Backed-Up Drains and Sewers

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  • Why Not To Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

    Expert Author Michael Taggert

    Why Not To Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

    The fact is, most chemical drain cleaners generate heat through the use of caustic chemicals such as Sodium Hydroxide (Caustic Lye) or reclaimed sulfuric acid (Battery Acid) Do You really want this stuff in your home? There are some safer methods.

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  • House Traps For Sewer Lines

    Expert Author David Balkan

    A House Trap For A Sewer Line

    Why Is It So Important?

    Believe it or not a house trap on a sewer line is vitally important in many ways that you would probably never think of. That "thing" you see in the bottom of a pit in your basement can cause an awful lot of aggravation or damage if it is not functioning properly, is in poor condition, or is not operated properly.

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  • Plumbing's Big Turn Offs

    Expert Author Nancy Wilkes

    Plumbing's Big Turn Offs

    There are a lot of things about plumbing I do not like...running toilets, pulling hair out of clogged drains, drips, smelly odors. I could go on, but this is not what this article is about. This is about what very well could separate an inconvenience from a full-blown emergency. If something was to go wrong with your plumbing, would you know where to go to turn off the water, gas, and power to your appliances?

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  • Sewer Backup Prevention

    How to Prevent Emergency Sewer Backups in Homes

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  • Solving Sewer Backup Problems

    Solving Sewer Backup Problems

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  • Residential Video Pipe Inspection

    Expert Author Donald Gregory Smith

    Key Benefits

    of Residential Video Pipe Inspection

    Perhaps one of the greatest fears most homeowners have is the idea of having to dig up huge areas of their yards to find a plumbing blockage or broken pipe. Fortunately, thanks to video pipe inspection technology, that's not something that homeowners are likely to have to do anymore.

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  • Drain Flies

    Expert Author Clint S. May

    Drain Flies

    These Little Flies Can Really Get On Your Nerves

    Drain flies are very common in some homes and many commercial businesses. Many consumers and restaurant owners don't completely understand why they get these flies. They think it has to do with a pest control issue, but drain flies normally appear due to sanitation issues in the floor drains and other areas. They do not just show up anywhere. They usually show up in large numbers, so they can cause a state of panic in a business when hundreds of flies appear in a short period of time.

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  • Importance of Using an Experienced Plumber

    Expert Author Ana M Fraser

    The Importance of Using an

    Experienced Plumber

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  • Importance of Pool Cleaning Services

    Expert Author Diane Louise Villanueva

    The Importance of Pool Cleaning Services

    Keep Drains Flowing Free and Clear

    When thinking of how hot summer can be, you would definitely feel like cooling off in a tub or in a pool. And of course, no one likes an untidy place for swimming, but some homeowners just lack the time to treat and clean their pools. Overall maintenance and sanitizing can take up a large amount of your time but this cannot be a hindrance to the safety of your family, friends and guests. To be able to enjoy the luxury of swimming, it is best to maintain your home with the right pool cleaning services.

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  • Identifying Septic Tank Issues

    Expert Author Beverly Jacobs

    Identifying Septic Tank Issues

    If you have a septic tank, knowing the signs of impending issues can save you thousands of dollars in repairs. Many people are not sure about septic tank care, however there are several signs you may notice indicating a problem with the septic tank. In most cases, a septic tank should be cleaned out on average every 3 to 5 years. Although there are other factors, such as the number of people in the house, a washer on the system, or heavy rain periods, can often dictate how often a tank is given maintenance.

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  • Finding an Emergency Plumber

    Expert Author Greg Vandenberge

    Finding a Plumber

    Who Deals With Home Emergency Situations

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  • A Plumber To Fix Your Problems

    Find A Plumber

    To Effectively Fix Your Problems

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  • Finding a Professional Plumber

    Finding a Plumber

    Know when it's time to call a professional

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  • Not All Sewer Pipes Are Created Equal

    Expert Author David Balkan

    Not All Sewer Pipes Are Created Equal

    When a sewer contractor was hired to replace a sewer line in the Bronx the material originally used turned out to be the cause of the sewer problem. The sewer repair might never had been needed if proper sewer line material had been used in the first place. This is a recurring theme in the sewer repair and sewer line replacement business.

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  • Got Plumbing Problems

    Expert Author Meghan E Witham

    Got Plumbing Problems?

    We've all had to deal with it, the toilet, sink or tub is on the fritz! So what are you to do as a homeowner when your plumbing is not working properly? There are a wide array of issues that could be to blame when it comes to your pipes not working correctly, which is why the do-it-yourself methods may not be the best idea. Some plumbing issues are seemingly simple and could be fixed on your own however, some are more serious and require a professional plumber to fix the problem. To help you better identify a plumbing issue in your home and what may be necessary to fix it, here's a quick rundown of some of the most common plumbing problems and what may be to blame.

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  • Dealing With Clogged Drains and Sewer Mains

    Expert Author Dorothy Dutch

    Dealing With Clogged Drains and Sewer Mains

    Life's Ugliest Plumbing Emergencies

    Since your sewer main is buried deep underground (sometimes up to ten feet or more) your sewer pipe is probably one of those things you never think of until it becomes a problem. But, everything you flush, or pour down your toilet, sink or shower ultimately leaves your house through that sewer pipe. And when it does clog, the result is one of the homeowner's worst disasters and the messiest to deal with. Backups not only look revolting, but smell horrible and due to bacterial contamination, can compromise the health of an entire family.

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  • Commons Services of a Plumber

    Expert Author Fidelio Orosco

    Commons Services of a Plumber

    There are a lot of things that you need to know about a plumber, but one of the most important things that you need to understand are the services that you can get from them. This is a very important topic, because this will help you determine whether you already need to hire a plumber or not. Aside from this, you will also be able to determine whether a plumber can provide you with the service that you need or not. Reading this article will save you from the problems that you may encounter whenever your plumbing system is damaged.

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  • Keeping Sewers Clean

    Keeping Sewers Clean

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  • Five Of The Best Plumbing Supplies

    Expert Author Diane Louise Villanueva

    5 Of The Best Plumbing Supplies

    That Every Handyman Would Need

    If you are the handyman at home, you must be prepared for any kind of plumbing problem that may arise. There are some minor plumbing issues that don't require professional plumbers but you'll need to have the necessary tools to carry out these repairs.

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  • Dealing With Sewage

    Expert Author Bruce D Jackson

    Dealing With Sewage

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  • Choosing a Drain Service

    Choosing a Drain Service

    Who to Call for Help Cleaning and Clearing Drains and Plumbing Repair

    Many things can go wrong with plumbing in the home or apartment. Knowing which professional to call will save the homeowner or renter both time and money. Should a drain cleaning rooter service be called, or is a fully licensed and bonded plumber required? Can the neighborhood handyman clear up the problem or could the homeowner even do it themselves?

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  • What Makes a Water Heater Stand Out

    Expert Author Judy Hogg

    What Makes a Water Heater Stand Out?

    Like every other electrical appliance that has made life simpler, a water heater is just one out of the long list of electrical we cannot stay without, especially when there's a chilly winter coming around. And to add to the feature, just like every other electrical appliance, this one can have and will have problems too. So what happens when the heater you use starts leaking, what to do when to solve the problem of water leaking.

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  • What Is Storm Water Management

    Expert Author Wanda Arnold

    What Is Storm Water Management?

    Storm Water Management is the process of managing the condition and amount of excess water, particularly when it appears suddenly. This involves engineered devices and systems, such as a retention pond for cleaning and treating polluted runoff. It is important to manage this water, especially in urban areas where the run off can be a flood risk.

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  • How Long Will Your Main Sewer Line Last

    Expert Author Ana M Fraser

    How Long Will Your Main Sewer Line Last?

    Main sewer lines for homes are built to last quite a long time. Nowadays, most of the lines for homes are made out of PVC pipe. If you have never heard of PVC pipe before, you are not alone. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, and this polyvinyl chloride piping is sincerely built to last. If your sewer line is built using polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, piping, then it will likely last 100 years.

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  • Sewer Backups and Backflows

    Sewer Backups and Backflows

    Dealing with disaster

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  • When Can Bursting a Pipe Be a Good Thing

    Expert Author Ana M Fraser

    When Can Bursting a Pipe Be a Good Thing?

    When you think about the words "bursting a pipe," do they sound in any way good to you? No! Of course not!

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  • Storm Sewer Backup

    Expert Author David Balkan

    Storm Sewer Backup

    What To Do When Heavy Rains Cause A Sewer Back Up

    When sudden downpours occur, such as a recent Saturday and Sunday when over 4" of rain fell in NYC, City sewers frequently back up. Property owners can be left with inches or feet of waste-water in their basements. As an example, on a recent weekend property owners across New York City were left with just such a sewer condition.

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  • Got a Clogged Drain-Here is How to Fix It

    Expert Author Dave R. Logan

    Got a Clogged Drain?

    Here's How to Fix It

    Your home's drainage system is the unsung hero of your plumbing system. It takes all the wastewater from your sinks, showers, and bathtubs and efficiently directs it right where it belongs: the sewer. Pretty important, right? It's critical to make sure your drainage system is clean and functioning properly.

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  • Sheetrock and Clogged Drain Problem

    Expert Author Alan Ruffell

    Sheetrock and Clogged Drain Problem

    If you have a clogged drain due to a piece of sheetrock stuck in it you will have a continuing problem. Over a long period of time it will eventually break down but in the course of time it is accumulating hair and other stuff which will cause the clog in the drain to worsen.

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  • Plungers 101

    Expert Author Andam Persand

    Plungers 101

    Two Big Hints for Effective Use of the Plumber's Helper

    There are two big considerations when it comes to knowing how to correctly use a plunger. First, you should understand how a plunger works when used properly. Then you can apply that knowledge towards successful completion of this common do-it-yourself chore.

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  • Information on Water Heater Leaking

    Expert Author Judy Hogg

    Information on Water Heater Leaking

    It is 2012 and we survive in the aura of machines, tools and equipment [plants and trees being diminishing at a rapid speed, thanks to us (humans)]. It is virtually impossible to think of life without machines. From the zip of a pant to an aeroplane, each machine has got a unique value for us. One of these indispensable machines is the water heater.

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  • Sewer Check Valves

    Expert Author David Balkan

    Flooded Basement, Sewer Back Up?

    A Sewer Check Valve May Be The Answer

    In certain areas of NYC and around the country a public sewer back up may cause a flooded basement. This back up can be due to heavy rains or over development in the area causing the system sewer to be over burdened. Other possible causes of a sewer back up could be a malfunctioning city sewer, a high groundwater table, although there are various other reasons. As in all of these cases a sewer back up does not mean that the house sewer is defective or needs to be cleaned. Many times the solution to stopping a flooded basement from happening and stopping a public sewer back up is by installing a sewer check valve, also known as a backwater check valve.

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  • Plumbing Traps

    Expert Author Wanda Arnold

    Plumbing Traps:

    A Small But Essential Component

    What is a Trap?

    Draining sewage and waste out of your home or office can get smelly. That's because fumes from gases like methane, nitrogen, hydrogen sulfide and carbon monoxide are a by-product of wastes. The job of a plumbing trap is to keep these gases (and their odors), and also small vermin, from entering your home or office via the drain pipes. How does a plumbing trap work? It works by creating a water seal by allowing a small amount of water to be retained in the trap and not allowing anything back up through the pipe. All plumbing fixtures, sinks, toilets, tubs, showers, utility sinks, washer drains, etc. have a trap of some kind.

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  • The Common Clogs and How to Avoid

    Expert Author Antoinette Ayana

    The Common Clogs

    How to Avoid Needing Drain Cleaning

    Drain cleaning can be a good thing for your household plumbing, but it isn't cheap to have it done professionally. While it may be something you want to schedule in to your home's maintenance needs, it isn't something you want to be up against in an emergency. Having said that, millions of homeowners have found themselves in just such a position at one time or another. 99% of the time, these clogs could have been avoided by following some simple rules about what should go down the pipes and what shouldn't. Stick to those rules, and you shouldn't experience any trouble. Here are some of the most common clogs.

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  • Using Sink and Toilet Plungers

    Using Sink and Toilet Plungers

    Learn to Successfully Use Plungers On Each Type of Household Drain

    The red rubber suction cup plunger is still as popular as ever, because when used correctly, even this old design can work wonders. But for even better chances of success, match your plunger purchase to the drain it will be clearing. The old standby with its wide flat face can be difficult to work with on curved drains such as those in toilets and lavatory basins.

    Fortunately, the enormous variety of plunger shapes available means there is one for every type of drain in the home.

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  • Helpful Tips For Finding A Plumber

    Finding A Plumber

    Helpful Tips

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  • Find a Plumber with Yelp or Google

    Expert Author Douglas Babbitt

    Finding a Plumbing Contractor

    Which Is Better Yelp or Google?

    If you are going to look for a plumbing contractor, one of the first and best things that you can do is to search the Internet. There are a lot of advantages that you can get from using this method, but the problem is that there are a lot of people who are not aware of the sites where they can find a plumbing contractor in their area. This article will be discussing the things that you can get from Google and Yelp, which are two of the largest search engines today.

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  • Video Drain Inspection

    Pipe Video Inspection and Exploration

    Sending Cameras Down Drains and Plumbing for a View Inside

    Stubborn, persistent, or recurrent drain problems can be difficult to diagnose. Tracking down the exact location of damage or blockage once pipes leave the home can mean money, time, and property damage saved in the end. One modern tool many rooter and drain services will use is a remote video camera, capable of inspecting the pipes from within and transmitting the image back to the camera operator.

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  • A Plumber Has an Important Job

    Expert Author Antoinette Ayana

    A Plumber Has an Important Job

    There are some in society who see certain jobs and career paths as being nobler than others. For instance, they see doctors, lawyers and even teachers as having a highly important job. Little do some know, however, a plumber performs tasks just as important and beneficial. The main duty of a plumber is to repair and install pipes that are used to transport water and waste.

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  • Find a Competent Local Plumber

    Expert Author Lee Schraner

    How to Find a Competent Local Plumber

    Finding a plumber shouldn't be a problem, since there are so many out there willing to handle your assignment. The problem however is getting the right person for the job. In most cases, people begin their search by asking around from their friends and family. Recommended plumbers are usually the best especially in emergencies.

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  • Drain Snaking

    Drain Snaking

    Handheld Drain and Closet Augers Vs Motorized Plumber's Snakes

    Plumber's snakes are the mechanized rooters that rooter businesses are named after. The professional's tool is motorized, and spools out a stiff, tough metal cable with a reinforced multi-purpose tip, reaming a clear path through constricted or blocked plumbing.

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