Are the drains in your home draining slowly, or not at all? Have you noticed that your toilet tends to clog, or that sewage has backed up into your basement? If so, it may be time to have your sewer line cleaned out.
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When you need sewer rodding services, you need to give us a call at Midwest Plumbing Pros. We offer the best and highest-quality service in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago. Our plumbing company is one of the top companies in the state of Illinois, so you can always feel confident that we will give you the help you need to get things moving again.
Over time, pipes and sewer lines tend to become more and more clogged, even if nothing unusual has been put into them. Just ordinary waste water contains enough that the pipe will slowly begin to grow narrower. This makes it harder and harder for the water to flow through it.
Eventually, your pipes will become so clogged and blocked that the water just does not want to move. This is when it starts to back up into your home, and you probably know what a mess that can be. To avoid such situations, you need to give us a call and schedule a sewer rodding.
Our experienced staff has been serving people in the Chatham area for many years, so we have seen it all. We know exactly how to deal with any situation that we may encounter. You can feel confident that you will receive the highest quality of professional service when you schedule an appointment.
Even if you are not experiencing any problems with your pipes and drains, it is still a good idea to call us to schedule a cleaning. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you have your sewer line cleaned out on an annual basis, you are much less likely to experience any serious problems.
Our skilled and experienced technicians are all trained to the highest standards, so you do not have to worry. They are equipped to handle any situation. We have access to all the latest equipment, so we can deal with any sewer line, no matter how clogged or blocked it may be.
Clearing out a significant amount of blockage can take some time, but we will do so as quickly and efficiently as possible. We work hard to make sure that we get your problem solved with the minimum amount of disruption. We will always treat you with professional courtesy and explain everything that we will be doing. If you ever have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to ask and we will answer them to the best of our ability.
When you are having trouble with your sewer line, just pick up the phone and call us at Midwest Plumbing Pros. We offer the best sewer rodding services in the Chatham area of Chicago. Call 312-967-4701 today to learn more about our company.
There are a number of different things that can cause the smell of sewer gas to enter your home. It can be caused by drain buildup, sewer blockage, and a number of other factors. You may only be experiencing the smell of sewer gas, or actual sewer gas may be entering your home. Whatever the problem is, there are a number of ways that it can be fixed. Having your drain repaired or cleaned or replacing damaged parts will allow you to get rid of the smell and get your drain back to normal. If these fixes don’t help, talk to a plumber.
The first thing you should try is pouring between one and two quarts of water down your drain. This is often enough to clean out the drain and get rid of the smell.
Use a scrub brush with nylon bristles to clean out the inside of the pipe. After you’ve scrubbed it throughout, pour clean water down the drain to wash everything away.
Once the strainer has soaked, take it out and scrub any remaining grime away. Rinse it off, and put it back on the drain.
If that doesn’t fix the problem, go up on your roof and take a look at your vent pipes. Something like a bird’s nest could be clogging the pipe and blocking sewer gasses in your drain. If you remove it, the gasses will be able to escape.
If the smell is coming from your toilet, you may also want to try shutting off your toilet’s water supply. This can be done with the valve that’s under the water tank. Flush out the tank, and then turn the water back on.
If that isn’t enough to address the problem, there are some additional things you could try. You could shut the water back off and remove the supply line from your tank. You could remove the flange and wax ring and replace any parts that are badly damaged. Take a look at your toilet and see if anything looks like it’s in need of repair.
Even if you’re not a plumber, getting rid of a sewer drain smell can be an very easy task. Try these simple steps and see if they help to resolve the problem. If they don’t, you’ll be able to bring in a professional knowing that you tried everything that you possibly could.
DEFINITION OF BACKFLOW?
When contaminated or polluted water goes in the wrong direction and flows back toward its source, it is called backflow. This is most often caused by back-siphonage or back-pressure. When the pressure already in the pipes is higher than that which is entering the pipes, then that is called back-pressure. When one of the pipes has negative pressure, it is back-siphonage.
HOW CAN BACKFLOW BE PREVENTED?
We always work to protect the health of the public at Midwest Plumbing Pros. We have professionals who are very well trained and are capable of assessing your business and/or home in detail to judge if the plumbing will be susceptible to backflow and to help you pick the right backflow assemblies. There are two types of prevention of backflow that all businesses are compelled to have.
There is the external assembly which will prevent cross connection with city water at the business location. The other type is internal and is designed to protect the customer from a dangerous cross connection. To make sure these assemblies are working properly, they should be tested every year.
For commercial properties, all cities require yearly testing for backflow. Midwest Plumbing can perform this testing and will send a reminder that re-certification is due so that your property will always be in accord with local regulations and codes.
SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT (SDWA)
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was created in 1974 by Congress. It was designed to protect Americans health from any contaminates that might be found in the drinking water and to keep existing groundwater from becoming contaminated. In 1986 and 1996, this Act was amended to make it mandatory to have backflow prevention assemblies installed and taken care of at a water service connection. This is the spot where there is a possible danger of cross contamination, which can be a threat to the backflow system of the customer.
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We at Midwest Plumbing are pleased to offer a 1-year warranty on materials and workmanship on all new installations of backflow assemblies.
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What is Backflow?
Most of the time water flows “forward” from the water distribution system into your residence. Backflow is the term used to describe the “backward flow” of water. In other words, backflow would occur when water from your home “flows back” into the water supply. Backflow can also be caused when water from a garden hose “flows back” into your home. If water flowing backwards contains hazardous chemicals or bacteria, it can cause an unhealthy or dangerous situation.
How Does It Occur?
Backflow can occur because of something as simple as an ordinary garden hose. As an example, you are washing your car and the phone rings. You leave your garden hose in a bucket of soapy water. While you are on the phone, a water main breaks down the street and the water pressure quickly and momentarily has a significant drop, creating a vacuum. Like sucking on a straw, the vacuum could pull the soapy water into your home’s water system. At the same time, your spouse gets a glass of water from the kitchen faucet. What should be a refreshing drink actually ends up being contaminated by the effects of backflow.http://www.guc.com/backflow
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When a nasty smell presents itself through your plumbing, you’ve got a problem. What kind? Well, bad odors can mean any number of things, whether it’s a leak in the toilet or a fracture or blockage in the venting pipes. Sometimes the perfect storm happens where a vacuum is created in the system. This happens when air is not reaching the drain of your sink. Flowing water then creates the vacuum, sucking water out of the bottom of P-traps. The only way around this is to clear the vents. If that’s sounds like a diagnosis of your plumbing, read on to find out how to clear blockages.
First, you’ll need to pinpoint where the offending smell is coming from. If it’s coming from a toilet, there may be something bigger than just a blockage going on here. But if your smell is coming from a drain, your vents are, in all probability, blocked up. Suppose you smell something coming from the wall. This could indicate a fractured or disconnected vent pipe in need of fixing. The only way to get at it is going to be to take off the drywall.
So how do you fix the toilet? You might want to roll up your sleeves first; this is going to be a big job. It’s paramount that you first turn off the water and drain the tank. Then take the whole unit off its floor mount using the appropriately sized wrench. Now inspect the floor for water damage. If it is present, make sure it is cleared up before the bowl and tank go back on.
If the flange is lower than a half inch under the floor, it will need to be lifted. A low flange can spell disaster for the wax ring since it cannot engage along the waste line. This leaves the door open for all kinds of unpleasant smelling gasses to permeate the bathroom air. To fix the flange, you’ll need to get a flange extender. Unscrew it, install the extender on top, and then replace the bowl.
What if you think your P-trap is blocked? To find out for sure, you’ll need to dump water down the drain. Then flush the nearest toilet. If you hear gurgling and sucking sounds, you know you’ve got yourself a P-trap blockage.
Clearing vents is sometimes as simple as getting up on your roof to check vents for debris, like leaves, sticks, or any number of things that might’ve fallen in over the years. You might be surprised by what you find.
If the opening isn’t blocked, get off the roof, activate your garden hose, and bring it on up, taking care not to slip by the wet surface the hose creates. Stick the hose in the vent. It’s possible the water may get rid of any unseen obstructions. If it doesn’t it will overflow back onto the roof, and you’ll know you’ve got a real tenacious bit of gunk down below.
The insertion of an auger into the vent can get rid of that stubborn gunk. Ram it down the vent, cranking the handle to stir it through the blockage. After it’s been cleared, the water may drain. Repeat the previous test to make sure you don’t have another overflow. If you don’t, you’ll know your vent is open now. Problem solved.
There’s a reason you had a problem in the first place. After treating the symptom of getting rid of the blockage, you need to fix the joints in your pipes. Plastic cement works well for this and will ensure that your vents are clear for a long while to come.
The installation of a catch basin can provide a solution to majority of your drainage problems be it in a commercial parking lot or your yard. Many individuals face the problem of water stagnating on their property due to poorly drained soils or terrain. Low and relatively flat areas in a lawn or garden can be ruined by stagnating water since the captured rain water tends to create some ponds and pools of water that can be a nuisance and a hindrance to some of the basic farming activities.
With the stagnation of the water, the soil becomes clogged and turns into mud. This can have some very adverse effects to the growth of your plants. In most cases, soils that are water-logged provide unfavorable conditions for plants to thrive. This can result into the plants drying and withering up. So as to solve the problem of water-flooding and stagnation, catch basins can be installed. These are special types of equipment that can be used to keep the amount of stagnating water in check. This means that the equipment has the capability of containing or draining away excess surface water.
Catch basins come with different sizes, types and shapes. In addition, they come with different materials with the most common materials of manufacture being PVC, plastic and concrete. If you want to install a catch basin that requires heavy material, you can choose to construct one all by yourself. The size of the catch basin is usually determined by the extent to which the ponding issue is severe. If the flooding is just occasional, the installation of PVC pipes could suffice. These are highly preferred since they are lightweight, easy to handle and easy to install.
If the water problem is immense, the installation of concrete basins could be ideal. These are extremely heavy and special type of machinery is required to move them to the point of installation. Concrete catch basins are relatively large which makes them ideal for the collection of large volumes of water.
When installing the basin, it is essential to have a hole cast at its bottom. This enables the basin to trap rainwater during a storm and drain it down to the ground. This means that at no time shall your earth surface remain flooded with rainwater. The magnificent bit about concrete catch basins is that they are durable. Some of them can even outlast you.
The installation of a basin is quite easy and straightforward. You should only take some extra caution if your basin will have an outlet pipe. This is because the outlet pipe must be installed in a manner and direction that allows for easy draining of the trapped rain water. It is also important to install the basin at the foot of a sloppy terrain so that all the rainwater flows into it without much hindrances.
After the basin has been install, proper care and maintenance is required. It is imperative that the equipment has no debris for maximum and optimal efficiency in the control of floods and water stagnation.
Q: What exactly is a Cleanout?
A: A cleanout is the point of access in a waste piping system, which allows the use of rodding systems or other equipment to do maintenance on drains. As previously mentioned, most residences have at least one of these as the sewer goes away from the house. There are however homes that do not have one. Homes built after 1980 should have a cleanout installed outside it. Most of the homes in our region have 4 inch sewer line coming out of the house, which becomes a 6 inch line placed under the ground outside.
Q: When I last had technicians to do rodding outside, it was completed much quicker than when they did it inside. Is this normal?
A: Drain cleaning and rodding is not a precise science as technicians may be faced with varying problems at each home. The answer to this may be that if the company who did the rodding inside was forced to work in a confined space or they were meticulous about cleaning the work area, it should have taken them longer to complete.
Q: How many people are required to do rodding? One company we used sent one technician and another company sent two.
A: The number of technicians required is dependent on the size of the pipe, the exact area where the work is required and the type of equipment being used. Some of the equipment used for this type of job is often cumbersome and heavy, thus it is necessary for two people to do the job to comply with safety regulations.
Q: We hired a plumbing contractor to hydrojet our home. They started the job in the basement and our basement was completely flooded as soon as they turned on the jetter. What caused this as all they told us was that our system was 100% blocked?
A: What they told you was partially true as you were 100% blocked. What they should also have told you is that when the sewer is filled completely, a hydrojet should never be used in a basement. Most commercial hydrojetters have a surge of a huge amount of water and it is necessary for the sewer to be partially open to allow the water to go through.
Q: Is it really necessary to install a new sewer in my front lawn? One contractor stated that periodic maintenance will be fine, but another insisted that I replace it.
A: The contractor that offered you the pros and cons related to this type of job is probably the better one to go for. The contractor who wants to do constant maintenance is looking for job security, while the one who is recommending replacement is trying to make a sale. You should ask for them to show you the condition of the pipes and that will allow you to determine if it needs replacement or not. You could ask them to provide you with a video and if you forward it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will offer you advice.
Q: Is it cheaper to get my pipe relined?
A: This is a very good question as in our experience, hiring a contractor to line your pipe will cost you almost as much as having it replaced. The preparation and labor hours required to prepare a drain line for new lining is much greater than having a couple of technicians undertake a repair. If you intend relining, you should consider that good epoxy pipe lining will strengthen the pipe more than ductile iron and it is 17% smoother than a new PVC pipe, so you would be obtaining a permanent fix. The other factor to consider is if you have spent a lot of money on landscaping your garden, or the pipe is placed under a driveway or walk, it would be less intrusive to choose lining. It will not be necessary for you to spend extra funds for the replacement of concrete, asphalt or shrubs.
Q: The plumber I hired broke a rod within my drain and now wants me to pay for digging up my lawn to allow for the repair of it. I have had this particular line rodded several times over the past few years and this is the first time this has happened.
A: The first thing you should keep in mind is you have had a licensed plumber to your home several times in the past and you were satisfied with the work they did, you should use them again. Sometimes a technician will force the rod into a blockage, which causes the torque to get stuck in a break that is already there. The most likely answer is that after years of undergoing maintenance, the sewer may finally have collapsed and the equipment used for rodding gets stuck and the technician is not to blame.
It may be the nastiest function of your house; but there is no arguing how absolutely essential a reliable plumbing system is to you and your family. Any malfunction in your plumbing system is sure to be more than a mere inconvenience as they can halt all food preparation, hygiene habits and washing until they have been resolved.
Problems that go unaddressed can escalate into serious health hazards that require costly repairs. The best way to prevent an expensive overhaul on your plumbing system is to recognise the warning signs of sewer line problems early on and call professional plumbing company in the Chicago area. There are several easily identifiable signs that something is not right in the tubes and could use some attention.
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The home plumbing system is the complex series of interconnected tubes and pipes that that work within your walls and through your basement to supply your major appliances with fresh water and dispose of the wastes. Look for signs of plumbing problems in these end-of-the-line appliances. The sinks, washing machine, dishwasher or toilets can reveal symptoms of a plumbing problem located somewhere within the network.
Sewer clogs should be taken seriously. As a matter of fact a clog should be considered an emergency situation (Call Midwest Plumbing Pros 312-967-4701); because all that backed up water is going to have to go somewhere. If there is a stopped up sewer main eventually all that water is going to start flooding your home and that can be seriously damaging.
Here are some common signs that tell you things aren’t flowing in your home’s plumbing system.
Your Facilities are showing telltale signs of a clog. Perhaps the easiest thing to recognise is that the water won’t go down. If this is common to several of your fixtures it could be the fault of a backed up sewer line, time to take the following action:
Conduct an inspection of all the home’s toilets. Being the largest and most direct conduit of waste disposal, generally symptoms of a clogged sewer line may be seen in the toilets first. If there is indeed a complication in the sewer line you are sure to notice it in your toilets first.
Check all the tubs and showers in the home. Because the drains in the tub or shower is usually much lower than the drain of the sinks problems with a clogged pipe is sure to reveal itself there before you notice any signs in the sinks. Symptoms of a clog in your drain or tub include sluggish drainage or water that collects for awhile before moving on down the tubes.
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There are three important appliances to keep an eye on if you feel a clog might be building up.
The Toilet – If when you flush the toilet you notice that some water is working its way up the drain in the tub or shower, you can bet you’re sitting on a clogged sewer. If there is a stopped up sewer line the water can not continue down to the sewer main as intended and begins to collect in the pipes and appears in the low lying tub or shower drain.
The Sink – Check how fast the water runs in the sink that sits nearest the toilet. What you are trying to find are trapped air pockets. Let the faucet in the sink run for a couple of minutes; while it’s doing that keep your eye on the toilet for any bubbles or a rising water level. If you see any such signs, then you can cross the toilet off of the list of suspects, the signs all point to the sewer.
The Washing Machine – If waste water begins to backup into the tub or shower while the washing machine is in operation you probably have a clogged sewer line. You may also find your toilets overflowing when you run your washing machine, when the washing machine drains tit backs the water up the toilet lines. If you can flush toilets while your washing machine is draining your problem is not in the sewer but in the washing machine or shower/tub drains.
A little investigation into your homes plumbing system may reveal easier ways to identify sewer line clogs. Many homes are equipped with a sewer main line clean out, this can be checked by unscrewing the lid and checking for standing water or waste that may have accumulated. A clear sewer line means that there won’t be any stagnant water or waste water filling the clean-out pipe.
Don’t let problems in your sewer line affect the comfort of your home or charge you for expensive repairs. Get the best assistance from the experts at Midwest Plumbing Pros In Chicago.
Sewage backups in Chicago can occur for a number of reasons to anyone’s home, and they are not any fun at all. When homeowners in the Lawton area report sewage backups, the problem usually stems from one of three causes.
In Chicago sewage pipes can clog up just like the other pipes in your home that are used for draining purposes. If you are only noticing a problem in one area, such as in a tub or toilet, then it could just be that the drain for that equipment is clogged only. On the flip side, if your flushing the toilet causes sewage backup in other areas of your home, then there is most likely a sewer blockage in the main line.
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Regular maintenance and proper drain usage can help you keep the sewer clogs away. You can use the following tips to help ensure your main sewer line doesn’t get clogged.
Paper waste like napkins and facial tissues should be put in your trash can not the toilet, as these can easily create clogs in your sewer line.
Your garbage disposal should be treated similarly, with no big amounts of anything being dumped in the disposal because of possible clogs developing.
Grease should never be poured down any drain because it hardens and becomes more solid. Furthermore, it can collect additional debris as it hardens and forms a clog.
Roots From Trees
Sewer backups are also commonly caused by rogue tree roots. There might not even be trees above your sewer line, but nearby trees can be the culprit.
Tree roots can actually break through and grow into your sewer line, which can cause both blockages and leaks, and they can also crush a sewer pipe.
Older homes in the Chicago area sometimes have problems with collapsed or broken sewer line pipes. Clay and iron piping was formerly used for sewer lines back in the day, and while this may sound durable, it breaks down over the years. Therefore, these days, plastic PVC piping is normal for sewers.
When you have a clogged drain, don’t simply just go for the over-the-counter formulas for unclogging drains right away. You may think this fix is easy and cheap, but it could cost you. These products contain chemicals that are harsh for your plumbing pipes, and this can turn into a repair situation. Enzymes are used by the professionals, not the harsh chemicals, and the treatments offered by the plumbers are also cost efficient and the best solutions.
It is necessary for a plumber to check out your sewer system for a proper diagnosis of the problem. A professional can use video inspection throughout your sewer line to find the clog or leak. Subsequently, the best and most appropriate solution will be used, and your sewer line will be functioning properly and back to normal once again.
You probably do not pay much attention to your sewer lines. You know that they carry water and waste away from your home to the main sewer lines in Chicago, but once you flush the toilet or turn off the water, you rarely think about them. However, sewer lines can become clogged at the most inopportune times, creating huge messes in your home.
When you have a clogged sewer line in your Chicago home, you need to make sure that you call Midwest Plumbing Pros right away. This way, we can help you get your sewer line unclogged and cleaned out as quickly as possible. We have a great deal of experience with all sorts of situations, so we can deal with whatever you may confront us with.
There are a number of different issues that can cause a sewer line to become blocked or clogged. One of the most common causes is tree roots. Over time, as tree roots grow, they can work their way into your sewer lines and form a tangled web that eventually is thick enough to prevent any waste water from getting
Flushing things down the drain that should not enter the sewers can also cause clogs. For example, paper towels, tampons, and even extra-thick toilet paper can all cause clogs. You need to make sure that you do not let anything enter your sewer lines that will not break down easily.
Once we arrive at your home, we will start to inspect your drains and pipes to identify the source of the problem. In most cases, spotting the clog is fairly easy. Most clogs are fairly shallow and can be cleaned out in a short period of time.
We have all the latest and most powerful equipment so that we can clear out any blockage right away. No clog is too tough for our drain augers! Midwest Plumbing Pros knows that you want to get the water flowing as quickly as possible, so we have invested in these high-quality tools so that we can get the job done right away.
If the clog is so deep that we cannot easily locate it, we may need to use a camera to inspect your sewer line. These cameras are mounted on long cables that we can run into your sewer line. The signal is sent back to us so that we can easily spot the clog. Once we find it, we can get started on clearing it out.
Even after the clog is gone, we can make sure that the same problem does not reoccur. We can give you some simple tips to follow so that you do not experience any more problems with your sewer lines. Schedule an annual inspection so that we can make sure that no clogs are starting to form.
A clogged sewer line can cause a huge mess in your home if you do not get it cleaned out quickly. Call 312-967-4701 right away when you need help.
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Tactics to locating sewer line problems have changed over the years. Most typical home owners don’t really know the proper procedure for doing so anymore. Most people nowadays are getting assistance from experts and plumbers who have special tools such as sewer cameras and other up to date technologies.
Sewer cameras are incredibly helpful for helping people to locate problems and get repairs started in a timely manner. If you tend to have such problems, whether you have a home or a business, you may want to consider investing in such a service. By getting in touch with a professional that uses such a device regularly, they can quickly find and solve a variety of your sewage troubles. Many of the traditional manners in which such repairs are conducted causes many other problems for homeowners to deal with, such as a damaged home and landscape. Additionally, it’s not uncommon for the repairs to be poorly done, leaving your pipes susceptible to suffering additional leaks over time.
Sewer camera inspection can find a variety of details that may be difficult to see with the naked eye without an extreme amount of work being done. It can located issues including poor installation work, tree roots cracking pipes, and more. General processes in the past required far more manual labor than this requires. To do this process, many times there is a small, water-proof camera at the tip of a flexible wire. This wire then is pushed into the pipe from either end, and provides images that can be used to find precise points of damage and concern on the sewer lines. This process is much easier than other methods of repair, and will avoid unnecessary work and damage to your home. The speed in which the entire repair process is completed in will be very pleasing to you and your household.
After the issues are discovered with the camera, repairs can be done by a method of replacement that does not require trenching. It is a cost effective and non-invasive process to get rid of the damaged pipes. It is done by pulling a newer pipe through the old pipe, by using a cable that splits the existing pipe apart, to ultimately replace it altogether with a seamless polyethylene pipe. This process will save a lot of money and labor efforts that would be spent digging holes throughout your property. Many times, more than just your yard will have to be dug up, as occasionally driveways and other obstacles may have to be dug into, resulting in high repair costs. The only requirement is a very small hole being dug at both ends of the pipe that you are looking to replace, so that the camera can be used. Thankfully, this method avoids such unnecessary headaches.
To avoid unnecessary problems piling up as a result of faulty sewer lines, be sure to take some time to educate yourself on these newer methods and technologies that are being used to repair sewage issues. In the situation you do face such problems, be sure to handle it as soon as possible by contacting professionals that use these sewer camera inspection processes.
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