Unlike many other cities, in Seattle the homeowner is responsible for maintaining the side sewer line on their property up until the point it attaches to the main city line. This means that if you’re interested in buying a house in Seattle, part of the negotiation process should include getting the entire sewer line video inspected. A professional plumber will be able to determine the pipe material, the overall condition of the line, whether any sections have been replaced already. Armed with this information, you’ll be able to work with the seller to determine who will be responsible for any necessary repairs.
Sewer Line Challenges
A large number of homes in Seattle were built before the 1960s and often used clay or concrete pipes for their sewer line. These materials have a life expectancy of around 50 years, meaning that any lines that haven’t been replaced are at the end of their lifespan. You can find numerous stories of new Seattle homeowners who didn’t check the condition of their side sewers, only to discover they inherited a costly replacement job. Because of Seattle’s hilly terrain, a broken line can often cause damage to surrounding properties as the sewage runs downhill. Even newer homes with PVC pipes could have potential issues. Unusual weather patterns (such as storms or droughts) and construction can cause the surrounding earth to shift, which can result in weakened joints or cracks. Once a break forms, sediment can start leaking in the line and plant roots will quickly follow— eventually causing a blockage.
Locally owned and operated in the Puget Sound area since 1968, Best Plumbing is well acquainted with the usual sewer challenges Seattle homeowners face. Our expert sewer inspection will reveal if a job requires a full replacement or smaller repair. When done correctly, a spot sewer repair can save a lot of time and money and at Best Plumbing, our sewer specialists know how to get the job done right. Whether it’s renewing a broken section of piping or replacing an entire line, we will work to find the best solution to restore proper flow. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.
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