It's not fun to live with a broken sewer system, so if you're like most homeowners, you are looking for a sewer main specialist to take care of your problems. Here are four services the specialist you decide to hire should offer:
A Free Consultation and Estimate
There is no reason you should have to spend money before you even know what is wrong with your sewer main and lines, so make sure that the sewer specialist you hire offers free consultations and accurate estimates. Your service provider should come to your home, do a basic inspection, identify your repair needs, and provide you with a quote in writing that you can use to compare to other quotes or to speak with your household when making a final decision about how you'll handle your repair. If you have to pay just to get a service provider out to your home for a consultation, move on and focus on those providers who have your best interests in mind, not their pockets.
A Camera Inspection
Even if you know exactly what the problem is, your service provider should use a special camera to carefully inspect your sewer main and all of your sewer lines and ensure that there are not any underlying problems lurking that haven't yet been identified. A camera inspection will also provide you insight into the overall condition of your pipes and whether you're facing rust or the development of a crack. In most cases, preliminary work can be done to avoid those issues and the need for future repairs.
It's also a good idea to make sure that your service provider will replace all of your sewer valves when they show up to repair your system. Valves have an important job, and they put up with a lot of wear and tear, so having them changed whenever your sewer system is serviced or repaired will help ensure that it does its job properly between inspections and maintenance appointments.
If a major component of your sewer main needs to be repaired or replaced, it could be an expensive endeavor and may not be in your budget. Even if you can afford to make the repair or replacement, you shouldn't have to break the bank just to get your sewer system working again. By working with a service provider who offers financing options, you can maintain some peace of mind in knowing that the repairs or replacements you need won't put you in a negative financial situation.