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Everything You Need to Know About Your Sewer System

Sewers aren’t the most complex systems in existence, but even with their simplicity, there are homeowners constantly asking us questions about them and how they operate. So, operating in good faith, we’d like to try and quell some of those inquiries by talking a bit about sewer systems. We’ll discuss how they work, what can go wrong with them, and the most common questions that homeowners ask us about them.

Now, keep in mind that reading about sewer systems isn’t a good replacement for good, solid professional handiwork, and it never will be. If you suspect that there’s something wrong with your septic tank or sewer system, nothing you read will be better than calling a pro for plumbing in Plano, TX.

With that being said, read on if you’re interested in some of the lesser-known facts about your sewer!

What You Need to Know

Sewer systems might not be complicated, but the information that you should know as a homeowner can sometimes be hidden from you. Let’s talk about some of the more important details of your sewer system so you can better know the condition of yours and whether you need us for repairs.


How long do sewer systems last? This is a complicated question, but it gets easier to answer the more you know about your own sewer lines. Depending on your sewer line’s pipe material, the materials of your lawn and proximity to trees, and the materials going through the system, it could range anywhere from 20 to 40 years. To further examine how long your sewer system will last, professional teams like ours utilize video pipe inspection in order to more easily observe the condition of your sewer and decide whether or not it needs to be replaced.

Things to Look Out for

If you’re a homeowner with a sewer line, chances are you’re constantly nervous about the condition that it’s in and what you should be doing to help keep it in good shape. While taking care of your sewer line with routine maintenance is a good idea, it’s also going to heavily depend on the system’s proximity to trees. Tree roots are a powerful force of nature, and they often split pipes open over time and ruin them. So, if you notice a tree that’s growing dangerously close to your sewer line, you might need to schedule something to be done about it.

Sewer Line Repair or Replacement

Let’s say your sewer line has been infiltrated by tree roots or has degraded over the years to be ineffective. What now?

Well, first we’ll need to investigate just how damaged your sewer system is with video pipe inspection. Once we know what we can salvage, or if the whole system needs to be replaced, then we can get to work with expert sewer repair or replacement services. Usually these can be done with minimal harm to your lawn or property, and with the right tools and expertise, it can be performed quickly as well.

Call the pros at Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning for quality sewer services. Get it done right… right now!

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