Homebuyers Beware: Check Those Sewer Pipes before You Purchase

Most homeowners and business owners don’t know what condition their sewer pipes are in. Most don’t even think to check them. Cincinnati is seeing that if a question was posed to these owners, those in the Cincinnati area would have no clue what state their sewer pipes are in and really won’t care to pursue further.

We all take sewer pipes for granted, that is, until they don’t function and we are faced with a major leak or other issue. This is what happened to a couple who purchased a new home in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash. A couple months after moving in, their sewer backed up destroying their finished basement. This is becoming quite a common scenario amongst homeowners and most don’t know where to go from there or how to begin to prevent something like this from happening.

Another issue with the sewer pipes and not knowing what lies beneath? The location of the lines. A homeowner recently discovered that their pipe ran underneath their neighbor’s garage. Digging to repair the sewer pipe would have caused major destruction to the neighbor’s garage floor, which the homeowner causing the destruction would have had to pay for. Thankfully, no excavation was required and it was repaired through the CIPP method.

CIPP is a method for restoring older pipe lines with minimal digging in streets and on adjacent property. A piece of durable lining is installed inside the old pipe. It is a safe and environmentally sound solution to replace and repair aging pipes.

Homeowners should be aware of two things to avoid these issues: how old is my sewer pipe and how much of it am I responsible for as the homeowner? It’s inherently important to understand the answers to these questions and what it means for you.

There are several signs a homeowner should be aware of when it comes to failing sewer pipe: visible water damage, unexplained toilet backups, slow-draining water in sinks and bathtubs, cracking of driveway and a new dip in the yard. Also, if your neighbors are having sewer issues, chances are you soon will too.

If you are planning on selling your home, you should have your sewer checked before putting your home on the market, to avoid surprises that could slow the transaction or have the sale of the home fall apart.

If you are a home buyer and the sellers do not provide a sewer inspection report, you should certainly have it checked before making your offer.

If you suspect your sewer pipe may be clogging up, then contact Perma-Liner™ Industries and we can put you in contact with one of our certified installers.

Attention all Cincinnati and Ohio residents and installers, Perma-Liner Industries has an event for you to attend! Everyone is invited to our NEW PRODUCTS LIVE DEMO Sept. 12 – 13 in New Castle, Del. Visit www.perma-liner.com to register and find out more. You can expect to have our knowledgeable staff on hand demonstrating to you the latest CIPP technology. We hope to see you there!

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