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If your drains are blocked, cracked or broken, the issue can cause serious structural damage if you do not act quickly. Some of the issues are small enough that you can tackle them yourself, while others require the help of the experts.

Blockage

Simple blockages in the sink or tub are often caused by hair, grease or other debris. Using a plunger, over-the-counter drain cleaners or unscrewing the trap is often all that is needed. While many blockages are inside the home, and only require regular maintenance, other blockages are outside of the home and out of reach for the home owner.

Leaves are a common problem with blockage issues. Leaves can block a downpipe causing drainage issues, and are easily cleaned out by the home owner or an expert sewer cleaner. If you suspect the problem is more serious than a simple cleanout, it is recommended to call on an expert for help.

Signs of a Drain Problem

There are a variety of signs that point to a drainage issue. Some of the most common include:

  • Difficulty flushing the toilet
  • Slow draining sinks
  • Foul smelling water collecting on surfaces either inside or outside of the home
  • Leaking drains
  • Noticeable cracks in the brickwork, driveways, windowsills or other areas of the homes foundation

What is the Cause of the Problem?

Many of the drainage issues are straight-forward blockages, but others are caused by a variety of other problems. Age and deterioration of the pipes and joints is a main problem in older homes.

Victorian homes often have salt-glazed clayware drains where cracks and porous joints can occur after the homes sit for over 100 years. The homes also have cast iron pipes that commonly corrode.
Homes in the 1960’s frequently used pitch fiber pipes that deteriorate over time, or even deflate, blister and collapse. Poorly designed manholes and drain systems contribute to a variety of issues in these homes.

Tree roots are a common problem for drain blockage issues. The roots can seep into the deteriorating pipes in even the smallest of cracks and expand the crack and add further damage to the pipes. The roots also create a blockage in the pipe, creating a drainage problem.

As water leaks away from the pipe, it rakes soil along with it. This results in a soft ground and can even become widespread to neighboring homes. It is important that you are quickly able to locate the problem, and find a solution before the problem becomes out of control. Call on an expert sewer cleaner to help you locate less than obvious problems.

About Green Plumbing Solutions

Green Plumbing Solutions provides sewer repair and plumbing services to Denver, Highlands Ranch, Aurora and the surrounding areas. Green Plumbing Solutions is a licensed contractor and a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

With Green Plumbing Solutions, the estimate is always free and there is no travel charge. And you approve the estimate before any work is started.

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When a sewer blockage or drain issue is not so clearly identified, the experts can help. A professional sewer and drainage company can locate the source of your problem using few simple, non-invasive steps.

  • Lifting manhole covers and running water through the system is a quick and easy method to identify many types of blockages.
  • Colored dyes are used to run through various sections of the drain network to identify the blockage.
  • Plugging the lower end of the drain and running water through it shows if the drain is capable of holding the water, or if it will allow the water to leak away. Once the plug is removed, if the water was held, it should flow away quickly.
  • CCTV cameras are used to inspect the homes drainage system. The camera is mounted to a crawler unit and is either taped or viewed in real-time to locate blockages, cracks, and other damages in the pipes.

Who is Responsible?

Once the problem is located, there is the matter of who is responsible for the damages, and the repairs. There are always stipulations and a few loop holes in the responsibility chain, but there are basic standards to help you determine who may be responsible.

Home owners are responsible for pipes and drains that run from the home to the public sewer system. You can contact your local sewer company to have them inspect the blockage to determine if it is their responsibility or not. If it is all your responsibility, or just a portion, check with your home owners insurance for coverage.

Neighboring homes may be responsible for the blockage. You can contact your local environmental health department for them to inspect and investigate the situation and determine who is responsible for the damages.

The water company is responsible for the sewer drains that carry waste from your home. The systems are designed to take away the waste, as well as surrounding water from various homes and any damage or blockage that occurs within the system is often the responsibility of the local sewer company. Sewers that are privately owned run the risk of being both the home owners and the local sewer company’s responsibility, depending on the issue, and where the drainage systems are placed. If they are underground, the public sewer company often takes ownership of the problem, but if the drainage systems are run above ground, the home owner is often left with the responsibility.

About Green Plumbing Solutions

Green Plumbing Solutions provides sewer repair and plumbing services to Denver, Highlands Ranch, Aurora and the surrounding areas. Green Plumbing Solutions is a licensed contractor and a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

With Green Plumbing Solutions, the estimate is always free and there is no travel charge. And you approve the estimate before any work is started.

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Depending on the type of sewer problem you have, the solutions vary. The simplest process for removing a blockage is to use drainage rods, cutters on the rotating steel rods, or high-pressure jets.

Tree roots require the use of remote control cutting tools that cut the roots away from the pipe to free up the blockage, and to prevent further ones.

If the drain is broken or cracked, it can easily be repaired by relining the drain system. The relining process can be performed without excavation or any disruption to the piping system. Methods for this repair include the use of a CIPP (cured in place pipe). The pipe is deflated and inserted into the original pipe, then inflated to line the original pipe. A polyester sock with a flexible internal liner can also be used for this type of repair. UV lining can also be winched through the pipe and then cured using UV light that is pulled through the pipe.

  • Isolated repairs are simple procedures that can be performed without disruption of the drainage system. The repair is limited to the repair of just one section of the piping system. This repair could be a pipe replacement, a relining of a section of the pipe, or removal of a blockage.
  • Larger repairs that require more pipe replacement can also be done without disruption of the drainage system. Each pipe is replaced section by section. This procedure allows home owners to replace their entire drain system without excavating large areas of their yards.
  • If excavating is necessary, the ground can be dug up by hand or with the use of mechanical diggers. The excavation is minimal, even for an entire drain system replacement.

What You Need to Know

  • Before you begin any digging in your yard, you must contact your local building control department. They need to be notified of any alterations or reconstructions you are planning for your drain system.
  • If your home does not have an inspection chamber, the sewer company will need to dig down to find it further under the ground.
  • If you have a septic tank or a soak away, it needs to be cleaned and de-sludged at least once a year in order to prevent any build-up, blockages, or other damages.

Most importantly; make sure you contact a reputable sewer or drain company to perform the job. Ask questions about how they plan to tackle the job, the length of time it will take them, and if you are responsible for obtaining any permits.

Never be afraid to ask any questions, and if you feel your questions are not being answered honestly, or you are being ignored, move on to another contractor that will treat you with the respect you deserve.

About Green Plumbing Solutions

Green Plumbing Solutions provides sewer repair and plumbing services to Denver, Highlands Ranch, Aurora and the surrounding areas. Green Plumbing Solutions is a licensed contractor and a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

With Green Plumbing Solutions, the estimate is always free and there is no travel charge. And you approve the estimate before any work is started.

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While the average person does not consider on a daily basis the sewers that connect his or her home to the area’s water supply, sewers are a main part of a house’s foundation. Poor maintenance of a home’s sewers can lead to serious problems and cause damage to your house and your health. For thousands of years, sewers have been constructed and maintained to provide safe water to you and your family. Knowing a little of the history as well as the main parts of a sewer system can help keep your family safe.

History of Sewers

A little history behind sewers can reveal just how important it is to maintain your home’s sewers in great condition. Experts estimate that the first sewage systems may date as far back as 4000 B.C. Ancient Greek civilizations were advanced enough to know that outbreaks of diseases and sicknesses could be diminished by managing waste in a safe and effective way.

Years ago, the disposal of waste took place by emptying chamber pots into the streets. This of course contributed to diseases like the bubonic plague that easily spread throughout entire households, cities, and eventually throughout the world. In the United States, cities and municipalities started taking over sewer systems in the 19th century to ensure certain regulations would be met. Catch basins enabled water from a source to go into nearby bodies of water. Odors and poor functioning led to the invention of lateral culverts on each street that collected every house’s wastes by underground channels. In 1884, the first sewage pumping system was constructed in Boston. The culverts and Boston’s model for a steam-based pumping system laid the foundation for the modern American sewer.

Types of Sewers

Today, there are two types of sewers: storm sewers and sanitary sewers. Storm sewers take care of rain and storm water from both street drains and house gutters. A sanitary sewer deals with waste and is connected to each house’s toilets, tubs, showers, sinks, and other appliances like a laundry basin. A sanitary sewer carries waste to a waste treatment plant.

Sewer Terminology of the Home

Sewage experts use certain words and expressions to describe the sewers. An upper lateral pipe connects to a sewer main, which is a large pipe that runs under your house. Waste is transported through the upper lateral pipe and goes across the property line into the lower lateral, finally going into the sewer main. Homeowners are usually responsible for the upper lateral, but it’s best to check with your city or local municipality to ensure that you respect the regulations that may exist.

About Green Plumbing Solutions

Green Plumbing Solutions provides sewer repair and plumbing services to Denver, Highlands Ranch, Aurora and the surrounding areas. Green Plumbing Solutions is a licensed contractor and a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

With Green Plumbing Solutions, the estimate is always free and there is no travel charge. And you approve the estimate before any work is started.

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Every house’s plumbing system is responsible for bringing in clean water for bathing, drinking, cleaning, and other essential tasks. The plumbing also must bring waste away from the house to the sewer and septic system. This means that noxious gases from sewers need to be securely kept away from the home. In addition, sewage needs to be able to drain out away from the home. Imagine trying to flush something down a clogged hole. In order to prevent damage to your home, drains and vents must be kept in good condition and be cleaned.

DWV System

The DWV system stands for the Drain-Wind-Vent system. Like a labyrinth, the DWV is composed of a network of intersecting pipes that go to all of the water sources in the house, like the sinks, tubs, showers, dishwasher, and washer machine. The DWV has the job of removing waste away from an area, so clear pipes are a must.

In the basement or crawlspace on the bottom floor, a group or “stack” of coiled pipes connects to the sewer system outside. The stack works like a vent; at the top of it gases leak out of the home. Its design also allows outside air coming to keep draining consistent.

DWV Pipes

Most older homes use cast iron pipes in their DWV systems, and lead solder encases them. Nowadays, more durable materials that do not erode as quickly are available, like rigid PVC or ABS material and glue. These materials tend to be easier to use than iron steel, which requires more expertise. Newer homes are more and more turning to iron steel but with neoprene as a sealant. It provides a less noisy experience than plastic piping like PVC.

Vent Problems

If the DWV system is unable to properly vent gases through the top of the stack, dangerous chemicals and gases can get trapped into your home and prove harmful. If the vent pushes into an upper area like an attic, it’s equally as dangerous. Anytime you may smell gas or foul odors, it can be a blocked vent. If water goes out of one drain and into another, or vice versa, you may want to check into a vent being clogged or misaligned.

It’s not hard to experience a problem with your DWV system since it’s an intricate set of pipes responsible for doing an important task. If you ever suspect you have a problem, contact a professional for advice.

About Green Plumbing Solutions

Green Plumbing Solutions provides sewer repair and plumbing services to Denver, Highlands Ranch, Aurora and the surrounding areas. Green Plumbing Solutions is a licensed contractor and a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

With Green Plumbing Solutions, the estimate is always free and there is no travel charge. And you approve the estimate before any work is started.

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