Money Leaking Away Fixing Old Pipes?

Sewer problems

How old is your house? When was the last time you had work done on your home?s pluming fixtures? Have you noticed slow drainage or leaks in sewer lines? It may be time to look into professional piping and drainage solutions.

Sewers that are more than 40 years old probably need replacing, because the old piping materials begin to crack after so many years. Slow drainage can be a sign that your pipes are cracked and leaking, and therefore not properly draining. There are newer piping processes, newer materials, yet many consumers are still unaware that trenchless sewer lines and other methods became available for residential homes that need sewer repair between 10 and 15 years ago.

While there are many things that can damage to sewer lines, causing the need for repairs (accidents, floods, gradual wear, etc.), the most common cause of damage in homes built before 1970 is tree roots growing into the joints of the pipes. With the old piping materials, laying new pipe lines could become exorbitant, but since ABS pipe is fairly inexpensive and easily available it is now the go-to choice for new drain and vent lines in a house, and ABS pipe can be installed indoors or out, above ground or below. Another less expensive option is PVC pipe. PVC pipe and fittings are used just like ABS pipe for sewers, but when PVC is chosen for a drain it must be a PVC pipe made specifically to use as a drain pipe, that way it will have the proper drainage sweeps. No more slow drainage!

An average home has water leaks
that can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water waste per year; the amount of water used to wash 270 loads of laundry. A faucet with a leak that drips at a rate of one drip per second can waste over 3,000 gallons of water in a year, and more than one research study has found that between 20 and 35% of all residential toilets have some degree of leakage. That?s so much water wasted, and you?re paying for it! Homeowners can save around 10% on their water bills, just by fixing easily corrected household leaks.

If you have plumbing problems, don?t wait until they?re out of hand. Deal with them now, while the expenses are more of a slow draining leak in your pocket, rather than a full on flood.

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