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AT THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM: THE AGING SEWER LINE

KEEP THE SEWER WATER AND WASTE OUTSIDE WITH SIMPLE, AFFORDABLE, PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

One of the most overlooked home maintenance tasks, sewer line inspection, can prevent unnecessary damage and expensive cleanup costs. If your drain or sewer line needs to be cleaned, do not wait and find out the hard way.

Sewer & drain line preventative maintenance efforts will help avoid most sewer line issues caused by root blockage. Just like other systems in your home or building that require regular care & maintenance, drain and sewer lines are no exception.

Small openings at joints are inherent in older residential concrete and clay sewer pipes. When a tree’s root system finds these entry points the sewer lines ability to carry water and waste to the city sewer conveyance system is greatly reduced leading to unexpected clogs and overflows into the home.. Having found water and nutrients in great supply the tree roots will continue their invasive growth into the piping. In some cases, roots can be discouraged using chemical treatments but annual sewer line auguring will be a must to prevent backups into your home.

SEWER LINE REPAIR OR SEWER LINE REPLACEMENT IN OLDER HOMES

Blockage of a sewer line from tree roots is a common and costly problem when maintenance is ignored. This is especially true and urgent in older cities and neighborhoods of the Pacific Northwest.

“Across Seattle, the risk of breaks in side sewers is high primarily because of their age: About half of Seattle’s housing was built before 1961, according to the Census Bureau. Tree roots and soil conditions also pose potential threats.” – Sanjay Bhatt (2016, Feb 27). A dirty secret: Side sewers can become a homeowner’s nightmare. Retrieved from https://www.seattletimes.com

Tree roots can grow quickly in rainy, temperate areas, and can often lead to premature failure of drain and sewer lines. Allowing roots to overwhelm the sewer line before removal can cause premature pipe failure and very expensive emergency repairs.

BUYING AND SELLING A HOME

The condition of drain and sewer lines can be a costly surprise when buying or selling a home.

In most states, when selling a purchasing a home, a full inspection of a homes septic tank and its drain field must be completed before the sale can be completed. However, while many buyers assume that the sewer line would also be included, there are few states that specifically require an inspection of the sewer line before closing. For example, many cities in California have recently started to require sewer line inspections before a home sale can be completed. (Santa Barbara for example)

This requirement is not consistent in every state, so it is very important that an inspection of the sewer line be done before selling or purchasing a home to safeguard against unexpected and costly repairs.

“You don’t have to tell us twice that a sewer issue can quickly turn into a stinky situation. Standing water in the yard, signs of flooding in the basement, and heaved walkways are telltale signs of a blockage or break in the underground sewer line that connects to the sewer main in the front of a home” – Cathie Ericson (2018, Sept 18. 5 Red Flags That Could Sink a Home Inspection. Retrieved from https://www.realtor.com

COSTS OF SEWER LINE INSPECTION VS. SEWER LINE REPAIR OR SEWER LINE REPLACEMENT

While a timely sewer line inspection will typically cost somewhere between $225 and $300, if roots are allowed to continue invasive growth, the resulting sewer line repair or sewer line replacement can cost between $8,000 and $20,000 or more.

Due to the risk of failure of these aged sewer lines and the high costs of repair or replacement, some cities are now making insurance policies available to their residents to deal with these expenses.

National Water Company, a well-established insurance company that carries a very strong policy specifically built to protect homeowners from the coming expenses of aging utilities.

Whether your home is 5 years old or 100, for just pennies per day NWC has an insurance policy that will cover the cost of sewer line pipe repair, as well as inspection and maintenance recommendations to provide additional peace of mind.

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THE HISTORY OF YOUR WATER & SEWER LINES

CIVILIZATION RUNS ON FRESH CLEAN WATER

Cities, towns, villages & municipalities of all shapes & sizes have had at least one important thing in common since the dawn of civilization; the absolute need for clean water and sanitation. Throughout history, we’ve found ways to bring fresh water into our homes, and ways to take sewage away from our homes.
In modern times, with the advent of modern plumbing and sewage treatment methods, cities have taken on the responsibilities of placing the necessary infrastructures to handle these vital functions. Cities have laid miles and miles of water supply lines and sewer lines so that their residents could all live better. But in most cases, that happened a long, long time ago… So now the question becomes, how well are those original systems lasting, and what happens if and when they fail?
THE HISTORY OF YOUR WATER & SEWER LINES

THE HISTORY OF YOUR WATER & SEWER LINES

In 1798, Mr. Benjamin Latrobe had determined that the main water supply in his own city, Philadelphia, had also become its greatest source of disease. He found that the groundwater was being contaminated because of poorly contained wastewater. Since the early 1800s, there have been two primary sanitation strategies in the US; Centralized: wastewater is collected and routed to a central treatment location, and Decentralized: wastewater is treated at or near its source.
In 1843, the worlds first modern centralized sewer system was built in Hamburg, Germany. The design was so successful that, by the mid-1800’s, it had been adopted in The United States as well, prompted by population growth & public health concerns, among other factors. By the late 1800’s, public demand for the installation of centralizes sewage treatment gained a national voice in cities across the country.
While the quality, demand, and understanding of freshwater and sanitation concerns waxed and waned, by the mid-1900’s, with the growth of American cities and towns, the necessity for better sanitation had become clear. The federal government passed the Water Pollution Control Act of 1948, which created legislation for the planning, technical services, research, financial assistance, and enforcement necessary for a healthy water supply in every American town. In 1952, the act was extended and became permanent law in 1956.

DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR LINES RUNNING UNDER YOUR OWN PROPERTY?

Now, in 2018, we have a clear idea of how time has affected and degraded the water supply lines and the sewer lines that run beneath our cities and homes. In many cases, they have not aged well.
Over time, many of these systems have suffered deterioration and structural instability. From root growth to simple movement or settling of the ground itself, cracks, gaps, and breaks occur. When this happens, it can cost the homeowner more than the cost of lost water.
One major concern for homeowners, many of whom are unaware, is the potential cost of water lines that run beneath and to their own homes. In many American cities, costs to replace or repair the connecting supply & sewer lines falls to the homeowner, even when the lines extend off property to reach the main lines. Simply being unaware of this, and then suffering a critical failure of either your water supply line or sewer line can cost a homeowner several thousands of dollars.
What resources are available to a homeowner if they suffer a water line leak or require water line repair, sewer line repair, clogged sewer line cleanout or even sewer line replacement?
There is good news. Cities across the nation are aware of the financial burden that lurks unseen at nearly every home-owners door. Proactive municipalities have established relationships with companies that provide assurance, response, and technical knowledge to help cities and homeowners prepare for the costs of aging fresh water and sewer systems.
Water supply line and sewer line repair and/or replacement can be very costly. The cost of excavation and replacement of utility lines under your property can run into the thousands. In worst case scenarios, the home owners responsibility can extend beyond their property line all the way to the main water line or sewer line. If the damaged lines run beneath sidewalks, streets or highways, even the costs of excavating through and then replacing the street or sidewalk may be the financial responsibility of the connected home owner.
Due to the risk of failure of these aged water and sewer lines and the high costs of repair or replacement, cities everywhere are now making insurance policies available to their residents to deal with these expenses. Many cities are currently working with National Water Company, a well established insurance company that carries a very strong policy specifically built to protect home owners from the coming expenses of aging utilities.
Whether your home is 5 years old or 100, NWC has a policy that will provide coverage for your home’s utilities, as well as peace of mind.
 

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