It is easy to forget the importance of plumbing, especially when everything is working and draining as it should. However, when one thing goes wrong, like a clogged drain, it is easy to understand how integral plumbing is to your daily life. Many plumbing issues are resolved easily using a handheld auger, but when the basic solutions don’t work, and a professional tells you that the problem is external, who do you turn to for help? An excavation contractor. These professionals can work with other plumbing professionals to pinpoint the problem areas and safely remove the soil or concrete to gain access. Although, what type of damage can you expect, and why can’t you do the work yourself?
Causes of Plumbing Issues
The same things that cause blockages within your home can clog the pipes outside your home. For instance, grease, hair and other debris can lead to significant blockages in the main drain of your home. However, in older homes, the main culprit is probably tree roots. While newly constructed homes often use PVC piping which is somewhat resilient to tree roots and decay, older properties used clay pipes, which weakens over time and can be broken down by roots.
Roots are a homeowner’s worst nightmare, especially in older properties, because they find their way through tiny imperfections in the pipes and then force the pipe apart as the shrub grows. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize there’s a problem until significant damage has been done.
Why Hire an Excavation Company
While you could technically handle the excavation on your own, it is dangerous if you lack experience. Professionals do their homework, mapping out property lines, gas mains and water lines before beginning the work. They understand depth and process, which ensures the safety of everyone involved.
Excavation is not a DIY project, and while your current plumbing concerns may have you searching for any possible cost-savings, don’t skimp when it comes to safety. Hire a professional to dig your trenches and keep yourself and your family safe.