Common Sewer & Drain Issues During The Winter

Most homeowners know how the winter season can wreak havoc on their plumbing system. This is a primary reason why it is essential to keep up with plumbing maintenance throughout the year because if you neglect doing so or shrug off any minor issues as “no big deal,” you will find that those same issues intensify during the winter months. With that said, let’s take a look at some of these common winter plumbing problems that should be met with immediate action.

Frozen Pipes

Anytime the weather drops to below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, poorly insulated or exposed pipes become vulnerable to freezing, meaning they are now in danger of bursting. If this goes unaddressed, a burst pipe can cause costly water damage to your home, while also creating a breeding ground for mold and mildew. So, when the weather starts to dip, you will want to check any pipes that could be at risk of freezing. Look out for layers of frost on the pipes as it may indicate there is a frozen block of water inside. Another potential sign of a frozen pipe includes faucets producing a weak stream of water or no water at all.

Clogged Drains

We all know better than to wash oil and grease down our drains, however, things happen. Pipes collect all kinds of debris such as hair, soap scum, or sludgy cooking substances and these things build up over time. So, when the cold weather hits, anything stuck in your pipes will solidify or combine with the frozen water leaving you with a fully stopped-up sink or shower. If you encounter any winter clogs, you may want to try pouring boiling water down the drain to thaw the obstruction. 

Water Heater Problems

Your water heater is hard at work throughout the year, but more so during the winter due to the increased demand for hot showers, and heavy loads of laundry and dishes. This increased wear and tear can cause a water heater to break down, especially if you have neglected to have regular maintenance on it for the past year. Lukewarm or chilly water could be a sign of an overworked or failing water heater. Additional signs to look out for are strange sounds coming from the water heater, or signs of leakage around the base of the appliance. If you notice any of these, then you will need to act fast because a busted water heater, like a burst pipe, can be very costly to deal with if left unaddressed.

The winter season can be brutal to your plumbing system and if you have not kept up with regular maintenance, now would be a great time to get started before some of these issues become even more costly down the line. Get in touch with All County Sewer and Drain today at 1 (800) 834-3102 to schedule an appointment with one of their professionals to come and take a look into your system.

Maintaining The Drainage in a Hospital Building

When it comes to modern hospitals, they are amongst some of the most complicated buildings in the world and this is because they specifically designed to be used for various kinds of patients, in different care settings all while using a plethora of treatments and equipment. So, with that in mind, their drainage systems are by nature also very complex. Health facility managers are also well aware of what a headache it can be when these systems break down. For example, a sewage backup occurring behind a blockage and flooding a hospital ward, while not uncommon, can mean having to move patients to other busy wards in order to clean that area. All County Sewer & Drain is well equipped to handle the maintenance of a hospital’s drainage system and provides the following tips to ensure your system remains in top shape.

 

Know Your Drainage System

Most hospital buildings have been developed as necessary over the years and the mapping of the drainage systems sometimes does not keep up with these changes due to a myriad of reasons such as inaccurate or incomplete plans, or even misconnections in the hospital pipework. This can make identifying the source of a drainage problem much more difficult and thus responding to those problems can become close to impossible. So, the best way to mitigate these issues is to map the entire drainage system so that you can identify the connections, water flows, system capacities, and asset condition.

 

With All County’s sewer camera system, they can provide high-quality video footage inside the pipes to give a clear view of the system allowing you to better map things out. This is the first step to having a quality maintenance strategy as you can easily identify which parts need to be fixed immediately and which can be saved for a later time.

 

Effective Maintenance

Performing regular preventative maintenance will be essential due to the unique demands placed on drainage systems. You will find that in older hospitals, many of the downpipes are cast iron reducing their capacity due to oxidization. Common hospital items can also accelerate this process like caustic chemicals, sanitation gels and detergents can also build up within the pipes. In addition to what goes on inside the building, outside blockage issues can be a burden to patient services. For example, tree root infestation and drain collapses are common causes of sewer blockages. All County Sewer & Drain has many different techniques to rectify these issues if necessary.

 

Control What Goes Down The Drains

Typically, whatever a patient or a healthcare worker would do at home, they are likely to do in a hospital. Therefore, it is not uncommon for many sanitary products and wet wipes to be disposed of wrongly down hospital toilets on a regular basis. Along with this, in hospital canteens and kitchens, you will notice a lot of fats and oils finding their way down the drains in residual amounts of through irresponsible disposal. For this reason, it is imperative to be in control of what is being put in the drains. So, be sure to train the staff and be on high alert when it comes to patients and visitors.

 

These are just a few common tips that can help maintain an effective drainage system within a hospital building. As mentioned, All County Sewer & Drain is well equipped to handle these kinds of drainage systems, especially with their sewer camera system that will allow them to get deep into the pipes and determine root causes of whatever drainage issue your building might be facing. For more information, feel free to call All County Sewer & Drain 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!

Why You Shouldn’t Try DIY Drain Cleaning

Normally, when your drain becomes severely clogged, your first instinct should be to call a professional company to come in to clear up the issue. Unfortunately, that is not always what people tend to do. Some homeowners will look to deal with the problem themselves in an effort to save money. The problem with this strategy, especially here in NYC where homes are a little older and drains and pipes have more wear and tear on them, this can become a nightmare situation that leads to even bigger and more expensive problems down the line. So, let’s look at a few more reasons why you should not try the DIY approach to fixing a clogged drain.

 

Liquid Drain Cleaners Are Not Always The Best Option

If you have any professional drain cleaning company, they will tell you that it is not recommended to use liquid drain cleaners. One reason, in particular, is the overall toxicity which can be very detrimental to the environment. However, as it more closely pertains to your home, liquid cleaners can cause damage to your pipes due to the corrosive acid that is at work to unblock the clogs.

 

The Problem Could Be Bigger Than You Expect

Another big reason is that most DIY enthusiasts do not fully understand the scope of the problem that they could be facing. So, without knowing the exact cause of the clog, you will struggle to find a solution to fix it. Situations such as grime build-up and solid masses can be too much for someone to handle without professional assistance.

 

You Risk Further Damage And Costs

Because most homeowners are unaware of the ins and outs of professional pipe maintenance, they run the risk of causing even more damage to their pipes by taking on the issue themselves. And in their attempt to save money, they could create a problem that would run them even more money which all could have been avoided, to begin with, had they contacted a professional in the first place.

 

DIY Is A Big Investment

Most homeowners will assume that by handling the situation themselves, it will save them money. And while that might be true, one must ask whether the costs you are saving will truly be a benefit down. Going the DIY approach may cause a lot of time and effort on your part that you could allocate elsewhere and ensure that the job is done correctly.

 

So, when it comes to fixing a clogged drain or dealing with a pipe issue in your home, it might be in your best interest to give a call to a seasoned professional. DIY approaches tend to lead to even worse problems which end up costing you much more than it initially would. All County Sewer and Drain has been servicing homeowners in the tri-state area for years and have built up a reputable reputation amongst their clients. So, if you are having trouble with your pipes, be sure to give us a call 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!