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Properly functioning drains are essential to the health and safety of your home. Worried about your drains? Wondering if they are clogged? Interested in cleaning your drains preemptively to avoid future issues? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you need to check out this information.
A number of signs can indicate a clogged drain. If water is draining slowly in your sinks and tubs, something may be clogging the pipes. Similarly, if you flush the toilet and water backs up into your sinks or tubs, a blockage may be preventing the sewer water from leaving the house.
In some cases, you may hear excessive gurgling in your pipes. Additionally, you may notice bad odors. The odors can come from rodents stuck in the pipes or other rotting biological materials such as hair or food.
If you notice any of the above issues, you can try to remedy the situation yourself. You can buy liquid clog removers at most hardware and even some grocery stores. You simply pour these cleaners down the drain, and they essential eat or break down the clog.
However, you need to be careful. Commercial drain cleaners can irritate your skin and eyes. They can also damage your drains or pipes in some cases. Finally, if you decide to use a clog remover, make sure that you check the manufacturer’s instructions. Most products can only be used in sinks or tubs and not in toilets.
Ideally, if you’re having any of the issues listed above, you should call a drain cleaning company as soon as possible. These professionals can find the clog and clean your drains for you. If you ignore the clog, sewage may spill out into your home, leading to expensive cleanup and repairs.
If you’re trying to solve the issue on your own with clog remover, pay attention to how much you use. If you are using that product on a regular basis, your drains need professional help.
In most cases, homeowners only need to get their drains cleaned on an as-needed basis. In particular, if you suspect a clog, you should get your drains cleaned.
However, in some cases, you may want to get your drains cleaned preemptively. If your home has a history of clogs or if your home is older, consider talking with a professional about cleaning your drains
The best drain cleaning method depends on the issue you are having with your drains, the age of your pipes, and a few other factors. If you have a blockage in the drains, you may want to hire a professional to clean them with an auger.
Sometimes called a drain snake, an auger unrolls into your drain and pushes the clog through the system. You can buy augers, but ideally, you should not use an auger on your own. If you use too much force, you could easily break through the pipes.
In other situations, especially for pre-emptive cleaning, you should consider a high-pressure water jet. Again, you should always let a professional handle this for you. High-pressure water jets move along clogs, but they also take care of buildup around the edges of your pipes. That includes grease, hair, and other items that may lead to a blockage eventually.
If you want to get your drains cleaned, contact Dynamic today. We offer drain cleaning as well as a wide variety of other services. We would love to help you with your drains.
The repair or replacement of sewer lines is a large plumbing job. It requires the plumbing professional or homeowner to obtain a permit before any work is completed. Most counties list their plumbing permits online for you to see. If you hire a professional plumber to complete the work for you, he can let you know which permits are needed.
The best way to determine whether or not your homeowner’s insurance policy covers the cost to replace broken sewer pipes is to call your agent. Standard policies typically do not cover damage caused by aging or neglect. In most cases, the damage to your sewer pipes must be sudden and unexpected. However, it is possible that your policy covers this type of situation, particularly if you have paid for a specialized rider to your policy. It is worth making a phone call to find out.
The cost to replace sewer lines is much different than a repairing the line and depends on multiple factors. In general, the complexity of the repair/replacement is the most expensive line item on this type of job. The replacement of a sewer line is often complicated. It can include costs related to digging a trench through concrete rather than soil, digging wider trenches to locate shifted pipes, or replacing an entire drain line system.
The cost of a sewer line replacement can escalate, depending on the length of sewer pipe that needs to be replaced. For example, if your damaged sewer line is located relatively close to its connection to the city’s sewer system, the replacement may involve a short length of pipe. On the other hand, if your damaged sewer line extends several hundred feet downhill, travels across your yard for several hundred more feet, and eventually reaches the connection to the city’s sewer system, the length of replacement pipe may be exceedingly long.
Standard fees for traditional pipe repair tend to average around $300 per linear foot, but can cost as much as $800 to $900 per linear foot of pipe if the pipes are under a concrete slab. A small and simple type of repair may cost only $250, while a large and complicated replacement can cost as much as $50,000 to complete.
While these numbers can be shocking, they represent some of the higher end of what one might have to pay for large and complicated jobs. A typical homeowner job is more likely to average around $7,000 – $20,000. Many quality plumbing companies will offer affordable financing options, so you don’t have to foot the entire cost of the bill at one time.
How long a sewer will last depends on a number of factors including the pipe material, proximity to trees, etc. If your sewer line is more than 40 years old, it may need replacing. Even if the home is newer, its plumbing may be connected to an older sewer pipe. Even if your home is newer, regular video sewer line inspections are good insurance. By inspecting the pipes for bulges, joint failures, cracks and tree root intrusion, you can prevent a costly sewer line backup and extensive repairs.
In most municipalities the homeowner is responsible for maintaining the sewer line running from the home to the sewer main.
In the past, your only option was to dig a trench in your yard to gain access to the damaged section of the pipe. With newer trenchless sewer line repair technology, we can often repair a damaged sewer line from inside the line itself by cleared and the damage section and relining the damage section of the pipe.
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