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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

When talking about any profession, most people tend to focus on the here and now. That's understandable. it's really important to know what's going on in the present tense. But you are missing out on some vital information if you never read and learn about the history of a profession. This applies to plumbing, in particular. You can really further your understanding of the profession by knowing how it began and what changes have been made over the years. That's why we sometimes reference the history of plumbing on this blog. We'll also dive into the future of the profession from time to time because, after all, you have to know where you're headed.




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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

Why Sewer Line Installations Are A Very Precise Job

by Madison Dean

Modern advances in technology have allowed for a very high standard of living across America, and while many take little things for granted, including your sewer system when you need to install a new one, it becomes clear just how well thought out these processes really are. If you are building a new home or adjusting your old one and need a new sewer line installation, then you are probably hoping for a quick construction turnaround. While it certainly will not take as long as some of the other parts of the build, a sewer line installation can still chew up several days or longer, depending on environmental circumstances. After you understand the reasoning behind the precision involved in installing your sewer line, you will be thankful that you didn't have to do it on your own! Here is a brief rundown of the most important aspects that dictate how your sewer line is put in.

Frost Level

Winter, in a large portion of the country, is a very inhospitable time for all sorts of things, not the least of which is your sewer line. If your line is buried too shallow, then you can actually face the extremely unpleasant task of having frozen waste get built up in your pipes and cause thousands of dollars in damage. So, to avoid this, sewer line installation experts always make sure to figure out how deep the frost line is where they are. In some states, it can be quite shallow, due to mild winters, but in others, like Alaska, it can be much deeper. They also need to take into account how deep the main sewer line connection is due to the frost line and match that up with yours, which is not as simple as it sounds. Finding a sewer line underground, without breaking it, requires a careful touch. 

Slow And Steady Angle

Apart from just the frost, you are also battling another, less obvious enemy when it comes to your sewer line connection: gravity. It is easy to assume there is some high-tech reason why your waste reaches the main sewer line, but for the most part, gravity will do all of the heavy lifting, which saves on power and maintenance costs, as long as it is installed right. After all, if the line becomes too flat and the waste just doesn't have the legs to get to the end anymore, then your contractor will have to dig up the entire trench and change it by only a few millimeters. Sewer line installations are done so well and precisely that this is almost never a problem that occurs in reality.

Packing It Proper

Loosely fitting ground over a recently covered-up trench that contains your sewer line is a recipe for trouble. Not only will dogs and wild animals find this easy to dig up, but it can present a problem with the growth of vegetation that you want to cover the obvious scar in the earth. Solidly packing everything into place once it is done in a way that there is no mound that could cause a trip (and also so that loose dirt doesn't shift) requires the touch of someone who has done it a thousand times before. It also means that the pipe itself is held together by gravity and the surrounding earth, so it will not shift if it gets a particularly heavy load. Making sure that the required decline in angle, mentioned above, does not cause problems with a bump in certain parts and a depression in others is also tricky.

Contact a sewer line installation contractor to learn more.