Sewer Line Locating
One of the many services offered by Rapid-Rooter, your Athens GA expert in drain cleaning, is locating the sewer lines that may be even lying under sidewalks or driveways. It is highly probable that most business owners and home owners have no idea where those lines lie. However when dealing with clogs or breaks it is imperative that the location of these lines is known. The prevention of excessive digging in one’s yard is where sewer line locating becomes necessary. No one want the discovery of the lines done by unnecessarily digging up one’s yard or business property.
There are several approaches in ascertaining the location of the lines. A good initial step is to locate where your drain line leaves your crawl space or basement. Find one pipe you know for certain is a drain, such as one coming from a toilet or sink, and follow it until it ties into a larger-diameter pipe. Follow that larger-diameter pipe until it exits the basement or crawlspace. That drain pipe leads to your sewer line, so you at least know which side of your house on which the sewer line is buried.
Perhaps an obvious solution would be to ask the previous owner of the property. The contact information for the prior owner can be found from the appropriate jurisdiction’s property tax records.
If you have a septic tank, the solution may be as easy as location the tank. Then since the tank is usually installed where possible in a straight line from the house (knowing where the line exits the crawlspace or basement as stated above is helpful). Given that there are no obvious barriers such as large trees, the general vicinity of the sewer lines should now be sited. Using small diameter stake, cautiously probe the the ground around the area where you guess the line to be. Typically, based on local building codes, the lines should be between 12 and 24 inches below ground level.
Another alternative is to check with the local municipality. Particularly in cases where a septic tank is in use, there should be a record of the layout. The local building inspectors’ office may also be of help.
However your best alternative is to call Rapid-Rooter, one of Athens GA plumbers, to help in the discovery process and to deal with all your drain cleaning issues in Athens GA. Their technicians have the proper equipment to properly and safely locate the sewer lines. Typically they will use an electronic device. The device will have an inductive signal transmission system that will reveal the presence of the underground line. This detector is an invaluable piece of equipment that is extremely helpful in ensuring safe digging, leak detection and all types of sewer repairs.
Call Rapid-Rooter at 706-543-1234 for reliable and trustworthy plumbers in Athens GA. Having served the Athens area for over 30 years, their experience and knowledge will ensure that the locating of sewer lines will be done quickly and efficiently. And, you can rest assured that Gary Armour, the owner, will stand behind the work.