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In many parts of the country, the local municipal government is responsible for maintaining the sewer line once it leaves an individual property. However in our neck of the woods, Seattle Public Utilities and Tacoma Sewer District mandate that it is the obligation of the property owner to keep the entire sewer pipe, which runs from the owner’s property to the city main, in working condition.
For instance, if there is a crack in the sewer line that is technically on city property, such as under a sidewalk or street, but if the crack isn’t in the city’s main line, the homeowner still has to pay for repairs and sewer line replacement costs. The homeowner is also responsible for paying for a work permit in this situation.
Unfortunately, many homes in the Pacific Northwest have sewer lines that are reaching their life expectancy and may need to be replaced. Older homes generally have concrete sewer lines and these lines have a maximum life expectancy of about 80 years. If your home is 60 or more years old, it’s a good idea to have your pipes inspected.
Finding yourself with a sewer line that needs to be replaced can be stressful, but Hunt’s Plumbing and Mechanical can help. Our certified technicians specialize in sewer inspections and will come up with a solution to any problems that are present. The sewer repair experts at Hunt’s will also go over all of your options with you, so that you end up with a solution that you can stomach.
Give us a call at 253-927-5862 and we can ensure that your replace or repair sewer job goes as smoothly as possible.
When your Seattle sewer line breaks, a number of different problems can arise. For starters, you could end up with sewage spilling on your property. Of course, this is a sure sign that you have a major problem on your hands, but the evidence isn’t always this clear.
In some situations, your pipes could be 10 or 20 feet beneath the surface. As a result, you probably won’t even realize that you have a broken sewer line right away. Once this break is present, roots, soil, and other debris can get into your line, leading to backups and clogs.
There have even been cases where rats have walked up the sewer line and into homes via the toilet. Of course, this is a horrifying experience for homeowners, but, luckily, there is something that you can do right away to eliminate the chance of this happening to you.
Start this process by calling Hunt’s Plumbing and Mechanical at 253-927-5862. We will send a registered side sewer contractor to your home to have a look at your sewer line. Inspections are the simplest way to avoid major problems, as we can sometimes repair the line before it needs to be replaced.
We use state of the art equipment to handle sewer line camera inspections. This is done by sending a camera into your sewer line to look for damage. The camera can find exactly where the problem is, how serious it is, and help us determine the best course of action.
When dealing with concrete pipes, it is relatively easy to tell how much life the pipes have left just by looking at them, which is one of the reasons why this method of inspection is so efficient in the Seattle and Tacoma area.
When the sewer line can no longer be repaired, or if it is old enough that a full replacement is deemed the best options, you will have some options at your disposal.
The old way of replacing a sewer line was to dig up your yard, take out the old line, and install a new one. Although we try to avoid this method as much as possible, there are situations where it is the only way of doing things. Our technicians will go over your options with you before we get started, so that you have an idea which method will work the best for your home.
If at all possible, we will do a trenchless sewer line repair or replacement. We handle this job with a process called directional boring where we push a new pipe inside the old one, bursting the old pipe into the soil. Trenchless sewer repair is the least invasive method available and the end result is that you have a brand new sewer line without us having to dig up your yard.
Another thing to keep in mind is that when buying a home, your basic home inspection won’t cover much of the home’s sewer line, if any at all. Even if the home looks to be thoroughly renovated, there is no way of knowing what kind of shape the side sewer is in without calling a plumber.
A beautiful, newly renovated home could still have some serious potential plumbing issues that will need to be fixed sooner, rather than later, so give us a call before signing on the dotted line to ensure that you aren’t getting more than you bargained for.
With all the rain we get in Puget Sound, pipes can easily shift, causing them to crack or break. The area also benefited from major population growth during the 1940s, which means that many homes are 70+ years old and have sewer lines that match.
If you are living in an older home and believe that the sewer pipes are original, give Hunt’s Plumbing and Mechanical a call at 253-927-5862 to have a look at your situation. We can handle your sewer line replacement in King and Pierce Counties quickly and efficiently, giving you one less thing to worry about.
Having a healthy sewer line is essential to the value of your property as a whole, as well as your individual health. Our team of certified technicians has dealt with every sewer line issue imaginable in this area and are standing by to field your call 24 hours per day.
We are available for emergency plumbing service and drain cleaning, too, should you run into a plumbing problem in the middle of the night.
Remember, once Hunt’s Plumbing and Mechanical is on the job, your problem doesn’t stand a chance.