Summer Maintenance Tips For Your Drains

Summer is here! It’s finally time to spend time outside doing what we love most, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect what’s going on inside your home. In fact, there’s a litany of possible problems that can arise this season — especially your drains. To avoid causing any damage to your drains, we implore you to take certain preventative measures in the coming months. Not sure what to do? Keep reading to learn our summer maintenance tips for your sink, bathtub, and toilet drains!

Plug Your Shower Drain

Hotter temperature means more sweating, and that means you’re going to take showers more frequently. As a result, more hair and debris will fall from your body and will go down the shower drain. You don’t want this to happen. Hair is one of, if not the, leading cause of drain blockages in homes. One of the easiest summer maintenance tips we have to offer is for you to buy a hair catcher. It serves as a filter that lets water seep through and keeps loose hair at bay. You’d be surprised how a simple contraption can do so much to preserve your pipes’ health!

Only Flush Toilet Paper

To couple with the need for more showers, you’ll probably go through more hygiene and self care products as well. Toilets are only meant to flush down waste and toilet paper. As temptingly convenient as it may be to flush other items, they do not break down the same way that toilet paper does. That means no paper towels, cotton swabs, baby wipes, menstrual products, etc. Anything that isn’t toilet paper or waste should go into its proper, alternative receptacle! 

Summer Maintenance Tips: Schedule An Inspection

The best summer maintenance tips we can provide are to stand back and have a drain cleaning specialist come to your home and inspect the drain(s) themselves. Whether you want an eyeball look or an advanced video camera inspection, only a professional can accurately diagnose an issue and/or find ways to prevent issues from arising. It’s even a good idea to call an expert in addition to taking your own preventative measures to have the healthiest pipes possible,
If you do want to call a professional, make sure it’s All County Sewer & Drain! We can handle drain cleaning tasks small and large, so don’t be afraid to give us a call no matter what your situation may be.

Common Sink Drain Problems In The Spring

sink drain problems

Spring has sprung and it’s never felt any better! Just like every other season, however, you may run into all sorts of problems with your home plumbing system in the coming months. As headache-inducing as these problems are, you’re going to pay the price if you’re not aware of them and how to act should they occur. Keep reading to learn about some common, seasonal sink drain problems and how to fix them!

Clogged Drain

Is water draining down the sink slowly? It’s a tale as old as time. Back in March, we outlined different ways to unclog your shower drain, and you can follow all of those solutions to clear your sink drain. Use a drain snake, pour some boiling water, call an expert — do what you have to do. Doing any or all of those things will likely solve the problem if you’re just dealing with one sink, but if several sinks are clogged, that’s a symptom of a deeper issue. When in doubt, contacting a drain specialist is the best course of action.

Rusty Water

Brown, rusty water coming out of your faucet(s) is never a welcomed sight. This problem can occur at any time during the year, but it’s most prevalent in the spring due to increased sedimentation. As off-putting as it appears, rusty water usually is not a health risk. In fact, your water will likely clear up after letting the faucet run for a few seconds. If the rust doesn’t go away, you’re going to have to flush your pipes out. Consult these instructions on how to get rid of sediment in your pipes.

Pipe Sweating

We talked about pipe sweating in a previous blog post, so if you followed our instructions, great! If you didn’t, there are still steps you can take. If you notice water sitting on the outside of your pipes, you’ll want to wipe the water up and insulate your pipes. As long as there isn’t a crack or leak in your pipe(s), insulation is the best way to stave off pipe sweating. This is more of a problem with your pipes than a sink drain problem, but it’s still important to take into account.

Call An Expert To Solve Sink Drain Problems

If you’re struggling to resolve any of these sink drain problems, please reach out to All County Sewer & Drain to do the work for you. We won’t stop until everything is back in working order!

3 Signs You Need A Sewer Line Inspection

When it comes to your sewer lines, problems can usually be spotted pretty easily. The tricky part is knowing which problems to look out for. That’s where we come in! After reading this blog post, we hope that if or when you spot these issues, you’ll know to call the best team around. With that said, here are a few telltale signs that you may need a sewer line inspection.

Drains Slowly

Does your sink start to overflow or does your shower turn into a bath before you know it? Slowly draining water is one of the most common and noticeable symptoms of a sewer line problem. We strongly suggest you don’t use over-the-counter drain cleaning products, as convenient as they might be. Chemical drain cleaners can actually do more harm than good to your pipes, so it’s best to have a drain cleaning specialist inspect your sewer lines and clear your pipes.

Sewage Coming Up The Drain

A sewage backup is a likely culprit for a clogged drain. When a clog obstructs waterflow in your pipes, there’s no way for the water to leave your plumbing system. The water trying to drain can actually force sewage up your pipes. All that standing water in your pipes and sewer system is a recipe for disaster, and if the problem is neglected for long enough, the water will be forced into other systems of your house. This could lead to a complete draining failure throughout your entire house, which will be quite expensive to repair. The best way to avoid sewage backups is to investigate your sewer lines before it’s too late.

Waterlogged Lawn

Notice any wet, sunk-in spots on your front lawn or backyard? That is another sign of a sewage backup, and it’s one of the most severe signs. That means so much sewage has backed up that the water from your plumbing system has seeped out into your yard. Gross! If it gets to this point, you need to call a sewage specialist ASAP to avoid stinking up the entire neighborhood! A soggy lawn is a sign of a major issue with your plumbing system, so please do not wait any longer to address it.

Get Your Sewer Line Inspection Today

On top of these signs, there are other indications of a backup that could call for a sewer line inspection. If you need yours checked out, or have any other issues with your drains, give All County Sewer a call today!

Why You Shouldn’t Use Over-The-Counter Drain Cleaners

Clogged pipes may seem like something you can tackle on your own, but don’t be fooled; you may be doing more harm than good. We understand the convenience of going to the store and picking up some quick-fix cleaning products — we’ve all been suckers for it at one point or another! However, we urge you to seek professional service to unclog your pipes if you really want to get the job done. What’s wrong with over the counter drain cleaners? Here are the reasons:

They Can Damage Your Pipes

Drain cleaners designed to clear your pipes can actually damage them? Yes, it’s more than possible. Most liquid cleaners are basic on the pH scale, which means the alkaline liquids eat away at substances getting in the way of water flow. They are admittedly great at clearing blockages and buildups, but if you repeatedly use these cleaners over time, they will start to corrode your pipes because of how basic they are. Store-bought cleaning solutions are great if you’re in a pinch, but you will start to see their negative effects after prolonged use.

They Are Toxic

Because these cleaners are so basic, they are extremely dangerous and volatile. You’ll want to avoid coming in contact with any cleaners that you may use as they can irritate or even seriously harm any part of your body they touch. They can cause burnt skin, eye pain, or even shortness of breath, in some cases. On top of that, whatever you do, do not mix these cleaners with anything, including other cleaners, as the mixture can emit deadly gases. As effective as drain cleaners are, it’s not worth using them given the serious threats that they pose.

They Are Only A Short Term Solution

Yeah, you can use them in emergency situations, but over-the-counter drain cleaners are more remedies than an actual solution to the problem. Your water flow may go unobstructed for the time being, but that won’t stop subsequent buildups from causing issues again. If you must tackle a clogged drain by yourself, you should use a drain snake and pull the gunk out of your drain instead of flushing it down with liquid solution. Our number one suggestion is to hire a drain cleaning specialist, like the ones at All County Sewer, to diagnose the problem with your pipes; they can use professional-grade tools to clear the blockage and keep your pipes safe.

You should avoid buying over the counter drain cleaners for the aforementioned reasons and get in touch with a team of professionals if you have any issues. If you’re ready to make a call, please consider calling All County Sewer & Drain to get everything working again!

Why Sewer Line Repairs Are Important

Sewer pipe repair is not a minor issue, unfortunately, it is a common occurrence that property owners face. Your sewer line in particular is responsible for moving things like grease, soap, etc. through your plumbing system. So, it can be quite the dilemma if you have a broken or leaking sewer line as you will want to have that fixed as soon as possible. Not only is it good for convenience, but it is critical for your safety as well. Let’s take a look at some additional reasons why sewer line repairs are so important.

Sewer Lines Stop Slow Drains

Typically, when you have a clog in your sewer line, it causes your drain to slow down. Now, this may not completely block the flow of water, but it will cause some delays where you may need to wait a few minutes for your shower or sink drains to empty. Plus, the excess water can make your home much more appealing to moisture-loving pests. However by repairing your sewer line, your pipes will be clear and as quickly as water comes out of the faucet, it will then go down the drain.

Prevents Bad Smells

If you start smelling sewage in your bathroom, then you likely have a major clog in your sewer line as the pooling water from your tub, toilet, and sink could be creating that nasty odor. However, once you repair your sewer line, you will not have to worry about a sewage smell in your bathroom. So, rather than pooling near the drains, the water will travel through the plumbing system as it’s intended to, thus sending away the smell. It is also important to be aware of the fact that this can happen in your kitchen as well. As food particles travel down the kitchen, they can also create a foul odor if a clog occurs. 

Keeps The Family Safe

Sewer lines also transport toxic waste which can be hazardous to your health. If you are having sewer issues that are so bad that toxic water is backing up in your bathroom or your yard, your health is at risk. Sewage water contains parasites and fungi along with various bacteria. So, if you or a loved one is exposed to sewage water, it could lead to a number of issues. Some of the most common symptoms of this kind of exposure include diarrhea, cramps, and headaches. If you wait too long to repair your sewer line, you will risk worsening the issue. To protect your family from the sewage, you can look to get an emergency sewer repair. 

As you can see, your sewer line is an integral part of your plumbing system and it is essential to ensure that it is always functioning properly. If you are having some issues with your sewer line or have any additional questions, feel free to call All County Sewer & Drain at (800) 834-3102!