The cost of plumbing maintenance

Clogged drains and dripping faucets are common plumbing issues for Calgary homeowners. These minor issues are annoying but expected. Owning a home includes the cost of plumbing maintenance.

However, some plumbing problems aren’t minor. Septic tank problems, main drain line clogs, pipe problems and replacements, and in-wall leaks require experience to diagnose and repair. Any of these plumbing problems has the potential to wreak major havoc in the household.

Because these problems aren’t run-of-the-mill quick fixes, it’s important to consult with an experienced plumbing professional. Quicker Rooter Plumbing in Calgary offers both commercial and residential plumbing services.

Septic Tank Issues

Most Calgary homes are hooked up to a municipal sewer system or to a private septic tank. Septic tanks frequently fail because solids accumulate over time in the system drain field. Grease, waste products, and even a plumbing leak can result in septic tank plumbing problems.

Of course, most septic tank owners know it’s important to pump the tank on a regular basis. Some delay the chore of calling the septic tank service because it’s costly, but that decision can be pennywise and pound foolish.

If the septic tank backs up or fails, replacing the septic tank can be quite expensive. Typically, septic tank replacement costs thousands of dollars.

The process of repairing or replacing a septic tank can be quite disruptive and messy as well. The service may need to use a backhoe to access the tank and, as a result, landscaping and plants may be damaged.

Main Drain Line Clogs

If one or more of the drains are backing up with waste, the problem isn’t localized to a single toilet or sink. Note that a septic tank problem can create backed up drains but, before concluding the worst-case scenario, it’s essential to check the main drain line.

An obstruction in the main pipe stops wastewater from reaching the septic system or sewer. If the clog persists, it will back fill to toilets, bathtubs, and sinks. A professional plumber is needed to clean out the main drain line right away to avoid additional plumbing damage.

Pipe Replacements

Older homes have old pipes. Pipes may rust and wear out without warning. Preventive maintenance may include total pipe replacement at some point. Depending on the original installation design, the cost of total pipe replacement may be significant.

However, total pipe replacement isn’t always necessary. It’s good business sense to ask several experienced plumbers to make a quote on the job before writing a big check.

Pipe replacement is also a disruptive process. Water supply to the home or business is shut down, and all existing pipes are removed. Installation of new pipes follows.

Older construction may pose a challenge to the plumber. Accessing the pipes may be difficult. In that scenario, the plumbing project could include initial demolition, installation of pipes, and subsequent rebuilding.

Inner-Wall Leaks

Pipes installed in the home or office building walls can and do leak. When an in-wall leak happens, it’s critical to call an experienced plumbing service right away. This is a major repair.

The plumber will shut off the water supply and complete the repair. Surrounding materials, such as drywall, may be removed in order to reach the leaking pipe(s). New materials must be purchased to restore the wall(s) after the leak is repaired. The cost of the plumbing repair must include the cost of wall restoration in most cases.


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