A failing sewer line can be a nightmare in any residential home. First, the cost of fixing the damage can break the bank. Second, a failing sewer system means one won't be able to eliminate wastewater efficiently. Multiple clogs, sewer backups, and unpleasant odors raid the home. The only way to ensure the reliability of your sewer line is by planning the installation process. With this in mind, here are three installation tips to achieve a functional and reliable sewer system.
Map the Route Correctly
Where do you want your sewer line to pass through your property? Whether you have a septic tank or are relying on municipal sewer systems, designing your sewer line's route plays a critical role in determining the system's performance. The best course isn't the shortest one to the destination. It is one with the following properties:
- Minimal surface traffic
- Little or no disturbance to landscaping
- No underground hazards
Find a route in low traffic areas of your property to prevent frequent accidental damage to the sewerage piping. If you have laid out your landscaping, choose a route that causes minimal disturbance to the features. Finally, check for plumbing pipes, electrical and cable wiring, and other connections that may be disrupted during the installation process.
Examine the Grading of the Ground
Grading is everything when it comes to installing a sewer line. The slope should allow wastewater to flow down to the tank or council sewers naturally. If the land is sloping into the home and not away from it, wastewater may fail to flow into the central system. This leads to sewer backups, blockage, and slow sewer discharge.
An expert can assess your chosen route and determine whether it is correctly graded for the system. If not, you can choose another path or carry out some excavation work to slope the ground towards the septic tank or council sewers. Doing so will prevent a host of sewerage problems in the future.
Install Adequate Traps
Sewer lines aren't immune to blockage. At some point, the main piping may suffer clogs if you dump grease, coffee grounds, or other forms of debris into the drains. In this case, the only remedy is to unclog the pipes. If you don't have sewer traps, this process can be rather intrusive.
Traps are found in sinks, and their primary role is to hold water in a reservoir and keep sewer gases out of your home. You can unscrew them when need be. If your sewer line has a clog, you can unscrew the traps and clear the blockage without causing significant disruptions to the piping. The more traps you have along the line, the easier it will be to fix clogs.
For more information on sewer line installation, contact a local plumber.