When buying a home, one should find out if the home is connected to a sewer, cesspool, or has a septic tank. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain their sewer line. If you are selling you should know the answers to these questions before putting your home on the market to avoid an undesirable surprise in the future. 

Sewer lines are usually as old as the home, and they need periodic inspection and maintenance. A sewer inspection can be done by inserting a small video camera into the sewer lines and viewing the condition of the pipes. These sewer pipes will be visually inspected for common problems such as root intrusion, pooling, holes, cacks, pipe separation, and water infiltration. A functioning sewer line could have one of these problems even though everything may seem fine. However, these problems could cause a back up – leading for a line repair or line replacement to be necessary. New home buyers should find these problems before they lead to a sewer backup. 


Sewer Scope Inspections:

The purpose of a sewer scope inspection is to determine the condition of the property’s sewer line and to determine if the system is functioning as designed. Sewer scope inspections have become a standard component of the pre-purchase inspection period. A standard scope inspection for a single family residence takes roughly an hour to complete. It costs $300 in the Salem area with access provided (i.e. a cleanout). To schedule, call a couple days prior to the day you would like to get an inspection done. Keep in mind, we do need someone present to meet our technician. 

Our technician will insert a small video camera into the sewer line through the sewer cleanout. The cleanout can be located in places including the basement, crawlspace, or outside where the sewer line exits the home. If no obstructions are encountered, we will inspect from the cleanout to the city main. If problems with the line are found, we are able to actually pinpoint the location and depth of the trouble area. The problem area will be marked on the ground surface.

Once the inspection is completed, you will be informed on the condition of the line and be given a video of the inspection. The project manager will then send out the final statement report. If the problems are found in the line, we will do a proposal for replacement. 

If the sewer line passe the inspection, the sewer will be released from future liability and future owners will know that the sewer system is in good working condition and will not need major repairs done. 


Already had your sewer line inspected?

We can provide you with an estimate to repair your faulty line. Our supervisors have extensive experience and can quickly assesses the site and provide you with several options to repair your line.


Sewer Line Repair and Replacement:

Whether or not your sewer line needs replaced depends on the condition of your line and the material it is connected with. If your line has one or two spots with problems, a repair can be done to fix the problems. If there are several problems with line it is better to replace the entire line with new piping. 

Our crews is experienced in residential sewer construction and understand how important it is to minimize impact to your landscaping. We obtain permits for all repair and replacement projects. We offer traditional excavation and sewer replacement services. 

Traditionally sewer replacement requires excavating the entire damaged existing line and replacing the line with new ABS plastic pipe. Trench excavation is often the best option for line replacement under the following conditions: there are minimal landscaping obstacles, the line length is under 40 feet, and the existing line has minimal grade.

We can also replace sewer lines using trenchless cured in place technologies. Trenchless sewer replacement may be the more cost effective option when there are major landscaping obstacles such as driveways, running walls, mature trees, utilities, and structures. Trenchless replacement involves excavating a small hole on a each end of the sewer line: one at the point where the sewer leaves the home and another in the right-of-way next to the street. Our work can be done with 1 access point, and no boring is needed. Connections are then made to connect the new line to the home and the main lateral. There is minimal disturbance to landscaping using trenchless sewer replacement. 

If your sewer line is under concrete, we have the equipment to cut it, and  repair or remove the sewer line. 


Sewer FAQ

What part of the sewer line is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain?

The homeowner’s responsibility varies depending on municipality as each jurisdiction has slightly different requirements. 


What is a ‘party line’ sewer?

A party line sewer is when multiple homes share a connection to the city main sewer. If one of the lines need a repair then it may be required that all homes in the party replace this sewer line. Some communities have banned these while older party line sewers may still exist. 


What type of material is my sewer line made of?

Pipe are typically made out of PVC, clay, cast iron, or concrete. Depending on what year the sewer line was put in place.


Drain cleaning methods

With over 30 years of combined expertise, we understand the best method to use for your specific problem, Our experts are well versed in the three methods used to unclog drains-standing cleaning, main line cleaning, and video drain inspections. 


Standard Drain Cleaning services

The most common problems in your secondary lines may be due to 

  • Hair 
  • Grease
  • Excessive food

Standard drain cleaning using professional snake will push any blockage through and out of your pipes. Its long flexible wire rotates down he down and virally shred items blocking the pipes, simultaneously pushing through any larger objects that may be causing an obstruction. A home-grade drain snake is typically only effective for drains, as it has a limited reach. While many homeowner only use or purchase simple drain snakes use because of ease of use, effectiveness is not usually taken to consideration. For effective drain cleaning, most professional drain cleaning companies recommending hire a professional at least once every 2 years.


Main line drain cleaning

A clog in the main line drain can lead to sewage backup in you home or yard, resulting in costly repairs to both the line and your home.

Some signs of a main line drain clog include:

  • Gurgling noises in your drains or toilet
  • Water Backup up or flooding
  • Sewer odor and sewage back up

If water is backing up in the worst part of your home (such as the basement), it is likely you have a problem with the main line. Usually this caused by larger items that have been flushed, or tree roots growing near and around the pipe – obstructing the pipe. Our professionals know how to best solve this issues on the cause as well as the size and type of clog, and the age of your home and pipes.


Drain camera Inspections

With our video equipment, we are able to see everything inside the drain in high definition, and check for possible damage – like holes or cracks. Clogging can also happen because of damaged pipes. The camera makes it easy to inspect the damage and pinpoint exactly what needs repairs. 

Septic tank systems are tanks that use anaerobic bacteria to decompose and purify sewage. It is an airtight tank that, if not emptied on a regular basis can cause sewage backup or leakage into the surrounding ground area or home.

Septic tanks usually exist in rural regions. They should be carefully maintained in order to avoid septic backup into your home. A few small tips to help maintain a septic tank are: 


Only flushing appropriate items

Septic tanks are particularly unstable when foreign materials are being flushed in it. In order to maintain the septic tank’s delicate ecosystem, do not flush these items:

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Condoms
  • Cat litter
  • Paper towels
  • Cooking oils and fats
  • Wipes and diapers
  • Cigarette butts
  • Paint and paint thinner

Also keep plants away from the septic tank 

Also like a sewage line, a septic line can be ruptured by plant roots. It is best to keep the entire area around and above septic line clear of any plant life, or grass, in order to prevent any issues.


Provided regular maintenance to to your septic tank

Keeping up on regular maintenance of your septic system will help decrease the likelihood of a septic backup. By routinely emptying your septic system and ensuring that the system and its surrounding areas are kept well, you can reduce you the odds of a septic system failing.

If you need someone to inspect your septic system call 971-600-3983