Why Does My Drain Always Need Snaked?

Everyone has experienced a clogged drain at some point in time. These drains can usually be cleaned out with a plunger or a drain cleaner, but there are sometimes when it cannot. Most often, these are the cases where the clog is reoccuring. If that’s the case, you should call a professional plumber in Pittsburgh to go after the offending clog with a drain snake.

Snaking a clogged drain is usually an effective solution, but you still need to figure out why your drains keep clogging in order or you to stop the problem before it gets too big and expensive for you to handle. Here are some reasons why your drain is always needing snaked.

Sending the Wrong Things down the Drain

The most common reason why your drain is constantly clogged is because you’re putting the wrong things down them. Fortunately, it’s also the easiest problem to fix. Cooking grease is often the culprit and can clog kitchen sinks when it congeals and forms a plug.  Other common causes are rice, vegetable peels, and other food particles. Grease should be poured into a jar and be recycled or thrown out with the trash, and vegetable peels should be thrown out or composted. Uneaten food should go down the garbage disposal, not the drain.

If it’s your bathtub or shower drain that is constantly clogged, the culprit is most likely hair and dead skin. A plastic plumbing snake or drain cleaner is usually enough to take care of that problem.

Meanwhile, toilets are often clogged when people flush the wrong items. As a rule, the only things that should ever be flushed down your toilet are toilet paper and human waste. Anything else will cause problems and clog your line.

Going Too Long Without Snaking Your Drains

Of course, you can be extremely diligent about what goes down your drains and still experience the occasional clog. Soap scum, grease, and other materials can build up in pipes and drains over time, which is why you should contact a plumber every few years to take a look at your pipes and clear them out as needed. Think of this as preventive maintenance, something that could prevent a costly repair in the future.

Plumbing Snakes vs. Hydro Jetting

Most relatively simple clogs will respond well to a plumbing snake, but more stubborn clogs may require hydro jetting. Hydro jetting involves spraying a high-pressure stream of water down your drain to break apart clogs and wash away debris. Powerful hydro jetting can even get rid of tree roots that are clogging a sewer line. Snakes generally do well against clogs that are closer to the surface, while hydro jetting works best for clogs that are deeper in a pipeline. Your plumber will be able to determine whether your clogged drains call for a snake or a hydro jet.

In any case, it’s always better to call a local plumber as soon as you suspect that you have a problem that you cannot solve yourself. It’s much easier to clear out a small clog than have to replace your home’s plumbing system. The professional plumbers at Mister Sewer have years of experience in handling clogs.  Call today to work with our professionals!

How Does Trenchless Sewer Repair Work?

There was a time when sewage line replacement meant tearing apart your yard. Tearing you lawn apart may have saved your sewer line and plumbing, but it almost always means sacrificing your lawn and landscaping. Although a necessity, it is a long, complicated, and expensive process. Fortunately, that time has passed for many modern plumbing companies, thanks to trenchless sewer repair.

As its name implies, trenchless sewer repair or trenchless pipe repair allows workers to replace a sewer line without having to dig a large trench. There is still some digging involved, but the damage to your lawn is increasingly minimized. Landscaping can be costly, this is why more and more homeowners are deciding to move forward with trenchless sewer repair.

Trenchless Sewer Repair: Step by Step

Before any work can begin on your sewer line, the existing line must be examined by a specialty camera made to navigate sewer lines. This is a long and flexible camera that is snaked into the pipe via a drain in your home. The camera then gives the plumber an idea of the length of the sewer line and the extent of any damaged.

After the initial inspection is completed, the sewer pipe is then accessed from the shallowest point. This shallow point is typically in your basement or an area just outside of your home. The host pipe is then flushed out with a hydro-jetter, and any remaining debris is cleared out with a mechanical plumbing snake.

Once the sewer line is clear, the new pipe lining is inserted in to the sewer and left to cure. This new liner is called a “cured in place pipe,” or CIPP. It is made from a resin that hardens and essentially replaces your old, damaged sewer line. This is all completed with minimal digging because only part of the sewer line needs to be accessed for a trenchless pipe repair to be completed.

After the sewer line is given time to cure, an inspection is performed with a sewer camera to make sure that the repair was completed properly. If all is well, service can be returned to your home, and your new sewer line can be used right away. One of the biggest advantages of trenchless sewer repair is that it can often be completed in only one day.

As you can see, a sewage line replacement is no longer an arduous task that risks tearing apart your lawn or driveway. A trenchless pipe repair requires minimal digging for most situations and for some homes there may be no digging at all. The process is quick and relatively simple, and your new sewer line is tough enough to last for several years.

If you’ve been having issues with your sewer line and believe it needs to be replaced, contact Mister Sewer to find out if trenchless sewer repair is an option for you!

Find the Root of the Problem With A Camera Inspection

A clogged sewer can often be more of a problem than initially realized. This is because there is often a challenge determining what portion of the sewer line is clogged. The fastest and safest way to identify the root of a sewer clog is by calling a qualified professional plumber and having a sewer camera inspection completed.

What is a Sewer Camera Inspection?

A sewer camera inspection consists of inspecting the inside of a sewer pipeline by using a specialty camera. It allows experts to evaluate the overall condition of the sewer lines, determine the root causes of a problem, and identify the exact location of the problem. Having a camera inspection performed can prevent unnecessary digging, as well as unnecessary costs.

How Sewer Camera Inspections Take Place

A video sewer inspection is completed by running a camera tractor with a flexible cable attached to the back of a service truck, through the sewer pipelines.  The camera enters from an access pipe that leads down the sewer at an angle, either through a manhole or between manholes. The service truck is typically parked right above the access point of the suspected pipe, this way the operator can control the movement and speed of the camera. Once the truck is in location, the operator then sets up what’s referred to as a “down-hole roller,” this is set up to prevent the cable from causing damage by rubbing against the top of the pipeline.

The operator can then begin the inspection by operating the camera tractor remotely from the service truck. This process allows the expert to identify the exact cause and location of the problem.

Upon completion, the camera tractor is removed by reversing the gear and the cable, which are wound up simultaneously. 

Sewer Problems Seen with a Camera Inspection

There are two common causes to major sewer backup and problems.  They are corrosion of the sewer pipes and blockages. Chances are, if you are a homeowner, you have experienced one of these issues and wished you hadn’t.

The best way to combat these issues is with a video camera inspection.   Both corrosion and blockages can be found with a camera inspection and by having this inspection before the problem does damage to your home, can save you time, money, and frustration.

Sewer backups can happen repeatedly over the years before a homeowner senses there is a real problem with their sewer line.  If you are a homeowner who is experiencing constant sewer backups, then it is time to call a professional plumber to get to the root of the problem.  At Mister Sewer, our professionals have years of experience in video camera inspections and can help you locate your problem once and for all.  Schedule your appointment today.