Sewer CleaningSewer lines, like other drain lines can also develop stoppages. When a sewer line stops up, this is often referred to as a “mainline stoppage. There are often telltale signs that a problem is developing long before the stoppage actually occurs. For instance, you may hear gurgling in the pipes when you flush a toilet. When you need a sewer line cleaning, you may also hear gurgling in one toilet in a first-floor bathroom while using water anywhere else in your home. You may notice some of your plumbing (sinks, bathtubs, washing machine), develop slow drains or complete stoppages. A mainline stoppage requires a little more patience and a lot more skill to resolve with a sewer cleaning. Unfortunately, there are some clogs that just cannot be dislodged by home equipment, chemicals or methods. For example, tree roots can often be the culprit. During the laying of the pipes, joints are often not sealed tightly or correctly or the glue dries up and cracks off at those joints over time. Over time, as the ground settled and trees grow, those roots can start to invade joints in the pipe while seeking water. The end result can be blocked pipes, cracked pipes or crushed pipes that occur under ground and far beyond the customer’s reach. Generally, the typical homeowner is not going to have the industrial equipment needed to address these types of issues. Professional plumbing technicians, or drain cleaners, often utilize camera technology once the they restore flow to the pipe and clear the water and sewage sitting in the pipe to examine the inside of a main line. Since nobody can see underground, this is how they can determine if the pipe was cleared enough and not just a small hole punctured through the cause giving a very temporary relief as well as the cause of the sewage backup. They can see if a pipe has collapsed and if so, where. This is how they can determine if tree roots have invaded the pipe and if so, how. This is how they can determine if there has been some sort of plumbing system failure, and if so why. They can even see if the problem starts at the city public manhole causing everything to back up into your main sewer line. In addition, professionals also have equipment that is far more reaching than anything that could be purchased for consumer use in a big box store. The plumbing snakes used by professionals are not only much longer in length, but are often driven by a motor which allows for a much more thorough result and examination and there are numerous types of professional attachments that are utilized depending on the cause. Used in conjunction with the camera technology, the plumber can not only use the snake to dislodge the stoppage, but has the added advantage of being able to see specifically where to go and what to do. Clearly, a homeowner would always rather save money and clear a clog without having to rely on a plumber. Just keep in mind, that there are some jobs that really do require a professional. If you are looking to not only have a quick fix, but get to the root of the problem, no pun intended, then give us a call and we will be happy to send one of our professionals out quickly!
Sewer Camera InspectionWhy does Three Way Plumbing utilize cameras once a sewer line is cleared? Three Way Plumbing’s DrainVision camera system actually lets the technician see inside your drain system which winds from under your house into your yard and to the main sewer. The benefit of the camera is that it allows your technician to find out the “what” and the “where” of a drain problem so it can be addressed at the source. Many drain cleaners will have to guess where the clog is and dig up your yard, or tear out parts of your drain unnecessarily. This can be costly, messy, and inconvenient. Many so-called “drain cleaning experts” can restore flow to your drain line by poking a hole in whatever obstruction is in the line. But all too often, this only solves the problem temporarily. Sooner or later, the clog comes back, causing your drain to become slow again, or worse, causing a messy and disgusting sewer backup into your home! When our technicians use the DrainVision camera on your drain system, we can see minor problems before they become major problems and save you, the homeowner, lots of time, aggravation, and money. We can resolve your drain problems for good so they won’t ever come back! This is why we have cameras on all of our trucks! Ask how you can make the DrainVision part of a regular maintenance program in your home.
Dangers that can be prevented with DrainVision in the hands of a skilled technician from Three Way Plumbing!
- Tree roots or other problems can cause drains to collapse or become clogged with dirt and roots.
- Tree roots can enter a drain pipe through the smallest of cracks, seeking moisture.
- Shown here is an actual drain pipe that has become so clogged with root growth that it’s actually “bursting” open. A different company had come and “poked” a hole in the clog once, but since they didn’t “see” the actual cause the sewage backup returned and created a big mess inside the home yet again.
- Tree root growth pulled out of the drain pipe. This clog caused a mess of their home after the washing machine’s spin cycle pushed water into the clogged pipe, which had nowhere to go but back up and out of a toilet all over hardwood floors in the bathroom and out into the hallway. and pulled back with it all the sewage backed up and sitting in the pipe. What a mess!
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With over 20 years of experience as a trusted plumber in Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas, we have proven our ability to provide fast, high-quality plumbing repair, replacement, and installation service. Our friendly team members are dedicated to getting to the root of your problem, not merely a band-aid fix. Expect upfront, transparent, and respectful services from start to finish.
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