Plumbing Basics

Everyday living and breathing in the plumbing and drain cleaning business we get service request calls ranging from emergency to non emergency jobs.  Clients call us for help at there residential, commercial and industrial properties.  We have all sorts of plumbing problems that call in weather it’s a leak or a clog, big or small the call comes in. When a client has an issue arise most the time it’s an emergency and they want service as soon as possible. Over the years I’ve noticed that by just taking some time talking with a client over the phone will normally calm the situation down. Clients think that any small issue Is a big deal but when taking the time and effort to talk the problem out we normally come up with a game plan and go from there. 

Most clients we come across when buying a home don’t know much about plumbing and drain cleaning. We get lots of calls asking how to turn off the water in there home. Other common questions might be why are there drains clog or how to turn off the outside water before winter so the pipes don’t freeze. 

The number one call we receive on a daily basis is that a clients house or business had a clogged main sewer system. That they are experiencing flooding or just the beginning signs of a flood. The reason not many people know about a sewer system is because the sang “out of sight out of mind”. I’m surprised that all new homeowners aren’t made aware of their sewer system from there realtor before they buy.  Everyone prior to purchasing a house or building should have their main sewer system camera inspected by a professional.  This will show if there are major issues or not.  Main sewer lines have scale, tree roots,  back pitched pipe, and of course the offset pipe that is causing the pipe back up and come up in your basement.  

Our company also camera inspect main sewer lines on a daily basis. Weather it’s for a realtor or if we’re working on a tough main sewer line and we need to scope it then and there to see what’s happening inside the pipe.  We can then decide how serious the issue is and make a game plan from there.  Sometimes plans have to move quickly to excavating to make repairs to even get flow and to get the main line properly functioning properly again. Without a main line working all plumbing won’t flow to the city main and cause serious potential issues  

If you’ve encountered a major flood and restoration has to be done to remove sewage water we recommend having a company come out and camera inspect your main sewer line to make sure it’s in good condition so a flood doesn’t happen again. It’s never good to have a flooded basement but if it does happen it’s good to be able to count on a company that can get you pointed in the right direction. There is different types of water damage based on what category they are in. The three names are clean water, grey water and black water which is the most toxic. Black water is unsanitary as it contains bacteria and possibly cause illness. Black water normally comes from sewage back ups.

I think every homeowner should have a book or take a course and have a checklist when they first move into a home.  Having the basic knowledge about most plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical, foundation structure, landscaping, yard work and more.  The more you know or knowing who to call in case of certain issues will save you money in the long run. 

Some drain cleaning issues might seem like a big deal and ends up ruining your day but honestly most problems shouldn’t ruin your day if you call a professional right from the start.  Clients who call in with a clogged toilet and have several others to use shouldn’t really be clarified as an emergency, but it just depends on the client.  On the other hand a client who calls in with raw sewage backing up in their basement that would be considered an emergency.  

We hope you enjoyed reading. Call us to schedule or schedule online at the link below. 

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Do you need sewer line excavation?

Weather you have owed a home for years or if you are a new home owner it’s important to know all about the mechanics of your home. From plumbing to electrical and much more. Having someone experienced to come in and teach you all about the things you don’t know about your property might save you thousands in the future. One lesson could be as simple as turning the main water shut off valve. If you’re having a major leak you’ll be happy to know what to do.

A main sewer line is the most important drain that collects all water and debris you use in your house and carries it so to speak to the main city sewer line. All sewer lines are different though. You may have the same type of pipe as your neighbor but you both may have different issues in each of your sewer systems. Example, you may have a back pitched sewer line that hold water and pools and your neighbor may have a rotted out pipe at the bottom of the sewer line causing back-ups. No matter what issue your main sewer line in having it should be addressed and fixed before it worsens. Most common reasons to camera inspect and repair a main sewer line or just even a “spot repair” is when you clog up several times in a single year. Another reason is if your main line shows large enough separations or back pitched lines to cause issues and back-ups more often then you should. Having a camera inspection is the first step at finding what is actually going on inside your main sewer system.

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952-929-4146

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Old cast iron pipe

If you look closely you’ll see right in the middle of the pipe a tiny hole which unfortunaly flooded part of our clients home. Please every 3-6 months go around your house especially in your basement and check and determine if you have any old rotting water or drain lines that should be updated before you have a issue and a expensive restoration company in your home.

We are here to help if you’re in need please call

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Be proactive about knowing if your sewer line is compromised

Your main sewer line is the most essential pipe to your home but it’s hidden and always forgotten about. It also can be very costly if you forget about it and decline or even just don’t know that it needs maintenance yearly. Some main sewer lines are in worse condition and may even need more attention in a years time. The main sewer line responsibility is you move all your waste leaving your home or business and carry it to the city sewer line. If you’re experiencing repeat issues with your main sewer line, call us today and we can get you in touch with a free estimate to repair with headache and make it go away. The last thing you need to worry about in life is your main sewer line.

Read below for reasons your main sewer line could be at risk.

Some indicators that your main sewer line is being compromised is.

  • If you’re yard is wet in one spot almost all the time, there my potentially be a break.
  • If you’re having slower than normal drains around your home or business.
  • If you’re smelling sewage in your home
  • If you’re experiencing a back-up sewer line more then twice a year
  • There are several more reasons so if you have concern and have had a back-up sewer line recently and you’re in need of a free quote to repair your sewer line call us today.

Keep in mind that all excavators do not do the same work. What I mean by that is that some companies just do the bare minimum and leave. I wouldn’t recommend doing the bare minimum when it comes to your main sewer pipe. Once the ground is opened do it right the first time.

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Are you tired of back-up sewage getting into your basement?

Over the past several years we have noticed a growing trend of people who have main sewer lines cleaned and people who are now choosing to repair the bad spots in their main sewer line. We have noticed that clients who have lived in their homes for decades clean their main sewer line yearly or sooner if they develop a backed-up drain in their basement. As for the younger generation of home owners they want main sewer lines camera inspected and repaired so they don’t have any issues for years to come. Keep in mind even when you repair that section of main sewer line pipe you still need to clean the line at least yearly. It’s very important to cut out other debris that has hardened to the walls restricting water flow and debris to pass along and finally get to its ending destination which is the city main line.

If you are in need of a camera inspection of your main sewer line to see if you need a repair or just a scheduled cleaning call Ken’s Sewer Service today and schedule an appointment. We have been in the industry long enough to know what you need done and who to refer you to if you’re in need of a excavation.
Owning property isn’t always fun but these are situations that if handled correctly the first time can reduce future headaches that aren’t needed.

We look forward to hearing from you.

952-929-4146

or

651-698-7639

Do you have a stubborn bathtub that you can not seem to drain?

For plumbers, bathtub drains are the hardest drains to unclog. They are narrow and often wedged in tight spaces, and most plumbers outright refuse to unclog them. Fortunately, they also happen to be the easiest to prevent from clogging. Below is the easiest why for preventative maintenance on your bathtub drain line.

1. Buy a cheap hair catcher and make sure to empty it after every use of showering. This will prolong you from having a drain technician or plumber coming out to your house and charging you a service call.

What shouldn’t be put down your garbage disposal?

1. Drano/other drain cleaners
-Drano products are not meant to be used for garbage disposals because they are too strong. Drain cleaning products contain chemicals specifically made for clearing blockages of inorganic materials – things like hair and sludge build-up – in bathtub drains. It is a foaming solution designed to dissolve inorganic buildup while simultaneously not causing damage to the heavy drains and pipes that make up your bathtub. As a result of this, the chemicals in Drano products are extremely corrosive in nature, and can eat away at the plastic lining of your garbage disposal, ultimately destroying it.

2. Cooking Oil
-Leftover cooking oil from frying pans – such as coconut oil, canola oil and olive oil – cool down after being taken off the stove top. When cooking greasy, fatty foods in these substances, the oil can harden and solidify after cooling down completely, often turning to a yellowish color. (If you fry bacon or any other pork product on a frying pan, it eventually turns to lard). This is especially true with coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature and liquefies in hot temperatures. Oils may be liquid when you pour them down your drain, but as they cool down, they can solidify, and eventually create blockages and clog your garbage disposal.

3. Inorganic materials
-Garbage disposals are also known as food disposals, so it should go without reason to say that anything other than solid food should not be placed into it. This includes eating utensils like forks and spoons – metal and plastic alike. The same also applies for straws, napkins and other eating utensils and accessories. Garbage disposals are not built to handle heavy, hard objects like metals and most plastics. In many cases, they will end up destroying your garbage disposal entirely. But keep in mind to much food scarp will also clog the sink drain line bends and eventually develop a impossible clog to rid of unless you hire a professional.

Garbage disposals are meant for disposing chunks of food leftover from plates and other dishware. Putting anything else in them will likely end up destroying the disposal, and will cost you more money in the long run to replace it.

Are you experiencing a water leak?

Are you experiencing a water leak?

Are you experiencing a water leak?

Now, I know this picture may not be your home or commercial building but believe me, this is what we see everyday when we enter into a flooded home. If you have any minor leaks get them fixed before you end up “flooded” like the swimming pool picture above.

Does your Laundry Tub Drain this good?

When arriving to our clients house they had clogged laundry tubs that we’re overflowing and the floor drain beneath was clogged too. After running our cables down both drains we had these drains draining better then they ever have before. Did you know that if your laundry tubs or floor drain are clogged you could experience flooding on your basement floor. Your water softener discharges several gallons of water and having your drain open and working will keep your basement from flooding and keep damage to a minimum if any at all.

Does your restaurant stink?

We service clogged/slow drains for residential and commercial properties. Restaurant clients seem to back up all the time because of all debris gets shoved down their drains. We strive to help out each and every customer as service requests come in. The drain below was very hard to open but after spending enough time on the job we got everything opening and business running.

Call us next time you’re experiencing a slow or backed up drain.

Commercial restaurant floor drain grease plug