Are your sewer lines backing up? Are none of your plumbing fixtures draining like they should be?
Jim Dandy can clean out your sewer lines in no time. With our fast, efficient, and knowledgeable plumbers, you know that you are getting the best services possible. We have you covered from basic drain line snaking to high pressure hydro jetting. To ask any questions that you may have or to schedule an appointment call 206-633-1141.
Clogs within your sewer system can be due to normal everyday blockages such as paper towels, feminine hygiene products, thicker toilet paper, etc. It can also be due to root systems encroaching. To help prevent clogs in a sewer line, try the following:
- Encourage residents to not flush anything but toilet paper.
- Install a catch-all to prevent hair from going down bath or shower drains.
- Avoid putting certain items down the sink's drain such as coffee grounds or leftover cooking oil.
One obvious sign that a main sewer is clogged is having it come back up from other drains, such as the shower or bathtub. Another sign is if there is a gurgling coming from any of the drains.
A bad smell may also be another sign. Whatever the issue may be, it is always an unpleasant experience that could possibly do damage to the home if it is not taken care of immediately. Jim Dandy can unclog any of your drains no matter what the issue. We can get it taken care of as quickly and efficiently as possible. Call us at 206-633-1141.
If you are having frequent blockages in your home it may be worth having a camera inspection of your sewer lines.
This gives the professional plumber as well as the homeowners a clear picture of what is causing your drains to backup and possibly who is to blame. Some common culprits of clogged drains are feminine hygiene products, paper towels, cooking oil, thicker toilet paper, and tree roots. Jim Dandy can clear out anything.
Drain Auger or Snake
The most common approach to clearing your sewer lines is a drain auger, which is also known as a drain snake. Augers consist of a long metal tube with a cable inside that has a corkscrew auger or blades attached and a hand or motorized crank at the other. When it reaches the clog, you can feel the resistance and turn the crank to push through the clog and then pull it out of the drain. If the clog is minor, it can be broken up using an auger in a matter of minutes. Most clogs can be reached by an auger fairly easily because augers are generally at least 50 feet in length. However, snaking does not thoroughly clean your pipes, so it a temporary solution to many clogs. The drain will eventually become plugged again.
Jim Dandy also specializes in hydro jetting, also known as a jetter. Hydro jetting is a process that cleans sewer lines quickly and efficiently utilizing high-velocity water pressure. Powerful streams of high-pressure water, emitting from the forward and reverse jets in the nozzle, propel the hose through the line. As the nozzle and hose turn, debris such as scale, silt, sand, and grease is blasted free and washed away. This is the only process that can bring your sewer line to a “new” state without digging it up. Some benefits of hydro jetting are:
- Eliminates clogs in a flash Removes bacteria
- Thoroughly cleans you drains, not just unclogs them
- Removes dangerous blocks
- Powerful and efficient for residual removing
- Accurate and consistent cleaning
- Clears out pipe walls
- More environmentally and economically safe
To clean a sewer line as well as remove all blockages, the most effective option is a high-pressure hose. Hydro jetting is a smart choice. It is more expensive than an auger, but it will work better and mean that the homeowners only have to address the problem one time instead of once every few months. If your sewer line has a history of the lines draining slowly, tree roots penetrating the lines, or if you live in an older home, jetting might be worth the investment. Hydro jetting clears the lines instead of just clearing the obstruction. You should avoid using a hydro jetter in Orangeburg (wood composite) and ceramic (clay) drain pipes found in some older homes. These types of drains are more likely to clog because of cracks, breaches, and structural collapse. If only one plumbing fixture is clogged then it is probably a secondary line. However, if there is gurgling in your toilet, this usually means that it is your main line that is backed up. If more than one plumbing fixture in affected then it is probably your main line. The main sewer line is one of the most common lines to back up in your home. When experiencing a main sewer line clog, it is recommended to stop using all the water in your home to avoid any potential flooding or add to the backup. You can shut off your main water supply to your home yourself; you do not need a professional for this. The water shut off valve is usually located in the garage, in the basement or crawl space, near the water heater, or in a water meter box located outside your home near the street. Then you need to call a professional to come fix the rest of the issue. Do not try to fix the issue yourself. You could potentially create a mess and make an even bigger problem than you had before.
Troublemakers: Tree Roots
Especially in older homes, the main cause of your sewer system backup could potentially be tree roots. Tree roots and shrubs naturally look for any water source, and your sewer drains are a key target. A camera inspection is a good investment to see if tree roots are the culprit to your backups. If tree roots are damaging the line, then replacing the entire may be necessary. It is, however, a monetary investment. Flowing drains and gurgling noises from your toilet bowls are the first signs that your sewer system is being affected by tree roots. If you do not take action to remove the roots then a complete sewer line block could occur. If your sewer line is over 40 years old then it is important to remove the roots or else a complete sewer line block will occur.
Toilets have the biggest drain line in the house and the most direct path to the sewer line, so if you are experiencing problems with your sewer drain you will first notice it here. It is rare to have a main sewer line stoppage and still have your toilets working properly. If you flush the toilet and water comes back up in the bathtub or the shower, this is usually a clear sign of a sewer drain clog. The water flows back up the pipes and comes out at the lowest point – which is usually the bathtub or the shower – because it cannot go down the sewer drains.
Another unusual reaction to look for is trapped air within the plumbing system. To look for trapped air running water in the sink that is closest to the toilet is a good idea. If the toilet bubbles or gurgles or you can see the water level in the toilet rising, then the clog is very likely in the main sewer line and not in the toilet.
The sewer main could also be clogged if the water draining out of the washing machine causes the toilet to overflow or backs up into the bathtub or the shower. However, if the toilets are still flushing when this occurs, then this is likely due to a washing machine stoppage and not a sewer main line.
Emergencies happen, and that is something that the plumbers at Jim Dandy realize.
They have families just like your own, so they want to get the situation taken care of as soon as possible. With 24 hour services 7 days a week you know that you are getting the best and quickest care possible. We also always have a tech on call in case an emergency pops up and you need someone as soon as possible. Our plumbers will show up to your home with a smile on their face, and they will take care of your issue as quickly and efficiently as possible. Do not hesitate to ask questions. They will explain the issue to you, and they will make sure that you understand the necessary steps and cost so you do not get a curveball about what is going on or about how much it will cost. We are here to help.
When it comes to clogs in drains people often think they can do it themselves, but the most reliable and safest way to do this would be to call a local plumber, and Jim Dandy is the way to go.
This way you can avoid any complications and prevent even further damage than the issue at hand. When you call us, we will ask you questions about the clog and get as much information as possible in order to ensure that our technician has all the information to fix your issue. The plumber will locate where the problem is coming from and will use a water hose or drain auger to clean out the line. To make sure your problem was fixed we will check the drains to be certain that your drains are taken care of. We will fix your problem in the quickest time possible. Too often clogs are an inconvenience, and our plumbers realize that issues such as these need to be taken care of. If you have any blockage in your home do not use any of the plumbing in your home until the issue is taken care of to help prevent any further issues. We will clean out your sewers in no time.
Whether it is a secondary line, main line, camera inspection, or hydro jetting, you know the expert plumbers at Jim Dandy will always be there to help you take care of your problem.
To schedule an appointment and get a rough estimate of the cost call 206-633-1141. Affordable, reliable, and dependable too, Jim Dandy is the plumber for you.