In our last two blog posts (#1) (#2), we’ve looked at common myths the average homeowner may believe about their sewer lines. These include myths like, “My insurance will always cover the cost of the repair,” and “My home is new so I won’t have to deal with a bad sewer line.” Though some may know how to fix smaller indoor plumbing issues, most homeowners have a limited knowledge of the workings of underground water and sewer lines. Known as “the underground guys,” we at Apex have been in this business for 35 years and have seen our fair share of problems below the surface and have helped thousands of people better understand these issues. We’ve examined three myths already in this series. This final post will explore three more myths or untruisms we have run across through the years.
The fourth myth in our series is, “If I’m not having backups, my line must be in good condition.” Though backups can certainly alert you to a problem, it is not the only way to see if your sewer line is having issues. A pool of water or a sinkhole in your front yard can indicate a break in the line. The toilet may flush perfectly with no backups, but it may be slowly leaking into your yard.
The fifth myth, though understandable, seeks to address the problem with the wrong solution. People often believe that, “Using Drano regularly will keep my line in good shape.” Yes, Drano can certainly help a blocked line at times, but only temporarily so. Also, it will not keep your sewer line free from breaks, offsets, tree root intrusion, bellies, and more. Some substances can be poured down the line to help with tree roots, but the roots will eventually grow back, and it will only temporarily clear the line. It will not fix the problem of roots coming through the joints of old clay or cast-iron pipes. As for Drano, their own site says sometimes you have to call the professionals to help. Don’t fall for the myth that Drano can solve all problems. Sometimes you need to heed their advice in calling the professionals to let them fix the problem for good.
The sixth and final myth is about water lines. Many believe “I have bad water pressure because I have old plumbing fixtures.” In reality, bad water pressure can be caused by a leak/break or corrosion in the water line, so the pressure is not coming through fully. Exchanging your fixtures, though maybe making your plumbing nicer to look at, will likely not fix poor water pressure. To investigate, check each water source. If every fixture has poor pressure, then you know the underground plumbing is the culprit.
We understand the myths that are easy to buy into as homeowners. Don’t fall prey to these untruisms or to companies looking to capitalize on your lack of knowledge. If you have questions of any kind concerning underground plumbing, please contact us! We would be happy to answer your questions and even to provide a free estimate if need be. Since 1985, we’ve proudly earned the business of thousands of customers across the Front Range. We’d love to earn yours too!