The drainage system in your home is designed to carry a multitude of waste products away from your house. The obvious elements are human waste and water from showering and washing dishes. This combination can create an issue over time.
But, the effect is made worse by the less obvious additions to your drainage system. Waste food particles, fat from your body and the food you’ve eaten, hair from washing and shaving, and even the detergents you use to clean yourself and your dishes.
The combination of all these factors can cause blockages in your pipes, this build up over time, often slowing the drainage of your systems until eventually they are completely blocked.
That’s when the problems happen as the pipes back up and then the waste products have nowhere to go. If the waste can’t go down the drain then there is only one place it can go, into your home.
It’s never a pleasant feeling when you pull the flush only to watch the water level rise and come across your floor.
The good news is that this doesn’t happen without warning and regular inspection of you sewers and drains can prevent the issue from occurring.
Although there are many different ways in which you can inspect your drains, the best is by using a pipe inspection camera. A professional can insert a specially designed camera into your pipes for you and see how much of a buildup there already is. This will tell you whether you have an issue, but, more importantly, you’ll know what the best way forward is to resolve the issue.
You may think that regularly putting drain unblocking chemicals down your drains will help to prevent the necessity of camera inspections. However, drain chemicals can actually damage the inside of your pipes. The ruts that develop inside the pipes can increase the chances of a clog and they can even increase the chances of the pipes breaking. That’s another thing you really don’t want to happen.
Again, having a camera put through the pipes means you’ll be aware of the issue before it happens and can take the appropriate steps. It is possible to simply slide smaller diameter pipes through your drainage pipes, this will ensure there is a path for waste to go through. However, it won’t tell you if they are becoming clogged or damaged. In fact, pushing things through your drain and sewer pipes can actually increase the chances of a clog, because it can push items in your pipes together.
That’s why a small camera is a better option, you’ll be able to see the inside of your pipes in real-time and stop if you locate an issue.
You’ll need professional assistance to deal with the blockage or damaged pipes as the safest option is to replace them. But, at least you’ll be able to do this on your terms when you’re ready, and before you’re faced with sewage in your home.