Many Canadians simply turn on the faucet, open the tap, or flush the toilet without thinking twice about where that water comes from, where it goes, or how it gets there-that is, until it doesn’t.
When water stops flowing, one of two problems doubtlessly presents itself: either 1) there is no water where there should be, or 2) there is water where there should not be. In the worst of cases, both problems surface simultaneously and require replacement of a section or sections of pipe. In the best case, a reputable professional can quickly come to the rescue and ugly, expensive excavations won’t even be required to solve the problem for the long term. In no case can the problem be ignored, and in many cases, the problem really cannot be helped.
When water does stop flowing, the interruption is often gradual, like a drain that becomes slower and slower over time. Unlike a sudden interruption, for example, when flushing insoluble matter stops up a toilet, slow drains are often the natural result of everyday use. Many residential drainpipes installed before 1970 are made of cast iron. Normal water drainage slowly corrodes these pipes from the inside, “channeling” away the bottom of the pipes with a constant flow and eventually eroding the pipes to the point of failure. Indeed, sewer repair professionals warn against flushing anything other than human waste or toilet paper precisely because even facial tissue increases the risk of drainpipe clogs or ruptures. Likewise, flushing grease is a no-no because the oil collects inside the pipes and accelerates the deterioration and clogging.
Plants and their roots pose another slow, unavoidable sewer repair problem. The roots of plants, particularly trees, are attracted by the moisture seeping out through the minute breaches in pipes, especially the clay pipes commonly used to run drainage systems underneath landscaped gardens and lawns. Thirsty roots will grow to great lengths in order to reach and exploit hair-sized cracks in these pipes. The invading roots then compromise the pipes further as they grow, widening the cracks and eventually rupturing the pipes themselves.
Traditional sewer repair conjures frightening images of yards dug up, pipes excavated, water supply interruption, hefty bills, and terrible earthy odors. But modern technology has come to the rescue, and now some pipes can be repaired without excavation or replacement. New “trenchless” repair techniques use the existing pipe as a “host” for an epoxy-coated fiberglass sleeve that is inserted into the pipe then inflated to fit. This is similar to the way surgeons insert stents inside human heart valves to restore cardiac blood flow. A single entry point into the drainage system eliminates the need to excavate, and once cured, the fiberglass sheath provides a seamless permanent fix for compromised pipes. Many sewer repair services now offer trenchless and traditional options, depending on feasibility.
Before engaging help, ask about the possibility of trenchless sewer repair to effectively fix drainage issues. DIY and spot repair may work as quick fixes, but inflatable sleeves effectively solve the problem not just for now, but also for the long term.
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