What can’t be seen, needn’t be repaired. At least initially! And when it can be seen, it could be too late to repair. When it’s gone past the stage of repairs!
This seems to be the condition of sewer line repairs and drain cleaning in NJ and the world over! Why then is it the case that most of us never succeed at sewer line repairs? In reality, that’s due to quite a few valid reasons. They include:
- No knowledge, time or inclination: “It doesn’t concern us. So why bother? When the problem arises, we shall refer it to a specialist.” This without exception is the primary reason behind our being unsuccessful when it comes to drain and sewer cleaning. We don’t know. And we don’t care to know. Till the stink from our homes hits the street or the sewer water hits the neighborhood. And that’s when we learn things the hard, hard way. By then the damage is done, and sometimes beyond repairs with the only remedy being very expensive and time-consuming.
- Old buildings with really old and dilapidated sewer lines: Old building will obviously have old sewer-lines. That said, not all of these necessarily are in bad shape. The trick? Timely and continuous maintenance that extends the life of sewer-lines. But for those rare buildings (dilapidated or otherwise) where no one stays, there is always a chance of drains not working as desired- a condition that can come about in new but unoccupied places as well. Be that as it may, it makes sense to maintain and repair sewer lines on a sustained and continual basis instead of waiting for the axe to fall.
- Absolute callousness: Throwing plastic waste, pads, and things that don’t degenerate fast are the best ways to guarantee a severely-choked sewer line. Not only these, even the otherwise harmless stuff including kitchen wastes like butter, lard, cooking oil etc can choke drains. Most of these line up the U trap, solidify with time and become a hard lump that can’t be dislodged with ease. If action isn’t taken on time, the result in an obvious back-flow (or outflow). Left without option, most folks call in the specialists. But where did it all begin? At callousness. If that was avoided, the sewer would have still been serviceable!
- Don’t have resources to take care of Sewer Line Repair:- Problems also comes knocking on the door of those who can ward it off. If you are bequeathed a mansion by inheritance and don’t have the money to keep it ship-shape (inside-out, top to bottom), it’s just a question of time before things fall apart and big time. There is really no way to keep things in place in such a situation when one is short of resources. The most one can do is to remain considerate taking note of one’s precarious condition.
- Property remaining unoccupied for a reasonably long time: Sewer-lines, and more so those connecting homes with large open areas run around trees and foliage. If not maintained the right way, tree roots are known to get into sewer-lines and prise them apart, a very real problem in homes that remain unoccupied for extended periods of time. While the occupancy part is entirely up to the owners, what can really be done is to check the condition of the sewer regularly and remove obstructions in the right way.