Purchasing a Home?  Main sewer line televising camera is highly recomended.

Purchasing a Home? Main sewer line televising camera is highly recomended.

Purchase home main sewer line televising

Purchase home main sewer line televising

Purchase home main sewer line televising.   You are probably getting a home inspection.  The inspector looks at many things then gives you a report on his/her opinion of the health of your perspective home.  Some home inspectors offer an add-on service of main sewer line inspection.  The customer can also contract this service directly.  Drain King, Inc.  https://drainkinginc.com/  provides this service and many others.  Your sewer line can be a source of massive problems and can be a reason inscrutable home owners sell a home.  Someone else has to pay for the problem.  I’ve seen it happen.  Sewer line repairs are at least $5,000 and can exceed $30,000.  There is no reason to be victimized.  In some situations nobody knows there is a problem.

An Example of a failure;

In one case a business purchased a multi-million dollar building and 2 years later paid $15,000 to figure out where their sewer line went and have structures installed so it could be cleaned on a regular basis.  I was part of a telephone negotiation between several parties deciding who was at fault.  My response to the building owner was; “people buy a $200,000 home and pay $200 to have their sewer line inspected.  You bought a 7 million dollar building and didn’t even consider having the sewer line located and inspected”.  That sewer line was over 700 feet long.

The sewer line in your perspective home is probably less than 100 feet.  If your home is further than 50 feet from the city street it is extremely important to know where the sewer line is going.  You need to know it’s condition and where additional clean outs are located in case there is a problem.  You should also mark outside clean outs since you may have to find them under 2 feet of snow.

Water jet roots from your Main Drain?

Water jet roots from your Main Drain?

water-jet-truckNo; is the answer for the vast majority of home owners.  There are several reasons not to water jet, but first I’d like to warn you about a trend in Drain Cleaning of Main Drains that is happening in the Minneapolis and St. Paul as well as surrounding communities like Fridley, Coon Rapids, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Anoka, Mounds View, Shoreview, Little Canada, Roseville, Robinsdale, Crystal, New Hope, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Inver Grove Heights, South Saint Paul, West St. Paul, North St. Paul, Woodbury, etc.

There are currently several Drain Cleaning Companies preying on unsuspecting homeowners.  They sell water jetting as a means to make all your plumbing work better and make all your drains drain faster.  Statements like this simply are not true.  While a main drain line cleaned at the normal cost of approximately $300, the drain cleaning companies selling water jetting will charge more than $1,200, one thousand two hundred dollars for the service.  The vast majority of home owners do not need this service.  The cheaper service is just as good.  Root regrown will occur at the same rate with mechanical snake cleaning as with water jetting.  There is no difference.

What is Water jet used for?  A water jet uses high pressure water (4,000psi) at a flow rate of around 18 gallons per minute.  The Water jet impact of the water is actually what cuts the roots.  The problem is that Water jets are designed to operate upstream.  In nearly all residential plumbing water jet is a down stream proposition.  Minneapolis plumbing around the turn of the century allowed for the installation of 6 six inch clay pipe running almost to the foundation of the house.  A 6 inch pipe will hold many times more volume of roots compared to a 4 inch pipe.  This means it will often take longer for roots to cause a backup.