Question: Why do my drains back up more frequently than my neighbors?
Answer: It all depends on what you are putting down your drain. Drain systems are designed to remove waste by water. If fluid waste begins to coagulate like grease or fat, pipe diameters will diminish. Vegetables such as celery or potato peels become like pulp in a drain system. They simply do not move through older drains like cast iron.
Solution: Rule of thumb. If you won’t eat it, don’t ask your sink to. Egg shells, potato peels, stringy vegetables should be placed in the trash. Large amounts of oat meal, mashed food products and grease should go into the trash. Keep an old mason jar under the kitchen counter for grease. Finally using Enzyme based drain cleaner will help emulsify grease, fat and organic vegetables.
Question: Why does my tub or shower back up when I flush the toilet?
Answer: Tub drains and shower drains represent the lowest drain fixture in the home. You are dealing with a whole house main line stoppage. Three factors may be in place here:
- You are experiencing a root intrusion.
- Disposable wipes are being used in excess.
- Your sewer may be suffering from a major offset of one connection or another.
Solution: Clear main line sewer with a large auger machine. Visually inspect the inside of sewer main for possible root intrusions or off-set separation of drain pipe.
Question: Both my water and gas bills have gone up. My floor also feels warm. What’s going on?
Answer: You may be experiencing a pin hole leak, or slab leak. This is a leak that is found under concrete slab where pipes are laid underground. A leak occurs when calcium develops on the inside wall of a length of copper pipe. Each length runs back and forth to each water fixture in the home.
Solution: Locate the leak. This is a big one which requires the use of specialized equipment for tracing and listening. Some leaks are readily visible by way of cracks in the concrete floor or footing. Furthermore, a pinhole leak can be found on copper raisers service a second floor. Cut and remove concrete. Excavate soil. Cut and remove damaged section of copper pipe. Braze in new material and fittings. Back fill with clean sand. Set and new concrete patch.