Essential Home Care: The Importance of Yearly Residential Sewer Lateral Maintenance


Greetings to our valued readers!

I am Andrew Rowland, the General Manager of Nigel Mulgrew Plumbing, Inc., your trusted partner in all plumbing needs. Today, I'll talk about a significant yet often overlooked aspect of home maintenance – your residential sewer lateral.

The sewer lateral, which connects your home to the municipal sewer system, is usually hidden beneath the ground, making it easy to ignore. Yet, its regular maintenance is crucial to prevent potential damage and costly repairs. An annual check-up of your sewer lateral can keep your home running smoothly, safeguard your health, and save your pocket from unexpected expenses.

The Necessity of Sewer Lateral Maintenance

Let's delve into the main reasons why yearly sewer lateral maintenance should be a priority:

Preventing High-Cost Repairs: Problems with the sewer line can quickly escalate into severe damage if left unattended, leading to hefty repair costs. Regular inspection helps identify potential issues, preventing costly emergency repairs.

Safeguarding Health: Sewage backups can pose serious health risks by exposing your family to hazardous bacteria and pathogens. Regular maintenance ensures that wastewater is safely and efficiently disposed of, maintaining a clean and hygienic living environment.

Preserving Property Value: Regularly maintained homes, including their sewer lines, retain their property value better. This can be a considerable advantage when you decide to put your property on the market.

The Hidden Dangers of Commercial Drain Cleaners

While on the subject of sewer maintenance, it's vital to address some common misconceptions about commercial drain cleaners like Drano. Although they may seem like a quick fix for clogged drains, they often cause more harm than good.

Pipe Damage: The harsh chemicals in drain cleaners can corrode your pipes, leading to leaks or even pipe bursts.

Environmental Impact: These chemicals are harmful to the environment, posing a risk when they find their way into our water systems.

Short-Term Fix: Drain cleaners provide a temporary solution. They may dislodge minor blockages but don't address significant clogs or other severe issues.

Health Hazards: Drain cleaners can cause skin and eye irritation, respiratory problems, and can be dangerous if accidentally ingested or mixed with other household chemicals.

At Nigel Mulgrew Plumbing, Inc., we recommend avoiding frequent use of these products. Regular clogs could be a sign of a more significant issue that a professional plumber should address.

What to Expect from Yearly Sewer Lateral Maintenance?

An annual sewer lateral maintenance typically involves:

A professional inspection with a sewer camera to identify potential issues such as blockages, tree root intrusions, or pipe cracks.
A comprehensive cleaning, typically via hydro-jetting, to clear any obstructions and buildup.
Repair work or preventative actions as required, based on the inspection findings.
By having your sewer lateral checked annually, you can ensure the optimal functioning of your home's wastewater disposal system.

At Nigel Mulgrew Plumbing, Inc., we offer exceptional sewer lateral maintenance services. If you haven't had your sewer line inspected in the last year or are experiencing recurring drain issues, please reach out to us. Our expert team is ready to help.

Don't wait for a crisis to occur. Prioritize preventative maintenance over emergency repairs. Keep your home's plumbing healthy and functioning efficiently with annual sewer lateral maintenance!

Best Regards,

Andrew Rowland
General Manager, Nigel Mulgrew Plumbing, Inc.

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