Safety first! Customer called with a main sewer line back up. As we were cleaning it we found out that a gas line was installed through the sewer, and that was because our machine hit it and ruptured the gas line. Upon excavating this is what was found. Always remember to call before you dig and be aware of where all your sewer and water mains are before any work is done.
Outside sewer cleanouts are important to have. They help with yearly sewer maintenance. It helps keep what comes out of the sewer out of your home, but gives the servicing technician a larger access to the sewer pipes on the outside of your home. The sewer pipes within the home are smaller than the sewer pipes just on the outside of your home (they generally increase in size by 2 inches). This will also help the technician reach farther out into the main sewer line than cleaning from within the home. Yearly sewer maintenance will help keep roots at bay which will also help in collapsed sewers which means no excavation.
Main shut off valves. Do you know where they are located in your home? If so, have you tested them recently? Make sure to test your main shut off valves (before and after the meter). This can help identify an issue in the future if an emergency comes up and your water needs to be shut off. After time the valves can wear out and remain in the open position or even start leaking due to corrosive water.
Here are two sewage ejector pumps. The one on the left is a new 3/4HP pump and the one on the right is a failed 1/2HP pump. Besides the size, can you spot the differences? -The new one is stainless steel and cast iron. The old one is plastic. -The new one is built for constant usage, the old one will work enough to essentially sell a home or very light usage. Ensure that you know what is being installed in your home. Ask your plumber questions, a great plumber is happy to give you options, explanations and answer any questions that you have. Get the product that will work for you!