How often should I clean my sewer line?

how often should I clean my sewer line?

We get lots of questions from customers, and PlumbingGirl is ready to take them on.

Dear PlumbingGirl,

Can you tell me how often I should be cleaning my sewer line? My neighbors replaced their sewer line and I don’t want that to happen to me. Watching their entire yard be dug up, I can’t imagine how much money and heartache that caused! Please help.


Scared in Englewood


Dear Scared in Englewood,

It’s ok. Just because your neighbor dug up and replaced their sewer line doesn’t mean you will have to.

The frequency in which to do a sewer line cleaning is determined by a few factors:

  1. How many people are in the home.

The more the sewer system is being used is important. Vacant homes can have issues because water hasn’t been moving through. Households with several members can also push a lot into the sewer line, and, if there’s roots in the line, can back up quick.

  1. How the people in the home use the sewer system.

If the owners use a lot of products that aren’t particularly sewer friendly, such as ultra or thick toilet paper, or they flush tampons, paper towels or wipes, the likelihood of a back up are greatly increased.

  1. The density of trees and subsequent tree roots in the area.

Lots of trees, whose roots are looking for nourishment, will find their way into the porous sewer line. These roots will then catch items attempting to pass through, causing a clog and/or back up.

  1. Damages or irregularities in the sewer line.

Sometimes sewer lines will settle, just as a house settles. This can cause an offset, which is basically when the pipe separates from another section of pipe at the joint. These offsets will allow easier penetration by tree roots, dirt and allow items to get caught up, which causes a clog and/or back up as well. Additionally, cracks, breaks and bellies can lead to additional problems that would cause the need for more frequent sewer line cleanings.


Overall, the technician who does the sewer line cleaning for you, should be able to make a recommendation about how often you should get your sewer line ran. If you are performing a sewer rooter more than once every 3 months, it may be time to call in a professional to have a sewer scope service done. You may have a more significant issue that needs to be addressed. We have found in the Denver area most homeowners get a sewer cleaning done every 1-2 years.


If you have more questions about sewer line cleaning, want to schedule a cleaning or sewer scope service, give Garvin’s Sewer Service a call at 303-571-5114.




Save Money and Your Air-conditioning Unit!

The note on my desk said,

“Good morning, Kris! I was thinking that we should run a special on installing these on residential a/c’s. They save money on usage and makes your a/c condenser more efficient. It also makes the condenser start much easier. Total cost including installation, approx. $245. They’ll save that much in two summers. It also makes your a/c last much longer.”

George T.

I’m not a tech, but I trust George and so I’m saying, “Let’s do it!”

Do you want to save money, improve your a/c’s efficiency and add to it’s longevity?

Call TODAY and say, “I want the $245 A/C Special!”

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This is the information I took straight from their website:

A 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® (aka Hard Start Kit) significantly reduces the amount of time your ac compressor takes to start. Air conditioners with the 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® typically start in 30-50% less time than air conditioners without the product.

This is important because the compressor on your air conditioner consumes more power on start up than any other device in your home. Start up is the hardest time in the life of any type of electrical equipment. Ever notice that light bulbs almost always burn out when you first turn them on and not while they are on? This is due to the huge current that rushes in when a switch is thrown and power is first applied.

The heat that accompanies the in-rush current can damage vital electrical components – the air conditioner compressor, the air conditioner run capacitor and contacts. An ac compressor may consume 45,000 watts of power while the motor is trying to start – TEN times more power than it uses while running. By comparison, the large burner on an electric stove only consumes approximately 5,000 watts on high.

An air conditioner can start up more than 6,000 times in a single air conditioning season. With a 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® you will reduce ac repairs and the need for air conditioning service.

Some top-of-the-line air conditioners come from the factory with 5-2-1 technology built in. Now you can have a 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® installed in your existing ac unit by a professional.

The cost of a 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® is a fraction of the cost of replacing an ac compressor damaged by hard starts. It could add years to the life of your compressor and other electrical components associated with your a/c system.


Please call (303) 571-5114 TODAY to schedule your appointment to have a compressor installed for $245 (This is the total cost for Parts and Labor!)



Why to hire a professional for water heater install

I recently watched an episode of Myth Busters where they dealt with an issue of a water heater exploding in a house. Water heater replacement isn’t the cheapest home investment, and some homeowners choose the less expensive option of DIY. Although you may be able to get a budget friendly water heater at a home improvement/ hardware store, most plumbing companies won’t warranty parts they don’t supply. Also, unless you purchase the high-end units at those stores, you can expect it to not last as long as the water heaters that the professional plumbers will have access to. And, as you can see in the video, proper installation is critical. We always recommend a professional when it’s time for a new water heater.