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.

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!

How To Unclog A Shower Drain

It happens to everyone: you turn the shower faucet and you have enough water to take a bath in no time. If the water in your shower is draining slowly or just is not draining at all, there’s most certainly a blockage impeding water flow. Thankfully, a clogged drain is a relatively quick fix 99% of the time. If you’re not sure how to unclog a shower drain, here are a few tips!

Snake It Out

Sometimes, you just have to get in there and clear the blockage by hand. Any visible hair surrounding the drain or elsewhere in the shower should be removed right away so your problem doesn’t become even greater. To tackle the hair deep inside the drain, you’ll want to get a drain snake. You can buy one for just a few dollars at your local home improvement store, and they’re great at reaching your drain’s deepest depths. You’ll probably have to stick it down there numerous times to get the job done, but using a snake is an age-old method to effectively clear out your drain.

Pour Some Boiling Water

If you’re lucky, boiling water may be all that you need to have a functioning drain again. High-temperature water can break down built-up soap and grease, which would create a clear path for your hair to drain properly. Be sure to not pour it all at once, but rather in smaller spurts. We only suggest you do this if you do not have PVC pipes, as boiling hot water can damage them. We do not recommend buying a drain cleaning solution from a store, as those can also harm your pipes. If boiling water doesn’t work, you can also try pouring a solution of ⅓ cup of baking soda and vinegar down the shower drain, but remove any drain filters before pouring the solution and wait an hour before running water. 

Hire A Specialist

Doing this work yourself can be tiring and time-consuming. If you don’t want to exhaust yourself trying to find which solution will work best, consider hiring a professional to do the work for you. They will know the best solution based on your situation and have your drain working in no time. If you can afford the time, calling a professional is a surefire way to prolong the health of your shower drain. If you’re ready to reach out to a team of drain cleaning specialists, consider calling All County Sewer & Drain today!

Preparing Pipes For Spring: 3 Helpful Tips

Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner! Your pipes will be very grateful that they won’t have to endure sub-zero temperatures until next winter. That doesn’t mean the upkeep ends, though. Each season brings about new challenges as a homeowner, so if you want to learn some tips on preparing pipes for the upcoming season, keep reading!

Insulate Your Pipes

We suggested you do this during the winter, but it is still a good idea to keep it up in the spring! Although frozen pipes are typically no longer an issue this time of year, insulating them can prevent them from sweating. Sweating occurs when warm air surrounds a cold pipe, which causes the water vapor in the air to liquify and sit on the pipe. When your pipes are coated in water, they become a breeding ground for mold, which is one of the last things you want in your bathroom. If you see water droplets on your pipes, consider insulating them to stave off sweating!

Perform A Drain Test

A crucial step in preparing pipes for the spring is to make sure they’re doing their job! Spring is the perfect time to perform a test, as water tends to drain slower in the winter. Performing the test is quite simple — all you need to do is turn the faucets on and run hot water in all of your sinks. Take note of how the water drains in each one. If the water drains slowly in any of your sinks, or if you hear gurgling noises coming from the drain(s), you probably have a blockage. You can also use this test to see if you have a problem with your water heater.

Buy A Drain Screen

Drain screens are a fantastic preventative measure to protect your pipes this spring and beyond. They are designed to filter out grease, hair, and other harmful particles, all while keeping your pipes clear for optimal water drainage. If there is nothing wrong with your pipes at the moment, now would be the perfect time to install drain screens in your sinks and bathtubs to keep them in peak condition!
When you’re preparing pipes for the spring, there are many things to keep in mind. But thankfully, most of the solutions are quite simple! If an issue arises that you think is beyond your control, please feel free to reach out to the drain cleaning specialists at All County Sewer & Drain 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!