F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” Your PDM Plumber is always looking for two opposing ideas to help get you back to normal.
Sewer And Drain Knowledge
Sewers and drains are like our plumbing cardiovascular system. And when drains become damaged or clogged, your normal day can come to a halt. You might notice backups that come into your home, slow drains that don’t drain or soggy areas on your lawn where there is a sewer pipe leak. If these issues go unaddressed, the water damage could quickly turn into a very big headache. It’s important to have someone you can trust to make sure your building “plumbing arteries and veins” are free and clear with trusted drain cleaning and repair.
Why Are Clogged Shower Drains A Big Deal?
Shower clogs or slow drains are frustrating. When water can’t go down your pipes and gets stuck in the shower pan due to a clog, it creates a home for bacteria! And even worse: mold which only requires moisture and dirt to grow…both of which are a-plenty in a clogged shower drain! Hair LOVES oil and sticky soap scum which in part comes from hard water.
How Does A Main Sewer Line Work?
Your main sewer piping takes all of the water from your drains and carries it to your city sewer or yard septic tank. Imagine a highway with city streets leading to larger highways before connecting to the interstate. All your smaller pipes carry gray water to larger pipes, all being flushed out through one large main sewer line underground.
When you think of toilets, washing machine, dishwasher, sinks and showers – it all adds up pretty quickly to become one of your most important plumbing systems.
What Are Signs Of A Clogged Sewer Line?
We are clearing clogged drain lines everyday. You know how you hear a lot about how you shouldn’t put grease, or pasta, down your sink or flush those so-called “flushable” wipes? It’s true. A sewer line becomes clogged many times because of build-ups from things like that. A backed-up drain line means none of the drained waste or water can leave your house, which is a big deal.
Spotting the signs of a clogged sewer line early will save you a big headache. Some signs your drain line is clogged include:
- More than one slow-moving drain.
- Gurgling or bubbling from a toilet.
- The smell of sewage.
- Backup in your sewer line cleanout.
An Ounce Of Prevention…
One of the most common causes of clogged drains is the accumulation of non-flushable items, such as:
- Paper Towels
- Baby Wipes
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Cat Litter
- Toys (Some kids think flushing them is fun!)
- 10 Things Not To Put Down The Drain
Ultimately the only thing that should get flushed into your plumbing is toilet paper, as it’s designed to disintegrate. Even wipes labeled as “flushable” really aren’t!
Do I Need A Sewer Line Repair Or Replacement?
Little or no drain maintenance can lead to problems with the sewer line piping. Sewer line breaks can also be caused by tree roots or just the ground shifting over time.
Some signs that a simple line cleaning will not suffice and you need a repair or replacement include:
- Regular backups of your sewer line.
- The constant smell of sewage in your home.
- Areas of your property that stay damp or have unusually lush grass or foliage.
A sewer line camera inspection will give you more answers to what, exactly, is going on with your underground pipe and precisely where on your property the problem lies. We will be glad to help.
How Do I Maintain My Sewer Line?
Avoid a major sewer line repair or replacement by:
- We recommend snaking, power rodding and then hydro-jetting the main sewer line. This process is much more effective at removing any blockages so you’ll have fewer issues in the future.
- Avoid using drain cleaners that are not biological. Harsh chemicals may alleviate the clog in your tub, but down the line they can corrode your pipes.
- Stop flushing “flushable” wipes down the toilet and never wash grease away in the sink.
Call PDM Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Since 1885
Our drain service team is ready to help. PDM is here to tackle all of these issues and more. For over 137 years we’ve been the Joliet area go-to choice for exceptional sewer and drain service, taking care of our customers’ homes and businesses as if they were our own. Our dedication and caring service makes us special, and lets you know your safety and comfort will be in good hands. Contact PDM at 815-726-6264 to experience good old-fashioned service.