Preventing Bathtub Clogs

Home fixtures are bound to break down over time, but, luckily there are ways you can prevent some emergencies while lowering your repair bills. For example, the bathtub is an easy daily fixture to maintain. Regular caulking and cleaning are a couple of common ways to avoid costly repairs. Another way to avoid costly repair work would be to prevent a clogged bathtub drain. These require immediate attention, so let’s take a look at a few ways that will help you prevent bathtub clogs.

The Bathtub Hair Trap

Hair and other debris are some of the major culprits to a bathtub drain clogging up. So, your first line of defense against these clogging agents will be the bathtub hair trap. Also known as a drain protector, the hair trap is both inexpensive and easy to “install.” In fact, you can find silicone, plastic, or even metal hair traps at any home improvement store or online for under $10. The way these hair traps are designed is that they are circular and feature many small holes that allow water to flow down the drain. The idea being that while water can pass through the small holes, hair and other debris will not. Keep in mind that you will have to clean your hair trap every few weeks as a lot of hair and debris may get caught in the trap. But, once it is cleared, water will be able to drain readily through the holes.

Removing Existing Hair and Debris

When it comes to debris, some of it you can see with your eyes and some are so microscopic that you will not be able to notice it. Hair is one type that you can easily remove from inside the entrance of the drain in the event you don’t have a hair trap to block it from getting through. What you will need is a wire hanger or a mini snake and simply scratch around to collect the hair and other debris. You should repeat this process until there is no more debris caught by the hanger.

Flushing Natural Cleaning Substances

Another method to prevent bathtub clogs is by using chemical drain liquids. Keep in mind, however, that these can be harmful to the environment and may even damage pipes after excessive use. So, an alternative would be environmentally friendly options such as bleach, baking soda, vinegar, and soda. If you are connected to a public sewer system, you can try pouring bleach down your drain to help dissolve hair and other acidic fibers. You will want to give the bleach time to work its magic before flushing it down with hot water. Baking soda and vinegar work together and produce fizz which will rise out of the drain opening. They won’t however, dissolve hair, but they will lift much of it up and out of the drain.

These are just a few tips that can help you prevent bathtub clogs. Remember, handling these issues early can save you plenty of money down the line. If you would like more information or are in need of professional assistance, feel free to call All County Sewer and Drain today at 1 (800) 834-3102!

Preventative Maintenance Tips for Excess Usage

This year we were all taken for a ride with the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the quarantine, we were all left to stay home for an extended period of time. Now, that businesses and even schools are beginning to open back up, we can expect that the sewer systems will be used much more than they had been previously. With that being said, it is important to perform preventative maintenance, not just to administer best practices, but also to ensure the safety of everyone who uses it. As we are not out of the woods yet as it pertains to COVID-19, safety should always be your number one priority. So, by having a properly functioning sewer system, that is clean, it will protect any patrons or students in the building. Therefore, let’s take a look at some preventative maintenance tips for excessive usage of your sewer system.

 

Clean Out Slow And Clogged Drains

With excess usage, you may come to experience water that is slow to empty in the drains which might indicate a clog. One chemical-free and natural remedy of vinegar and hot water poured down the drain can flush it out and unplug the debris. You will want to complete this technique every few months in order to keep the drains flowing at an optimal condition. You can also use common household drain cleaners. Now, if you find that this issue continues to occur, then you will want to reach out to your local professional for assistance. All County Sewer and Drain use their sewer cameras to get deep to the root of the problem which would be very useful in these kinds of situations.

 

Investigate Bare Pipes and Appliances For Leaks

There will be situations where a leak can be traced back to a broken or exposed pipe that was connected to a water heater, garbage disposal, or other appliance. If you follow the manufacture guidelines for maintaining the appliances, you can help to keep thins in check. However, it is also a good practice to learn to look for signs of water leakage like stains on the walls or ceilings. Another telltale sign is water pooling around the floor and by being aware of these signs, you can prevent a major issue before it becomes one. Plus, if you want to very proactive, you should look to schedule periodic leak detection services from your local professional.

 

Check The Sewer System Lines

If you have a building that runs on a sewer system, then you need to understand how the lines run and check regularly for tree roots that may sprout and cause havoc with the pipes. This is another prime opportunity to take advantage of All County Sewer and Drain’s sewer camera inspections. They can use their technology to snake through the sewer lines and check for any problems and nip them in the bud before they become costly.

 

Test The Water Pressure

Another great measure to take is to check the water pressure frequently as it will help regulate what comes out of the faucets. You can use a gauge to test the water pressure and ensure that it working at optimal levels. You can also include a pressure regulator that will keep the water pressure at the preferred level.

 

As always, safety is the number one concern, especially during these times. It is important that you do what you can to control the aspects that are within your control. For any further questions or assistance as it pertains to preventative maintenance, please feel free to call All County Sewer and Drain at 1 (800) 834-3102!

The Benefits Of A Sewer Camera Inspection

It is not uncommon for homeowners to ignore their sewer systems. It is usually out of sight and out of mind until they notice that something has gone wrong. Sometimes, the damage can be severe and expensive because it was neglected for so long. However, an effective way to expose any faulty pipelines and/or clogs before they become too serious is with a sewer camera inspection. When drains become clogged, there is so much that can go wrong and ignoring these issues can cost you a lot of money over time. Therefore, sewer camera inspections should be looked at as a means to save more money. Let’s take a look at more benefits to having regular sewer camera inspections.

 

Accurate Diagnostic Procedure

With a sewer camera inspection, homeowners will be able to see a real-time feed from the camera which is fed underground. This will allow them to see exactly what is causing the sewer problem and the exact location. So, you will be able to pinpoint the right method of fixing that problem without causing further damage.

 

No Digging Involved

Another benefit of the sewer camera inspection is that it will make everything that was once tedious and difficult with sewer problems much better. So, rather than having to excavate your entire yard, all you will need to do is have a small entry point for the camera to take a peek into whatever sewer issue you might be having.

 

Less Labor Costs

As we mentioned earlier, these sewer camera inspections can help save you a lot of money. The usual inspection process tends to require a bit of luck along with trial and error to find where the problem lies and this can become costly after a while. However, with a camera inspection, you will save the trouble of putting together an army of heavy machinery and contractors to locate the source of the problem. Plus, All County Sewer and Drain have been performing sewer camera inspections for years and are qualified to complete this innovative method.

 

Preventative Maintenance

Sewer camera inspections are also the best solution to preventing future catastrophic problems. For example, if a homeowner has noticed consistent patches of water in their yard, the best practice would be to have the pipes inspected as soon as possible because any tiny leaks are sure to grow bigger over time. So, a camera inspection will help to see the extent of their system’s pipe damage.

 

All County Sewer and Drain has dedicated themselves to using the latest technology in drain cleaning and that includes sewer camera inspections. This is a practice that not many other companies within the area are doing and that sets up apart from the competition. For more information on how these inspections can benefit your household, give us a call at 1 (800) 834-3102 today!

Is It Time To Replace Your Sewer Line?

Many times, we look at the pipes in our home and think that they will last as long ad our home does. However, unfortunately, the likelihood of never having to deal with sewer problems during your homeownership simply isn’t realistic. While your sewer pipes may be durable, at some point, they will need to be replaced. When that time comes can vary and will depend on a number of circumstances. Let’s take a look at some things to consider when you do cross that bridge of replacing your sewer line.

 

How Long Should Your Sewer Last?

The answer to this question varies. Aside from a few clogs here and there while you own your home, your sewer line might not suffer from much noticeable damage. However, you might have to replace it a lot sooner than you anticipated and it will depend on what kind of pipes you have. Clay pipes, for example, may last about fifty to sixty years. Keep in mind these are no longer being installed in new homes. Cast iron pipes can last for 75-100 years. A PVC pipe may last indefinitely, but this along with the other pipes will depend on the circumstances in the drains, in the soil, or near the home.

 

What Can Influence A Sewer Line’s Lifespan?

Unfortunately, as mentioned previously, there is no real way to predict how long your sewer line will last. However, there are a few things to be on the lookout for as they could influence your sewer line’s lifespan. The first factor is nearby construction or other sources of ground movement like an earthquake as they can force the sewer line to break. Another factor would be tree roots which can pierce the sewer line in search of fertilization. Conditions within the soil can also speed up the rate of corrosion. Finally, poor installation can cause a sewer line leakage or breakage sooner that you would expect.

 

How Can You Tell If It Is Time To Replace Your Sewer Line?

This is a very common question and many times what you may be asking is: will there be a giant trench in the yard? The good news is that, nowadays, it is easier than ever to fix problems with a sewer line. Whether you need to repair or replace your sewer line isn’t as important as the tools your contractor has to fix the problem. For example, if they only have access to basic trench digging tools and a new PVC pipe, you might expect to have to replace your broken sewer line completely with a lot of property damage involved. On the other hand, if they have access to trenchless technology, you won’t have to worry about damage to your property. 

 

If you have additional questions about whether or not it is time to replace your sewer line, be sure to contact All County Sewer and Drain and they will be more than happy to assist you in the best way possible. Give them a call at 1 (800) 834-3102 today!

How Drain Inspections Work and Their Importance

While it may not seem like it, the drain lines and sewer pipes are an integral part of any home. These features are designed to transport waste from your house to the municipal treatment system. If you have a non-functioning drain or pipe, it could bring quite the disaster and put you and your family’s health at risk. Due to the constant wear and tear on these drains and toilets, they can eventually break, so it is important to have regular inspections for your pipes so they are checked for any potential issues. Today, we can perform CCTV inspections which uses the latest technology to prevent emergencies from occurring. These types of inspections only require a small access point or some kind of accessible cleanout in order to be successful. The way this works is that a closed-circuit camera will attach to a long, flexible rod which will be fed down the line and serve as our eyes.

Given that many sewer lines are buried deep underground, it can be very difficult to know if there is a problem developing, especially in older homes which is why having regular drain inspections can help keep your home safe even as it ages. Here are some additional reasons why having a regular inspection is beneficial.

Saves Time

Clogs and leaks are issues with your pipeline that can build up over time. So, one day your bathroom drains may be working fine, and the next, they could be backing up and cause flooding. The inspection would take just a few hours of your day which would be much better than a whole day wasted due to sewer line emergencies.

Saves Money

With this new sewer camera inspection technology, we can reveal the exact cause of whatever could be ailing your sewer lines, whether it is a crack or a hole, or even improperly installed pipes. These inspections will go a long way into saving you thousands of dollars in property value and pipeline repairs.

Avoid Pipeline Issues

These regular inspections also do much more than just check your sewer line for clogs and buildups. They can also check your home’s overall structure to make sure that the system is healthy, because even the smallest problems such as leaks and slow drains can create massive disruptions. So, having these annual inspections can give you peace of mind to focus on other aspects of your life.

If you are getting even the slightest hint of sewer or drain problems, do not hesitate to call the experts, especially if you live in an older home and have yet to have an inspection. Be sure to call All County Sewer and Drain to learn more about our regular inspections that will ensure your home stays in top shape!