Clean water rushing unexpectedly into your home is overwhelming and if it’s foul water it’s even more devastating. Two plumbing features connect your house to the City system- the incoming water line and the outgoing sewer wastewater line. As both systems are pipes, they share many common problems: breakage, deterioration through age or compromise by external forces like freeze-thaw, vibration, tree roots or construction.
Clearly, broken incoming water pipes need to be repaired or replaced to avoid interior or exterior flooding. Other reasons to replace a water line include greater inflow and pre-emptive replacement to avoid failure. Generally speaking a water main lasts for 50 years and galvanized or lead pipes are even older.
When it comes to sewage, homeowners may confront an issue with breakage, size or clogging- all with unfortunate results. A horizontal drain line or lateral connects the house to the outdoor portion of the sewer line and then eventually to the municipal sewer system or a septic system. While most homeowners never have to worry about this important drainage system, there are always a few unlucky souls who are forced to deal with a main sewer line maintenance or replacement issue.