Sewer cleaning is a mystery to most people, so we’ve created this set of answers to questions about sewer cleaning San Mateo residents often ask us. We hope these answers to questions about sewer cleaning San Mateo homeowners often ask will help illuminate the sewer cleaning process for you.

As always, if you find that you have questions at any point, remember that our friendly team of plumbing experts is always happy to help get you the answers to you need to make informed decisions, or send someone over to help you out – we’re just a quick phone call or email away.

Why is it Necessary to Perform Sewer Cleaning?
Over time, wear and tear can take a toll on sewer systems. For example, an aging sewer can begin to develop deterioration, blockage, and collapses in the pipeline. By simply utilizing regular inspections and cleaning maintenance, a property owner can help protect the infrastructure of their sewer line and prevent serious problems. Think of it like going to the dentist to identify cavities before they form and become more serious problems – having an experienced plumber like Performance Plumbing conduct regular cleaning and maintenance can help avoid costly problems down the road.

What Exactly Happens During a Sewer Inspection?
Some basic manual inspection work can be done, but one of the most effective ways to do a thorough sewer inspection is by getting a video sewer inspection done. In this process, a plumber uses a metal snake with a camera mounted at the head to visually scope out the inside of the sewer line. This provides great visual documentation of the exact problems affecting the sewer lines and the exact locations of those problems. We’ve conducted countless video sewer inspections for many of our happy customers, so don’t hesitate to call us if you’re interested in having it done.

What Can I do to Help Prevent Sewer Line Problems?
Some sewer line problems are difficult to avoid, but there are some steps you can take to avoid some basic problems. First, avoid pouring grease down your drain after cooking, as the grease can stick to the walls of the sewer line as it cools down, solidifying into a solid state that narrows the bandwidth of the sewer line much like a clogged artery. In addition, consider removing any trees or shrubs that may threaten cracked pipes with invasive roots, and avoid planting trees and shrubs around pipes, because as they grow their roots get bigger and can push up or down on pipes, breaking them. Finally, another simple problem that people often have trouble with is remembering not to overload your toilet or garbage disposal with a bigger load than it can handle. Toilets should generally only be flushing toilet paper, for the sake of your sewer line a septic tank, and your garbage disposal should not be processing tough exteriors of vegetables like onion skins, corn husks, celery, artichokes, and other tough and fibrous materials.

Hopefully these answers will help guide you to a solution for whatever your sewer line needs may be. Remember that whether you need a quick inspection, cleaning or extensive repair services, our team of plumbing experts is always happy to help you out or simply answer any questions you may have. Simply give us a quick phone all or email and we’ll be happy to get you started in the right direction.