Because of the potential high cost of repairs, we believe having a video sewer scope inspection performed is the second most important item you should have in addition to your home inspection. Many out of state home buyers are unaware that in Colorado they may be responsible for sewer line repairs from the home to the city sewer main. These repairs can cost from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. Having a sewer inspection can help you make a better informed decision regarding your home purchase and/or negotiate the cost of repairs as part of your home purchase. If you’re purchasing a condo or townhome, be sure to check with the HOA to understand what portion of the sewer line you may be responsible for as they vary greatly.
We can coordinate a sewer scope inspection performed by one of our trusted third parties to take place during your home inspection.
Cast Iron Pipes:
Cast Iron Pipes-Little Known Facts: Cast Iron Pipe is a pipe made predominantly from gray cast iron. It was historically used as a pressure pipe for transmission of water, gas, and sewage, and as a water drainage pipe during the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Little cast iron pipe is currently manufactured since ductile iron pipe is widely accepted as a superior product as is PVC. Many public utilities, municipalities, and private industries still have functional cast iron pipes in service to this day. These cast iron pipes are likely to fail due to expansive soils due and to the rigidness of the pipe. They will show their age in the scaling and corrosion along the pipe.
Clay Pipes-Little Known Facts: The first known example of when clay pipes were used for plumbing dates, back to 4000 BCE in Babylonia. This is often considered the birthplace of urban plumbing. Clay remained a popular material for city plumbing and drainage systems through the early 1900s. Manufacturing plants popped up in towns wherever there was a need for plumbing and an adequate supply of clay to use as a raw material. With Clay sewer lines it is very common to see offset joints at the connections. Common causes for these offset are expansive soils moving the pipe and another reason could also be questionable/ poor installation.
Please note: It is common for tree roots to enter the sewer line at the offset joints and it not necessarily indicating a need for repair, however, would require periodic maintenance and cleaning every 1-3 years depending on the volume of use.
Specialty Household Items to Use:
If you notice a slow draining bathroom or kitchen sink it is recommended to use Green Gobbler to relieve the present buildup and is safe to use for drain lines within the home.
Other General Guidelines:
Please limit the food you dispose of down the kitchen drain line, vegetable skins, fruit skins and seeds, coffee grounds, and eggshells as those are some of the most common materials to cause major grease build up in your sewer lines. Cooking oils and grease should be collected in a storage container and thrown away in the garbage after cooled.
To help maintain your garbage disposal it is recommended to run 1/2 cup of ice chips, cubes or shavings while the cold water is running and the disposal turned on and running, doing so once a week will help remove grease and debris built up in the disposal, waste line, and the blades of the disposal and will also help remove odors as well.
To perform a self-purge you fill up all of the bathtubs in the home. When draining the bathtubs you flush all of the toilets in the home multiple times. This creates a tidal wave like effect that helps push any debris stuck in the sewer line all the way to the city main. This should be performed every 6-9 months.
Please avoid flushing down the drain any flushable wipes, baby wipes, and feminine hygiene products, regardless of what the manufacture states on the label these products do not dissolve and can cause greater issues in the sewer line. To help with excess shampoos, conditioners, soap, and hair clogging shower and bathtub drains, it is recommended to use a strainer made for showers/tubs to reduce the amount of debris that can restrict proper drainage in the line.
Other Household Items:
Industrial strength cleaners, paint in (Large quantities), construction debris, and cleaning rags may cause build-up and restrict flow to the city main. The items listed are some of the most commonly collected items in the sewer line. These create blockages and build-ups unless removed by a professional cleaner.
We’ve teamed with Residential Warranty Service and are pleased to provide a limited warranty for the sewer line from your home to the city sewer main. Learn more in the brief video below.