst, and that is the last thing you want to hear about when it is freezing cold outside. This is especially the case if you live in a house that is more than 30 years old. As houses age, so do the sewer lines thus the chances are that yours will burst or suffer such a problem when the winter season comes. As winter approaches, you definitely want to have your sewer lines checked. Many homeowners do not find the importance of a pre-winter sewer inspection. However, with the many threats the winter poses to a sewer system, it should be a mandatory undertaking for every homeowner. There are many reasons why you should have your sewer lines inspected before winter and here are the top three.
Checking Identifies Problems Before They Become Expensive To Fix
No one likes dealing with sewer problems and no one thinks about a sewer line until a problem manifests itself such as a clogged kitchen or bathroom drain. During winter, plant roots tend to burst sewer lines in search of water because surface water is already frozen. It is, therefore, important to have sewer lines checked before winter to ascertain that there are no materials blocking the drainage or roots trying to penetrate the lines. In case roots are found to be close to the sewer lines, they can be trimmed, or the trees cut just to be on the safe side during winter.
Fix Any Leaking Lines and Pipes
Although many homeowners often underestimate the power of a leak, those with an experience of what a small leak can manifest into taking nothing for chance. The months before winter can be a nightmare for sewer systems. This is because the scorching heat causes pipes to expand and contract irregularly resulting in cracks. Extremely low temperatures can have devastating effects on a sewer line especially if there is a small crack. Low temperatures cause sewer pipes to contract and in the process, the small crack can turn into something big which can be a menace to a homeowner. It is for this reason that sewer lines must be checked before winter because repairing the leaking pipe during winter can be difficult.
Preventive Maintenance Procedures
Inspecting your sewer lines before winter is important so as to carry out preventive maintenance. If you live in a new house, the chances are that the piping system is still new and not damaged. However, this should not delude you into thinking that your lines are immune to any problems. In such a case, an inspection can help design procedures and activities that can be carried out to prevent problems on your sewer lines. Preventive maintenance procedures can cost you pennies compared to the cost of a major sewer system replacement that would stem from leaving your sewer lines un-inspected before the winter season.