All across the sewer industry, the last 15 years or so have seen a veritable surge in advances. Technologies are fast becoming more efficient, more cost effective, and easier to install and manage than technologies previously implemented. Inspections are cheaper, more frequent, and the overall health of America’s sewer system is better for it.
Now is a perfect time to start looking at some of these rarely-seen but always-vital installations. If your home is older than 40 years or so, your sewer lines may need replacing. Some experts claim that sewer lines may be good for a few more years, but generally speaking, most industry insiders recommend having an inspection performed if the age of your home surpasses 40 years. Even if your home is new, an inspection could do you good — many new homes are hooked in to an older sewage system, which may also require replacing.
If you’re not sure of the age of your home or sewage system, it couldn’t hurt to play things on the safe side and have an inspection performed anyway. You could learn a lot about your home. A sewer inspection, which typically costs between $200-300, will allow you to get an idea of the integrity of your system, allowing you to begin budgeting things out as far as potential future replacement costs. This could help you avoid having to make snap decisions or getting hit with unexpected costs later on down the line. Sewer repair can be costly, but those that take a preemptive approach will find themselves avoiding these costs altogether.
One of the most effective methods of disposing of sewage in place today are trenchless setups. Popular for the past 15 years or so, these systems are still not as widely utilized as they could be. This is partly due to the fact that homeowners only typically pay attention to their sewer systems when an emergency happens. During these emergencies, homeowners typically have less money budgeted or on-hand for a sewer line replacement, so they will typically go with cheaper repairs or refurbishments over total line replacements.
Whatever you decide to do, know that now is a fairly good time to be doing it. Repairs, installations, and renovations in the sewage industry are all very cheap at the moment! Why not do the responsible thing and save yourself some money?