Water lines are pressurized and more susceptible to leaks. In some cases, it is difficult to detect leaks without a closer inspection. Leaks can lead to low water pressure, water damage, increased bills and a waste of natural resources. And, in the colder areas of the country frozen pipes can be a major concern.
Many older homes use cast-iron sewer pipes that are susceptible to corrosion, cracks root intrusion etc. Newer homes sewer pipes are generally made of plastic materials such as ABS (plastic) and polyethylene. They provide for the exiting of waste water materials from kitchens, baths and laundries to a sanitary sewer or septic tank system. The majority of residential sewer systems have pipes that rely on gravity systems where slight inclines in the piping allow for the flow of sewage to a further distribution point. These pipes consist of joints and fittings that can become damaged and leak. Sewer leaks can lead to unsightly odors and major messes.