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Proactive Countermeasures for Corrosion and Sewer Smells

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Your household maintenance should not just focus on the more visible fixtures of your home like the taps, sinks, and toilets. You should also take note of the proper upkeep of your sewer pipes since their deterioration will lead to the eventual breakdown of your sewer system.

Among the assorted types of pipes installed in sewer systems, metal pipes are highly commended for their durability and toughness. However, there is one archenemy that reduces metal pipes to their crumbling state – corrosion. Metallic pipes such as cast iron and galvanised steel, among others definitely becomes brittle and inoperative once the rust thoroughly rots them away.

Aside from rust and corrosion, some pipes also exhibit sewer odours and damaged pipeline. All of these cumbersome sewer issues can be minimised, if not entirely thwarted off if only you observe proper countermeasures to fight them. Read more about them below.

 

  • Know the Causes of Corrosion

Preventing corrosion from eating away your underground pipes involves basic chemistry. Natural factors are also sized up. Below are some of the common causes of corrosion and sewer odours:

  • Soil, mud, fragments from broken pipelines and other debris that form clogs
  • Aged and Crumbled Pipes
  • Bacteria producing sewer odour
  • Hydrogen sulphide (a compound that causes sewer smells also)
  • Acidic Wastewater (i.e. low pH substances and chemicals dumped into the sewer line)
  • High concentration of sulphate and iron bacteria

 

  • Safeguard your Pipes from Corrosive Attacks

Since installing metal pipes in your sewer system ultimately leads to a corrosion-invasion, it is best to not use metal pipes after all. Although metal pipes can assure you of durability and toughness, these features are somewhat negated since the pipes will not be able to reach their service limit, given their vulnerability to rust. Instead, choose pipes that have low to non-existent metal composition such as vitrified clay pipes, PVC, fibreglass, HDPE, among others.

 

  • Reinforce and Protect your Pipes through Liners

Pipes will eventually give in to damaging factors as they age and deteriorate. In repairing and rehabilitating your pipes, consider having them relined. Partially broken or corroded pipelines can still be restored to their tip-top condition through pipe relining. Through inserting a resin liner (usually consisting of epoxy) within the pipe pipes and securing it to the lining, a new pipe is somewhat formed within the host pipe.

The resin can actually improve the resistance of your pipes against corrosion and brings out the same level of durability metal pipes have. If you are concerned with the laborious excavations pipe rehabilitations usually entail, you need not to worry. Pipe relining is minimally disruptive to landscape and surface traffic since the only dredges needed are just enough for the liner to gain access to the damaged pipeline.

 

  • Prevent Sewer Odours

If there is an appalling sewer stench that lingers in your home, your main sewer line must be clogged causing sewer backups. You will have to contact a professional plumber to check on your drains and clear your pipes from obstructions. Typically, contractors use hydro jets that release strong water pressure to unclog your pipes. The intense water disbursement will push out whatever sludge, wastes, chemicals, grease, debris and other obstructions that accumulated in your pipe interior.