Is Sludge Slowing Your Sewer Drainage?

Have you noticed the drains in your home are getting slower? You may have sludge clogging up your drain lines. Everything that goes down your drains heads out through the indoor plumbing, then out through your drain or sewer lines to your septic or main city sewer line. When sediment composed of many solids from waste water collect in your drain lines, this is called sludge, and it is a common clogging element of drain lines.

So what is sludge? It can be a combination of many things, creating a thick, nasty substance that settles in the bottom of your drain lines. It can consist of fats, grease, human waste, paper products, coffee grounds and much more. Even when you flush water through your lines, this sludge remains, collecting more solids and growing in size. If any larger items get accidentally flushed down the toilet, they get caught up in this sludge and cause a clog.

If your drains are slow, it may be sludge that is causing the problem. Drain cleaners and even snakes will not remove a large accumulation of sludge. What you need is a thorough cleaning of your drain lines by a professional septic or sewer service company. Using hydro-jetting, your drain lines can be completely flushed of sludge and remove any clogs so your sewer pipes are completely clean again.

Don’t wait for a clog to get caught up in your sludge. Call your local sewer pro to clean your drain lines with hydro-jetting. Once they are done, have them inspect the interior of your lines using a digital camera to ensure there are no other problems inside your pipes once the sludge is gone.

Posted on behalf of:
Septic Service Pro, LLC
Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30334
(678) 292-8728

Root Sewer Pipe Invasion -What Is Going on Under Your Lawn?

When you look out at your yard, it may look peaceful, even pleasant. The green grass, your beautiful trees – everything looks perfectly healthy and in place. However, there may be a war going on beneath your lawn between your sewer pipes and tree roots. Those relentless roots want what’s inside your sewer pipes and they won’t stop until they find a crevice or crack to squirm their way inside, making a mess out of your sewer lines.

Large trees and sewer lines just don’t mix, especially if you have older sewer pipes. Jointed pipes are bound to corrode and crack over time, allowing just enough space for tree roots to take hold. Tree roots can split apart giant boulders, so a few inches of piping are nothing for them to crack open if given time.

So what is the solution? You can have tree roots cleaned out of your sewer pipes by a professional using hydrojetting, but that is only a temporary fix. To rid yourself of the problem, you need to consider more permanent options such as:

  • Replace old pipes.  Replacing older fitted pipes with seamless piping such as polyethelyne pipes can prevent tree root invasion. If they are beginning to crack and corrode, this may need to be done eventually.
  • Relining pipes. A less expensive option to replacing pipes is relining the interiors with a seamless barrier. Many sewer companies offer this service.
  • Tree removal. Removing the trees is an option, but not one that most homeowners want to consider. Fixing the pipe problem is often a more viable solution.

Not sure if you have a root invasion problem? Call your local sewer company for a professional camera inspection of your sewer pipes. It is the best way to see what is going on under your lawn and determine whether your sewer pipes are holding up against root invasion.

Call your local sewer professional to discuss ways to prevent future damage to your sewer lines from your beautiful trees.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing Inc
Sterling, VA
(703) 435-4441

Handling a Sewer Backup Emergency

If you read a post on social media that one of your friends or family is dealing with a sewer backup, you immediately cringe and can empathize with their frustration. Even if you have been lucky enough not to go through it in your own home, you can imagine the discomfort of the situation. A sewer backup can cause extensive damage to your home, as well as cause a health hazard. Knowing how to handle these situations can help you get through them quicker and without injury to your family. Here are some tips to handle a sewer backup effectively.

  • Call a professional right away.  A sewer backup is a true emergency – don’t wait to call a professional, even if it is in the middle of the night. Many plumbers and sewer services are on call 24/7.
  • Prevent electrical shock. Be aware of the potential of electric shock if water is on the floors. If possible, turn off the electrical breaker to the affected rooms and don’t use electrical equipment when in standing water.
  • Prevent exposure to raw sewage water. Sewer water is full of potentially harmful bacteria, making it dangerous to your family. Until it can be cleaned thoroughly, keep everyone including pets away from the area, staying elsewhere if possible.
  • Expect clean up expenses. A severe sewer backup may require professional removal. It is critical that all the moisture is removed to prevent mold growth and that all surfaces are decontaminated for your family’s safety.

Though no one wants to experience a sewer backup, they do happen. However, many can be prevented with regular sewer or septic system inspections. Talk to your local plumber or sewer professional about what you can do to prevent sewer backups in your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Hunter’s Septic Service
Nesbit, MS
(662) 429-1686

Clear Your Sewer Lines with Hydrojetting

Are you experiencing slow drains, or worse, sewer back-ups? You may have a clogged sewer pipe. Sewer lines, like any plumbing, can become clogged with fat, grease, hair and other debris that goes down your drains. But it is not just what you put down the drain that can cause a blockage. Sometimes the trees growing in your yard can be the culprit, with roots growing into your pipes. Whatever the reason for the clog, the easiest way to remove a sewer line blockage is with hydrojetting.

What Is Hydrojetting?

Professional sewer service companies use high pressure water to clean out sewer lines through a process called hydrojetting. Similar to pressure washing, this professional service can safely remove even severe clogs in your underground sewer lines without needing to dig up the pipes. Using specialized equipment, the high pressured water cleans the debris stuck inside the pipes and can even remove tree roots that have grown into the lines, causing blockages.

To prepare for hydrojetting, most sewer service companies will first inspect the pipes using a video camera. Using these small digital cameras, sewer professionals can find the clogs and inspect the interior of the pipes to ensure that there is not any other repairs needed. Then after the hydrojetting is completed, the pipes can be inspected again to make sure all clogs, roots and debris is removed.

Hydrojetting is a great way to remove clogs; it can also be used as part of your maintenance plan to prevent clogs. Talk to your local sewer service company about scheduling a hydrojetting service for your sewer pipes as a solution to slow drains or as a prevention measure.

Posted on behalf of:
Septic Service Pro, LLC
Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30334
(678) 292-8728

Is There A Funky Smell Coming From Your Sink?

It shouldn’t be a surprise that your sink drains can become odorous, emitting a funky smell which canbe caused by a variety of factors. Consider all the different foods and liquids which end up going down your drains; if you left these items in a bucket in your home, they would eventually begin to sour or rot. Even if you don’t have  a clogged drain, there can still be a collection of food particles, hair and oils that can adhere to your pipes and begin to attract smelly bacteria. If your sink has a foul smell, it is time to clean out your drain and the pipes.

Cleaning Your Sink Drains

The first step to getting rid of odors in your kitchen or bath is to clean out the drain in your sink. If you have a pop-up or drain cover, these will need to be removed. Remove all debris and use a disinfectant cleaner to clean the pop-up or drain cover. While this will help, there is usually more debris trapped below if you are smelling a powerful odor.

You can begin by using an old toothbrush or bristled brush to clean the drain while the drain cover or pop-up is pulled out. Scrub the pipe and pull out any hair, debris or crusted food that may be attached to the outside of the pipes. After cleaning the top pipe, try pouring boiling water down the drain to remove any excess particles and to disinfect the area.

If there is still an odor, you may have debris collected in the elbow pipe below the sink. It is common for clogs to form in the nook of this pipe. This will require disassembling the pipes below to clear any layers of gunk which may be stuck in the pipe.

If you are unable to disassemble the pipe yourself or need further assistance finding the source of the odor, call your local sewer or septic professional. The source of the odor may be farther down the pipes, and may be a sign of a sewer or septic issue.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing Inc
Sterling, VA
(703) 435-4441

Slow Drains Can Mean Sewer Line Problems

We have all experienced a sink or bathtub that drains slowly. Most of the time, slow draining is a plumbing problem, usually a clog in the pipes under the offending water fixture. However, in some cases, slow drains can be an indication of a larger, more serious sewer line issue. If you have a clogged sewer line, it may be backing up sewer water into your home, causing the slow drain.

When A Slow Drain Indicates Sewer Line Problems

If a sewer line is clogged or not draining wastewater efficiently, one of the signs are slow-moving drains. However, it is unlikely that a sink on the second floor of your house will be where the problem starts. Since sewer lines use gravity, the lowest point in your home will be the first place where you can expect to experience slow draining due to a sewer line problem. This could be a bathroom fixture on the first level of your home, such as a toilet, bathtub or sink, most likely more than one.

If your slow drain is due to a problem in your sewer lines, it could be something as simple as a clog. It could also mean your sewer lines have become flat, no longer having the decline necessary for wastewater to flow efficiently. Another possible scenario is a cracked or broken pipe. Whatever the issue, you will need to get the problem resolved before your sewer lines stop working altogether.

Your local sewer professional can perform an inspection to find out exactly what and where the problem is in your  sewer lines. Most companies now use camera inspections to view what is happening below the surface inside your sewer pipes, making it fast and easy to find and fix the problem.

Posted on behalf of Mike Smith, A-Flo Free Septic

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Spring Cleaning For Your Septic Pipes

Your septic system needs regular maintenance to function properly, including cleaning your septic lines outside of your home. Over the years, debris, waste and even outside invaders like tree roots can begin to clog your sewer pipes. It’s only a matter of time before the lines become clogged, backing up sewer waste into your home. This spring, give your sewer lines the cleaning they need with a hydrojetting service.

What Is Hydrojetting?

Many plumbing and septic companies offer a service called hydro jetting, which can safely clean and clear your septic lines. This technique uses high pressured water to remove built-up debris inside of your underground sewer pipes. The pressured water is able to remove all types of materials which can line your pipes without the use of harmful chemicals. Some of the benefits of using this service include:

  • Faster draining pipes. If you have begun to notice slow draining in your home, clearing your septic pipes may alleviate this problem.
  • Prevent tree root damage. Hyrdojetting can remove small tree roots that have grown into your sewer lines. Removing these roots now can prevent them from cracking your pipes which can lead to expensive repair or replacement.
  • Prevent emergency sewer backups. There is never a good time to have a sewer back-up. Prevent future clogs by clearing out accumulated waste now.

Preventative cleaning of your sewer pipes can save you money on expensive sewer problems down the road. It can also reduce the corrosion of older clay or cement pipes, extending the life of your sewer lines. Call your local plumbing or septic company today to schedule your hydrojetting service!

Posted on behalf of Seagraves Plumbing Septic and Sewer

Do You Have A Clogged Drain Pipe Or A Clogged Sewer Line?

All pipes leading from a drain can become clogged, from the small pipes under your sink to the large exterior sewer pipes under your yard. While a clogged pipe inside your home can often be quickly remedied, a clogged sewer pipe can lead to larger and more expensive problems if not resolved. If you have a slow drain or drains that are backing up, these signs may suggest that you have more than a clogged drain and that you should call a sewer professional for drain line repairs:

  • Location of drain affected. With a sewer clog, generally the problems will begin in drains closest to the main sewer pipe. This may be drains in the basement or first floor of your home, typically washing machine or bathtub drains.
  • Slow drains. The drains affected will start by draining slowly. Then other drains will begin draining slower until usually, all drains are affected. These will seem to climb, starting at the lowest level drain, working up those at the highest levels.
  • Odor. A clogged sewer pipe will usually begin to emit an unpleasant smell as sewer water becomes trapped in the pipes below and in your home. This odor, combined with slow or backed up drains, is almost always a sewer pipe problem or clog.

Sewer pipe clogs should be handled by a professional. Many companies will use a video inspection to find the clog or problem, and then recommend solutions for getting it fixed. Sometimes clogs can be removed through flushing, however if other damage has occurred, there may need to be repair. Getting a professional out to assess the situation quickly is your best bet, and can save you both time and money in the long run.

Posted on behalf of Shawn Bynum, Bynum Plumbing

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Clear Your Sewer Pipes Using Hydro Jetting

Over time, sewer pipes can become coated and even clogged with debris that can lead to expensive sewer repairs. Everything that goes down your drains can slowly build up on the inside of your pipes, and without a thorough cleaning, can lead to clogs, breaks and leaks. Grease, hair and even invading tree roots can be removed from your sewer pipes using one of the most powerful cleaners available: water!

Benefits Of Hydrojetting

Hydrojetting is the use of water at high pressure to clear out pipes, including your sewer pipes. The water pressure can remove all of the built-up residue and even clear out roots that have grown into your pipes through cracks and joints, leaving your pipes looking like new. Many professional plumbers use this as the preferred method of cleaning sewer pipes for a few reasons.

No chemicals. With hydrojetting, there is no need to use harmful chemicals to clear clogs. The pressure of the water is enough to dislodge most clogs, even tree roots. Without chemicals, hydrojetting is a greener option, with less impact to the environment.

Less expensive. The time and equipment needed for hydrojetting can be less expensive than trying to snake out pipes, or worse, replace pipes that have become clogged. This can cost less in both labor and parts.

Hydrojetting is great for removing clogs, however it is also a great way to maintain your sewer pipes and prevent clogs from happening in the first place. Having your pipes cleaned with hydrojetting once a year along with a routine inspection can often help extend the life of your sewer pipes and prevent expensive sewer emergencies, saving you time, money and inconvenience in the long run.

Posted on behalf of Septic Service Pro

Hydrojetting to Clear Sewer Drain Lines

Depending on the number of people in your household and the level of usage, your septic system will require cleaning every three to five years. On occasion, however, solids can build up and overflow into your drainfield due to clogs and blockage of the header line. One solution to this problem is to clean the pipes in order to restore normal functionality.

Using high-pressure streams of water to clean solid pipe buildup is known as hydro-jetting. This service can be performed by most professional sewer and septic maintenance companies, though it should never be attempted by home handymen. It can be a relatively inexpensive alternative to complete replacement of a failing system. There are, however, times when hydro-jet cleaning is not the right tack to take when dealing with septic problems. That’s only one of the reasons why attempting to complete the process yourself is ill-advised.

Your septic field line is perforated so that waste water can seep into the gravel and soil surrounding it for natural filtration and treatment. In some situations, the force of the pressurized water can force solids into that gravel, which can actually plug the line. Make sure that you’re working with a licensed sewer-septic company with a strong reputation, as improperly conducted hydro-jet cleaning can have adverse effects.

If you think that your septic system could benefit from hydro-jet cleaning, contact a licensed sewer and septic maintenance company in your area. They can discuss with you the benefits and potential drawbacks of the procedure, as well as alternatives in situations where hydro-jetting may not be an effective solution.

Posted on behalf of Shawn Bynum, Bynum Plumbing

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