Drain lines are subject to corrosion just like water lines. Drain line inspections are a commonly overlooked item on any homeowner’s maintenance checklist. Over time, drain lines tend to become compromised for a variety of reasons. Additionally, many household cleaners can accelerate corrosion. When corrosion (tuburculation) occurs, drain lines stop functioning efficiently, to a point that it can cause severe damage to your property because they will cause a flood. Acting quickly will help potentially minimize severe drain line damage and will save you money and protect your health & home in the long run.
The disadvantage of cast iron pipes is that they are susceptible to corrosion (rust), which causes 25% of pipe failures. Depending on the environment, corrosion and hardened grease can damage pipes in as little as 25-40 years. When this happens, you have a lower flow rate leading to clogged drains and soft blockages. At this point, contractors will take several steps to find the cause of your drain blockage. Once they’re finished with inspections, they’ll give you options to resolve the problem. In most cases, plumbers will use special descaling equipment to remove the internal corrosion from your pipe and flush it out.
Patriot Plumbing Rooter & Restoration’s team of professionals possess the right training, experience, and equipment to help you find corrosion within your drain lines and rejuvenate them back to original state without costly replacement. As soon as we arrive, we will start determining exactly what the problem is and what your solutions are. We clean up our mess when we are done. We are sewer line professionals.
What to Look For
As most pipes are out of sight, damage is usually spotted when it is too late. Although leaks occur under ground, there are some signs which will present themselves above ground which will indicate plumbing issues:-
- Warped or Separated Floors
- Tinted (raised) Floor Tiles
- Broken or Loose Floor Tiles
- Water Stained or Discolored Carpet
- Water Stained Floor Tiles (Grout)
- Water Stained or Discolored Floor Rug or Mat
- Clogs/Back Ups and Slow Drains
- Foul Smell from Sewer Gases
- Pest Infestation
Upon noticing any sign of damage, it’s important to immediately repair and replace pipe. If left untreated damaged pipes will only continue to damage your home flooring and cause drain issues, which could become costly and cause great inconvenience.