A sewer line inspection involves using a special video camera that is fed down your sewer line through a clean out, vent line or removed toilet inside the house that digitally records the condition of the sewer line either within the house or all the way to the city sewers.
Sometimes a sewer line can't be cleaned or cleared if it’s been damaged too badly. To assess the extent of the damage, you may want to book your video camera inspection with Canadian Rooter Plumbers.
A good camera/video service can be expensive, but the information gleaned from viewing the integrity of your sewer pipes will be invaluable. “One of the things we discovered immediately was that anything we expected was usually 10 times worse." Canadian Rooter Plumbers can help you with that.
Sewer pipe here in Kelowna are usually installed for new builds with schedule 20 PVC 4". When we replace your sewer pipe we use only Schedule 40 PVC 4". Doubling the durability of your drain pipe system.
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What is Polybutylene piping?
Polybutylene piping, or Poly-B for short, is a flexible plastic supply plumbing material that was in use in home construction between 1978 and 1995. Poly-B can be identified by its light grey colour and the permanent markings on the tubing. As a cheaper and easier-to-use alternative to copper, Poly-B was installed in over 6 million American, and over 700.000 Canadian homes.
It’s very difficult to tell what condition Poly-B piping is in. Home inspectors can look for obvious signs, such as visible repairs or improper installation. But damage to the pipes begins from the inside where you can’t see it.
Inter NACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) advises that as leakage can happen without any warning, plumbers often recommend replacing Poly-B pipes with something else (such as PEX or copper). Not only may you have difficulty getting insurance, but Poly-B plumbing can discourage potential buyers from purchasing your home, should you decide to move.
There are things you can do to extend the life of the Poly-B pipes, but most experts say that the best solution is usually to replace the entire system.
Take a look at Jon Eakes’ website. He has asked Canadian homeowners to write in if they’ve had issues with their Poly-B plumbing. This is quite an eye-opener.
If you have Poly-B plumbing in your home, it is almost inevitable that you’ll be replacing it at some point. But there are a few things you can do to extend the life of the existing Poly-B: