You might know not to dispose of kitchen grease in your sink or toilet, but that doesn't mean that the previous owner of your home followed this rule. If you've just bought a new house and are looking to lessen the risk of an unpleasant plumbing-related surprise in the coming weeks or months, you might want to schedule a visit from a local plumbing professional. There are many things that the plumber can do for you, but one option is to use a sewer camera to assess the condition of your home's sewer pipe, which can reveal whether the previous owner might have disposed of the kitchen grease incorrectly.
A sewer camera could pick up on these indicators of trouble.
1. A Visible Grease Coating
If the previous owner of your home disposed of kitchen grease down the sink or toilet on repeated occasions, it's possible that the interior of the sewer pipe will have an obvious coating of grease. Although countless gallons of water may have passed over the greasy pipe since you moved in, they can be ineffective at washing it away — especially if there's a significant volume of grease. Your plumbing contractor will show you video clips of the grease, which may have a shimmery appearance.
2. Deposits Stuck to the Grease
Another visual indicator of a grease issue in your home's sewer pipe can be various deposits stuck along the length of the pipe's interior. Waste matter such as toilet paper should slide through your sewer pipe with ease, eventually making its way to the city sewer pipe and being carried out of your neighborhood. When the interior of your sewer pipe has a layer of grease, its stickiness may hold small pieces of toilet paper and other matter — another sure sign of a problem.
3. Smaller Pipe Diameter
Your plumber knows how large your sewer pipe should be, but it may be evident that a build-up of kitchen grease has decreased the diameter of the pipe. If the previous homeowner disposed grease in this manner on repeated occasions, then the interior of the pipe can get so coated with grease and result in a smaller opening for waste flow. This can lead to a variety of problems, including blockages and backups — both of which can be costly and unpleasant. A plumber who identifies a grease issue with a sewer camera can then take steps to flush the grease away and open up the sewer pipe.
To learn more, contact sewer inspection services in your area.