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Four Major Reasons Your Sewer Line is Clogged

April 22nd, 2019

Guest Blog Post: Randy Stark

Keeping your home in the best possible condition is essential. For that, you need to attend your plumbing fixtures, pipes, and drains. And all these are directly connected to the largest space of the plumbing zone in your house, which is the primary sewer line.

Sometimes, because of improper use of drains and fixtures the primary sewer line might gets damaged. There can be other factors leading to this as well. The central sewer line might get clogged that might require a specialized repair service. Here you need to get in touch with an ace service provider. You can search for a company based on your location. For instance, if you are in Virginia Beach, you can search for sewer line repair Virginia Beach services and select from the options.

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However, it is essential to know the reasons for the sewer line repair. Some of the significant causes of clogged sewer repair are as follows:

 

1 – Massive Pipe Damage

There are times when sewer pipes get broken or ruptured. Here the sewage might not allow seamless draining via the system. It results in frequent and instant backups. The prevalent causes of sewer pipe damage are as follows:

  • An older pipe could have got corroded which might lead to pipe collapse or breakage.
  • There could be leaking joints that can seal the area between the pipe spaces that are broken, enabling sewage and water to escape.
  • Factors like shifting soil can also lead to pipe rupture which can lead to maximized traffic on the ground. Alternatively, there can be a hefty construction device right on top of the ground.

 

2 - The Sagging Sewer Line

No homeowner can control this. The sagging sewer lines take place over some time. And the bellied pipe happens when a specific part of the pipe gets sunk because of soil conditions or ground conditions. The lowest part of the line will start to collect waste and paper, which will lead to repeating the blockage.

 

3 – Tree Root Damage

Really old sewer lines can be made of clay. Sometimes, other porous materials were also used in creating sewer lines. Furthermore, the junctions between the pipe spaces were not as firm as we see with our pipes today. When shrub and tree roots grow, they keep typically grow towards water. When they get latched to the sewer pipe, they grow inside the pipe to get to the water source inside. And when the roots grow over some time, it might cause the line to break completely.

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4 – Flushing Items That Don’t Belong Down the Toilet

To keep your plumbing system is excellent condition, it is essential for you to understand the things you can  flush down the toilet. It is not a good thing to treat your toilet as if it is a trashcan. It will invariably result in severe sewer drain problems. The most important rule to keep in mind when you are flushing the toilet is to know that all the toilet paper, as well as human waste, goes down. Hence, it is essential to be careful about it.

These are some of the critical factors that result in clogged sewer lines. Once you’ve identified the cause, make it a point to get in touch with an ace plumbing service provider to address these issues.

 

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Your Pre-Holiday Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

November 13th, 2017

 

During the Holidays you may find yourself doing a lot of entertaining. Some would argue that this is the most wonderful time of the year. Whatever side of the fence you stand, this is a busy time of year. Its busy everywhere; the grocery store, the mall, the freeway, the post office… As family and friends get together to spread some holiday cheer, it is also a busy time for your plumbing system. Which is why, as the countdown begins to turkey day, the kickoff of the holiday season, it is a good idea to get some holiday plumbing maintenance done, before your in laws check in.

 

#1 Preventative Drain Cleaning

Preventative drain cleaning is one of the best things you can do for your holiday plumbing maintenance. Regular drain cleaning helps remove buildup and debris that can get lodged in your pipes and cause clogs and drainage issues. If you holiday plumbingplan on entertaining for the holidays, then you will probably be cooking up a storm, which can put undue pressure on your plumbing. Get ahead of the clogs and drainage issues, and have your drains cleaned by a professional. This will help keep things moving.

 

#2 Check the Plumbing in Your Guest Bathroom

Guest bathroom tend to not get used a lot, which means that you might be unaware of an existing issue. Inspect your guest bathroom before your guests arrive as part of your holiday plumbing maintenance. Look for leaks around the faucet, showerhead, under the sink, and around the toilet. Make sure that the traps aren’t dried out, which can happen in restrooms that aren’t used that often and can result in the offensive smell of sewer gas creeping in through your plumbing. Also make sure that your toilet is up to the challenge. Run some test flushes, and inspect the inter working parts of the toilet. Replace parts as needed, a new flapper may be in order if the toilet continues to run.

 

#3 Water Heater

Holiday entertaining could put your water heater on overtime. Which is why it’s a good idea to inspect your water heater and make sure it is ready. Look for any leaks, or signs of corrosion. Inspect the pilot and make sure it is strong. Check the thermostat and make sure is set no higher than 120 degrees. If your water heater is showing signs of excessive wear and tear, it may be a good time to invest in a new one. Contact your plumber to discuss your options.

 

#4 Be Prepared

holiday plumbingThe holidays always bring a log of surprises, some of them great, while others not so much. Which is why it is important to be prepared for plumbing surprises. Make sure you have the proper tools on hand to prevent damage. We recommend having an at least 2 plungers, one dedicated to the sink and the other dedicated for the toilet. A pair of tongue and groove pliers is also good to have on hand. Keeping a roll of plastic is also a good idea to protect your belonging and surrounding area in the event of a plumbing related flood.

 

Being prepared is the best line of defense against a holiday plumbing disaster is holiday plumbing maintenance. Find a plumber in your area with our plumbing directory.

 

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Tips From Plumbers to Prevent Plumbing Problems

February 17th, 2017

 

 

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Plumbing problems are terrible to deal with. It takes time, patience, and money to restore things to normal working order. The best line of defense against plumbing problems is prevention. Avoiding plumbing problems by preventing them in the first place will help save you money, time, and stress. Here are some tips plumbers wish their customers knew about preventing plumbing problems.

#1 Drains are Not Trashcans

A clogged drain is one of the most common plumbing problems out there. Most clogged drains are preventable.  One of the leading causes of a clogged drain, is improper usage of drains, or treating drains like trashcans. The truth of the matter is that drains are meant to dispose of waste water and that’s about it. When other items like trash make it into the drain they can get stuck and form obstructions that prevent the proper flow of water. When it comes to preventing plumbing problems, one of the best things you can do is to watch what goes down the drain. Never put trash, grease, chemicals, paint, plastic, glass, large food particles, or hair down the drain.

#2 Liquid Drain Cleaner

When it comes to clogged drains, many are quick to reach for the liquid drain cleaner. Unfortunately, liquid drain cleaner usually does not resolve the problem. While it may temporarily clear a drain, usually the problem will resurface. When it comes to a clogged rain, proper drain cleaning done by a professional is your best bet. Not only will professional drain cleaning alleviate the clogged drain, but also help protect your plumbing system and your health from the harmful chemicals in liquid drain cleaning. If your drains are prone to clogging, one of the best things you can do for your drains is regular drain cleaning

#3 DIY

While some things it may be a good idea to DIY, other things like a major plumbing repair you might want to leave to the professionals. A botched DIY attempts could end up

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causing more damage and cost more money to fix. To protect your home from and even bigger plumbing problem, please call a professional. You really aren’t saving any money by failing at a DIY attempt.

#4 Garbage Disposal

Aside from watching what goes down the drain you should also make sure you are not overworking your garbage disposal by putting too much in it. Garbage disposals are designed to chop of waste particles into smaller bits so that they don’t cause clogs, however garbage disposals have their limits. Avoid putting things that don’t go down the drain in your garbage disposal, and always run small loads with running water to prevent plumbing problems.

#5 Pay Attention to the Age of Your Water Heater

Not knowing the age of your water heater can set you up for disaster when you least expect it. Traditional tank storage water heaters are designed to last around 10 years, give or take a little. What this means is that if you don’t know how old your water heater is you could be unknowingly reaching the end of your water heaters lifespan. When a water heater goes out it could cause all kinds of plumbing problems; flooding, leaks, discolored water… It is important to prepare yourself mentally, physically, and financially for when you water heater goes out, as replacing your water heater can be a costly event.

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Frozen Pipes – Winter’s Calling Card

November 23rd, 2016

 

The winter elements can do quite a bit of damage to a homes plumbing system. Frozen pipes are a very serious plumbing problem that can be devastating. Preventing frozen pipes is one the most important things a homeowner can do to prevent thousands of dollars worth of damage.

 

What Causes Frozen Pipes?

 

When temperatures drop below 32 degrees water freezes. What this means for plumbing pipes is the water can freeze inside the pipe. When water freezes it expands causing the pipe to burst. The best way to prevent frozen pipes is to make sure the pipes are properly insulated.

 

Who’s Most at Risk for Frozen Pipes?

 

Homes that are most at risk for frozen pipes are vacant homes. Perhaps vacation homes or investment properties that do not have full time tenants. Vacant homes are more at risk for frozen pipes because since they are vacant nobody is there ona regular basis to run water or keep the home heated. If a home isn’t looked after on a regular basis then signs of damage may not be caught right away leading to more damage from frozen pipes.

 

Home that are in regions where temperatures don’t often dip below freezing are also at risk. In regions where temperatures in typically nice all year long may not be prepared for a weather fluke such as a drastic drop in temperatures. Most homes in areas that are prone to freezing are already prepared for low temperatures. However, in more moderate climates homes could be left more vulnerable.

 

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

The best plan of defense against frozen pipes is to be prepared. You can be prepared for frozen pipes by taking the proper precautions:

  • Install insulation around all pipes that are exposed to the elements.
  • Check for air leaks that could allow for cold air to reach pipes. Places for concern are around the foundation, crawl spaces and attics. Patch and fill any holes that could allow for a cold draft.
  • Keep heater running during the colder months. It doesn’t have to be running full blast, 65 degrees will do. Just enough to keep warmer air circulating.
  • If the home is vacant make arrangements for the home to be checked on a regular basis.

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Chilling Sounds Your Plumbing Might Make that Mean You Have a Plumbing Problem

October 31st, 2016

Major plumbing problems can be scary, especially when you are caught off guard or in the middle of entertaining. They always seem to pick the opportune time to strike, when you least expect it. However, sometimes plumbing problems comes with tale tell signs, or more so sounds. Sounds that can make you wonder…do you have a major plumbing problem or is your house haunted. Here are three common chilling sounds that your plumbing might make to alert you that you have a plumbing problem on the rise.

 

Screeching

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Is that a witch screeching in the distance? Nope just the screeching sound of your faucet opening. A screeching faucet is fortunately an easy and relatively inexpensive plumbing problem to fix. Over time some of the components inside the faucet can wear out. The inner parts can be replaced individually; however, it may be more affordable in the long run to replace the faucet entirely. This will not only ensure that you have a working faucet free of a witch’s blood curdling screech, but also a more efficient faucet that utilizes less water and modernizes the space.

 

Hissing

A hissing sound coming out of the dark bathroom is something nightmares are made of. While it may

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sound like a giant snake has taken up residence in the bathroom, this is another rather simple plumbing problem to fix. Just like with faucets, the mechanisms inside a toilet break down overtime as well. When a toilet makes a hissing sound or flushes on its own, also known as phantom flushes, the fill valve or the flapper is often faulty.  A broken fill valve or flapper can cause a slow leak into the bowl, causing the tank to consistently fill up and empty once it reaches its limit. This not only leads to scary sounds in the night but also wastes a lot of water. Fortunately, this is an easy plumbing problem to repair by replacing the faulty components.

 

Banging

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Banging or rattling pipes may be a sign that a gang of ghosts is haunting the house. While this may be the case more than likely it is a result of a sudden change in water pressure slamming. If the pipes fittings are loose this can cause the banging. A pressure limiting valve may need to be installed and the pipe fittings should be adjusted so they don’t bang around. Pipes that rattle or bang aren’t only bad for sound effects but the rattling and banging around can also cause damage to the pipes, leading to more serious plumbing problems if left unchecked.

 

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The Top 5 Things that Cause Damage to Plumbing Systems

February 15th, 2014
 

 

 

A homes plumbing system is a very important part of a homes infrastructure. Many times people don’t give enough credit to the function of a plumbing system, and often mistreat their plumbing systems without even realizing what they are doing. A network of pipes helps bring clean water and remove waste from the home, a priceless contribution to modern day society. Not taking proper care of a plumbing system can cause damage that can be expensive and stressful to repair. Aside from frozen pipes these are some of the top things that wreak havoc and cause damage to plumbing systems.

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  1. Trash

    Paper, plastic, glass, metal, and other articles of trash can cause major problems and damage to plumbing systems. Often times entering thought drains, garbage disposals and toilets. Never treat your drains as a trashcan. This can cause blockage that can lead to a big plumbing problem.

     

     
  2. Grease

    Grease poured down the drain can also cause damage to a plumbing system. After a while grease can build up in pipes and septic systems leading to drainage problems that will eventually need to be repaired.

     

  3. Tree roots

    Tree roots are probably biggest culprit when it comes to damage to plumbing systems. Often times searching for water, over time tree roots inch their way into pipes and cause major drainage problems. This can be an expensive and stressful repair. So to avoid complications with tree roots, avoid planting plants too close to a lateral line, replace shrubs and small trees every couple of years, and select plants that grow slowly.

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  4. Hair

    Hair down the shower drain can be a messy situation, although typically the damage to a plumbing system can be relatively minimal, combined with other things, like grease and trash, this can form quite a bad blockage.

     

  5. Liquid drain cleaners

    Liquid drain cleaners are often times seen as a quick fix, however the harsh chemicals in them can cause damage to plumbing systems, and are really not good for the environment. Plus they don’t always solve the problem and need repeated use.

 

It is important to properly take care of a homes plumbing system to avoid damage to a plumbing system. Remember avoid putting things down the drain that don’t belong, as this can cause damage to a plumbing system that can be expensive and stressful to repair. In the even that there is damage to a plumbing system, it is always best to call a professional plumber. It is better to have the job done correctly the first time to save time, money, and headache.

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DIY Plumbing Disasters

March 2nd, 2013

 

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It’s Saturday and the weekend warriors are out. Often times many “honey do” plumbing projects result in DIY plumbing disasters! DIY plumbing disasters are more common than you would think. In an effort to save a little cash many homeowners will attempt to fix a seemingly simple plumbing issue themselves. While the task looks simple in a book or on a YouTube video, as a skilled plumber, you know a lot more goes into it. Often times the homeowner creates an even bigger and more expensive repair by attempting to DIY (do it yourself). DIY plumbing disasters are always avoidable by initially calling a professional plumber.

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As with many things DIY plumbing disasters result from the problem being bigger than what it seems, the tip of the ice burg. For instance if there is a pipe that is leaking chances are the leak will cause water damage and eventually mold. It is important to have a professional plumber address these issues promptly. Mold and water damage can cause thousands in future repairs and lead to an unsafe health conditions. Professional plumbers should be well trained in proper removal of mold; this is a DIY plumbing disaster that should be avoided at all costs.

Another cause of DIY plumbing disasters boils down to basically not knowing what you are doing. Experienced plumbers know proper installation procedures. For example trap pipes; trap pipes main function is to create a sanitary barrier. Improper installation of a trap pipe can lead to DIY plumbing disasters like the backflow of sewage and methane gas; in addition it also creates a point of entry for vermin. Hiring a professional plumber make repairs can save a lot of stress and headache by properly installing trap pipes in the first place.

 While DIY may seem like and enticing option to save money, in the long run it doesn’t always save the customer money. As a professional plumber it is important to demonstrate how valuable your service is to your customers. For more information on DIY plumbing disasters and other plumbing related topics please visit www.growplumbing.com.