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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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A Septic Tank Field Line Inspection Lets The Contractor Know If Perforation Holes Are Clogged

by Madison Dean

Your septic tank empties through a drain line that connects to a distribution box. The box has the main drain coming in one side and multiple drains exiting out the other. The multiple drains go to the drainfield. The drainfield lines have holes in them that allow wastewater to seep out.

If the holes get clogged, you'll have problems with your field or tank. If your contractor thinks the drain lines are the cause of your septic problems, they'll want to inspect the lines. Here's how they might do a septic tank field line inspection.

Start By Cleaning The Lines

If the sewer line is full of dirt or other solids, the contractor won't be able to tell what's going on. They might flush the sewer line first with a hydro jet to get it as clean as possible. The water cleans debris from the sides of the pipe and flushes everything through, all the way to the lines in the drainfield.

Use A Pipe Camera To Look In The Lines

Before going to all the trouble of digging up the drainfield to get to the drain lines, the contractor might use a pipe camera to look around. They can pass a camera into the drain line and feed it through to look at all of the drainfield lines. If the lines were flushed out just before this with a hydro jet, the contractor can tell if a perforated line is clogged by the amount of standing water in the line.

If the contractor comes to a line with a lot of standing water, they can mark the location with the camera so they know exactly where to go to start digging later if they have to. A septic tank field line inspection can identify problems such as tree roots filling the line and problems with waste buildup.

The contractor might use the hydro jet again to get rid of roots and debris, but it might be necessary to dig up the clogged pipes and replace them. When repairs have been made, the contractor may repeat the septic tank field line inspection to make sure the water disappears fast from the lines and everything works as it should.

With debris and standing water out of the way, the contractor can get a good look at the lines in your drainfield to assess their condition. This lets you know if your drainfield is still in good shape or if there could be a problem that will require expensive repairs in the near future.

For more information, contact a company like Alford Plumbing LLC.