Today’s technology has changed every industry in our society, and plumbing is no exception. Drain cleaning cameras and inspection technology helps us in three distinct ways:

  • Before drain cleaning, it helps us locate and determine the extent of the problem, and define the course of action
  • During drain cleaning, it allows us to determine progress
  • After drain cleaning, it ensures the job was completed and the root of the problem is gone, creating a free-flowing pipe in return

An inspection camera has several key components: a cable reel, a pushrod, and the camera with a light source to illuminate the problem. Cameras typically have self-leveling functions that allow it to always show the water at the bottom in the correct orientation as it sits in the drain line. Additional accessories, such as DVD or CD recorders and sewer inspection software can help capture and report data even more effectively.

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One key component of an effective system is equipment to locate a problem under a floor or below ground from a remote, above ground inspection point. This makes it easier and safer to locate potential problems without having to guess where the source really is. This can eliminate unnecessary digging, evacuating the wrong areas, or allowing a leak to continue for longer than it should, costing even more in repair costs down the road.

In the world of plumbing, one size doesn’t necessarily fit all, and it holds true when it comes to camera technology as well. Reels and camera sizes come in different sizes to be able to effectively get into different sized drain lines.

For example, a toilet or sink line can best be seen using a micro version designed for drain lines from 1 to 3 inches in diameter. The smaller cameras can navigate through smaller lines and toilet traps, and are also easier to adjust with smaller turning radius.

Lighter duty camera units typically weigh 7 to 11 pounds, while industrial technology often weighs in at 24 to 48 pounds and above. Most units today use LED lighting with 18 volt lithium-ion batteries that provide up to 5 hours of continuous inspection. Monitors come both in black and while or in color to make it possible to see and save information for future comparisons.

Statistics show that as many as one in four service calls require a second trip because the original problem wasn’t found and corrected the first time out. Which means more time and energy spent finding the problem and correcting the mess for you.

Traditional methods often don’t get to the root of the problem. With today’s technology, its easier than ever to find the source of the problem the first time, and eliminate it altogether.

If you have a clogged drain, give us a call today.

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In very few cases, a major home repair emergency happens without warning signs. We may choose to ignore them. Or in many cases, we simply may not know what to watch for.

When it comes to a sewer line backup, you’ll never find an emergency that didn’t give warning signs first. It’s a gradual process that takes months, even years or more to turn into a true emergency. But when it hits, you’ll wish you had done everything possible before hand to eliminate the problem altogether. Its messy. Its stinky. It can be dangerous. And there are warning signs that show up well in advance.

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Warning #1: Multiple Fixtures Are Clogged

One of the most obvious warning signs is when more than one fixture in your home backs up at the same time. Toilets are particularly effected by a sewer back up as it is the largest drain in your home. Toilets have the most direct path to the sewer, and rarely are your toilets working properly if the sewer line is backing up. You can also check your tub and shower, as they sit lower than drains in the sink.

Warning #2: Unexpected Reactions When Using Fixtures

If your sewer is backed up, your entire plumbing system will be affected. Which means every time you use your plumbing system, it will make strange noises or actions as it is put to the test. Flush your toilet and you’ll find the water not only doesn’t go down, but it may come up through your tub or shower. Run the faucet in the bathroom sink and you may notice bubbles or water rising in your toilet. Start up your washing machine and water begins to flow through other drains in the area. These are sure signs your sewer line is blocked, and that you don’t have a problem with a single fixture in your home.

Warning #3: Drainage at the Clean Out

If you have a main line clean out, you can verify a sewer back up in another way. Open the clean out by either unscrewing or pulling to remove the cap. Check the clean out for any waste water buildup. You should not be able to see the water coming up the clean out pipe. If water is flowing up and out, it confirms the fact that you have a sewer line backup.

If you suspect or have a sewer line backup, time is of the essence. Nothing is worse than having to go through restoration as raw sewage dumps into sections of your home. Give us a call is you suspect a problem. We can find the main problem and either get your line cleared by one of our many methods, or identify the breakage and get it repaired before further damage is done.

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We’re a nation of convenience. We always have something on our plates, some place to go, something to do. And because of it, we’re always looking for products that make our lives just a little easier.

That’s how baby wipes were invented. What could be more convenient than having clean flushable wipes for keeping messes off of your little one? And they come in convenient pouches that mean you can take them anywhere … and dispose of them anywhere.

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People have been using baby wipes – flushable wipes – for years. Yet just because they use the terms “flushable” and “disposable” doesn’t necessarily make them so.

Talk with any municipal waste system employee, and you will hear of the perils of flushing nondispersible items. It can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars to clear clogs caused by these items, and unfortunately its becoming more commonplace every day.

What’s the difference between flushable wipes and toilet paper? Actually, quite a bit.

Toilet paper is made with paper that begins breaking down the moment its wet. Not so with flushable wipes. They are stronger with a tighter weave designed to give you strength for cleaning up. Consumer Reports tested flushable wipes against toilet paper to see the difference. Toilet paper turned into shreds just by being placed in water with a small whirlpool. Flushable wipes didn’t fare as well. After 10 minutes in an electric food mixer, the wipe was still intact.

Now imagine that in a small pipe making its way down stream. Or over a screen designed to separate particles in our municipal waste system. Big problem, right?

Flushable wipes are now one of the most common items flushed that shouldn’t be, but it isn’t the only thing. Right behind it in both amount and problems are paper towels and tampons. Both are designed with packaging that promises “disposable” yet takes time for the process to actually occur.

One may not seem like a big deal. Yet in urban areas, one turns into many very quickly, and that’s where the problem lies.

Don’t flush doesn’t mean don’t use. Instead, it simply means thinking differently when it comes to disposing. Keep a trash can handy and dispose of all nondispersible items in the trash, not by a flush. It takes very little effort, yet can save you time, money and resources down the road by avoiding a potential problem.

When in doubt, don’t flush it down.

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In our modern day plumbing system, a plumbing vent, or drain waste vent is the part of the system that removes sewage and greywater from the building and regulates air pressure in the pipes to facilitate flow. All fixtures and appliances must contain a trap to prevent sewer gases from leaking back into the house. Through this trap, the toilet is connected to the waste line, which in turn is connected to a soil vent pipe. At the building’s lowest point, the drain waste vent is attached, and rises inside the wall to and out of the roof. The waste is removed from the building through the drain and out through the sewer line.

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The venting system consists of pipes leading from waste pipes to the outdoors usually through the roof. Vents provide a means to release sewer gases outside instead of inside the house. Vents also provide a way of equalizing the pressure on both sides of the trap, thereby allowing the trap to hold water, which is needed to maintain the effectiveness of the trap.

Without the help of plumbing vents, water and waste would not move properly through the pipes of your home. Venting helps maintain neutral air pressure within the drains, and as a result, allows gravity to successfully pull the water and waste through the pipes and drains.

Your pipes exist in one of two formats. If water is not flowing through them, the pipe is able to maintain neutral air pressure compared to its surrounding atmosphere. Once waste water begins to move, however, the air downstream begins compressing. This creates positive pressure in the pipe. The air upstream pulls like a vacuum, which pulls back on the waste.

Positive pressure in the pipes must be released. Air flow comes in behind the waste stream, pushing it forward. The volume of waste determines how much pushing or suctioning occurs.

According to building codes, every appliance in your home must have a trap. In addition, every fixture must also have a vent.

These vents must be placed somewhere within a five foot radius of your appliance. Therefore you will have a vent within a five foot radius of such items as your sinks, your toilets, your bathtub and your shower.

It is common for a plumbing vent to become blocked. Ice build up can occur in the winter, or even the body of a dead animal if it gets caught looking for warmth or a home. And if its old, it can soften and begin breaking down with age.

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Picture this. It’s a torrential downpour once again here in Colorado. Unfortunately, its been repeating the afternoon downpour for several days in a row. Your system simply can’t handle any more. So this new burst of rainwater overwhelms your home’s sewer system or your sump pump. You come home in the evening to raw sewage seeping up through your drains into your toilets, tubs, and even flooding your basement.

Its one of the worst nightmares a homeowner can face. This situation can easily run into the thousands of dollars for repair, impacting your floors, walls, furniture, personal items, structure, and even your health.are you covered for sewer backups Are You Covered For Sewer Backups?

Not to worry. A quick call to your insurance agent will get the ball rolling. You’ll be back to normal before you know it.

Or will you?

Many homeowners facing this very situation often find themselves in a bad position. In many cases, a sewer system backup is not covered under the standard homeowners insurance policy, and are not covered by flood insurance. Which means as a homeowner, you are now responsible for the entire clean up process all on your own.

Start by giving your insurance company a call today and see if you are covered if the above event happened to you. Its more common than you think here in Colorado – we see it happen every summer when the rains set in.

Now lets talk about your sewer line.

Most homeowners don’t realize they are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the main sewer line – the pipe that runs from your house to the municipality’s sewer main usually located under the street. If any of that breaks, cracks, leaks, collapses, or deteriorates enough to cause problems, you are responsible for the repair.

The most common things that affect a sewer line are:

Aging sewer systems – more than half of our nations sewer lines are over 30 years old. Your system is more at risk the longer your subdivision has been in existence.

Combined pipelines – newer systems combine the sewage and drainage systems for storm water into the same line. During intense storms, these can quickly become overfilled, backing up into low lying areas, including your basement.

Landscaping – those big trees and bushes you love can always be the root of the problem. Shrubs and tree roots search for water, and the sewage line may be the perfect target.

Blockage – if a main is blocked by some outside force, it will cause the system behind it to backup too. If yours is in the path, it can quickly become your problem.

To prevent sewer line backups:

  • Dispose of grease, garbage, and other substances in the trash rather than your garbage disposal.
  • Use appropriate paper products – flushable wipes, paper towels, diapers, and feminine products should never be flushed.
  • Audit your pipes on a regular basis to look for problems that are in the beginning phase.
  • Install a backwater prevention valve. They can be installed into a sewer line in the basement of your home to prevent sewer backups.
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When you hear the word plumbing, chances are you think of the internal water system working throughout your home. But in reality, plumbing is a whole lot more.

The entire water system – from drinking water to waste water – is an intricate system that gives us our modern day society. Pipes? Water mains? Sewer systems? Sewage treatment plants? Yes, the entire process is built to control millions of gallons of water and waste every day.the plumbing system beyond your home The Plumbing System – Beyond Your Home

Along the way we add chemicals at every single stage of the process to create an ecosystem that allows us to live in a healthy way. Or in some cases, maybe a not so healthy way. We add chlorine to disinfect our water supply. When people dump antibiotics down the toilet, it impacts what we drink. Metals may be throughout the system both protecting the pipes and in some cases eating away at the design.

And of course it also comes down to the sewage treatment plants and the bacteria that is formed to break down our waste and keep the entire process running day in and day out.

Our current system was designed and created decades ago. While we update and fix things along the way, we’re also reaching a turning point in our current modern day systems.

Think of our sewage pipes as the veins of our cities; the drinking water pipes are the arteries. To have a complete system, both must be kept at optimal levels all the time. Yet both are currently in trouble.

Because of age, the sewage pipes are currently experiencing an unanticipated level of corrosion. And its mainly because of bacteria in the system.

One set of microbes in the system emits hydrogen sulfide, the gas that gives raw sewage its unpleasant smell. This gas fills the empty space between the pipe and the water flow.

Another set of microbes lives in the headspace and turns the hydrogen sulfide into sulfuric acid, which eats away at the concrete and produces a powdery material called gypsum – similar to what you would find in drywall.

As this occurs over time, the pipes get weaker and weaker – think of wet drywall throughout the system.

This is what is currently happening throughout our systems. And its something that is currently being addressed right now.

Many solutions are being used and tested right here in the communities we live in. One solution involves replacing all pipes with a plastic alternative. One solution is a new type of concrete that can be sprayed on the inside of existing pipes, introducing small amounts of charcoal and bacteria killing metals into the system. Think of it as introducing good bacteria into the system to counter the bad acting bacteria, neutralizing they process.

In either case, it is something we need to take seriously as we enter the coming years. We can’t continue to fool ourselves into thinking our drinking water is sterile. It has its problems and if we don’t do things now to prevent further disruption, it could be a problem each of us has to deal with in our homes in the very near future.

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One of the most important aspects of home maintenance, yet oftentimes overlooked, are sewer lines. Clogged sewer lines can lead to major repairs that can be extremely inconvenient and expensive. At its very early symptoms, find out if your sewer is clogged to avoid damage and repair costs. Here are a few tips on how to determine a clogged sewer:is your sewer clogged Is Your Sewer Clogged?

Plumbing facilities within the house such as faucets, drains, pipes, toilets, and tubs that are not functioning properly are clear signs that your main sewer line may be clogged. Observe how water drains in the bathroom sink. Run the faucet a few minutes and observe if water drain down smoothly. If water backs up from the sink hole or if water drains quite slowly, then it may be an indication of a clogged sewer.

A clear indication that the main sewer line of your house is clogged is when several plumbing features are not working properly. For instance, the bathtub draining slowly or the kitchen sink clogging up could be signs that the main sewer line is not working properly.

Another sign that the sewer is clogged is when water backs up in other plumbing facilities when you flush the toilet. For instance, water backing up in the shower drain or bathtub drain when flushing the toilet could mean that the sewer is clogged.

Drains that are installed in the ground may also have leaks or may be broken causing water to back up in indoor plumbing facilities. Determining where the sewer line is installed outside the house and investigating whether there are trees, obstructions, or leaks near the sewer line can help you determine a broken sewer line that needs repair. Broken sewer lines can also be determined if you observed a strange or foul odor coming from plumbing facilities inside and outside of the home.

Knowing how to tell if a sewer is clogged adds convenience to maintaining and running a household, it can also save plenty of time and money once these symptoms are detected earlier on.

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When you are faced with serious sewer problems, your first step should be to contact a professional plumber. He will be able to tell you exactly what the problem is, as well as the solutions. There are many reasons why your sewer system could need repairs that go beyond plunging and snaking.

  • A severe build-up of grease or a foreign object that causes such an obstruction that waste cannot flow.
  • A section of pipe that has sunk lower than the rest of the pipe, creating a “belly” where waste collects until the pipe is obstructed.
  • Cracked, broken, and/or collapsed pipe due to age, freezing ground temperatures, etc.
  • Leaking pipes that allow waste water to escape the pipe and leach into the ground.
  • Complete obstruction by large tree roots.

does sewer repair mean digging up my lawn Does Sewer Repair Mean Digging Up My Lawn?If your sewer system has one or more of these problems, you may be pulling your hair out in frustration at the thought of digging up your lawn. No one wants to deal with that hassle – and the resulting mess!

The fact is that you have two options for major sewer repairs. The first is, of course, digging up your lawn and the area of pipe that needs replaced. A backhoe is used to dig up the trench, the pipe is repaired, and the backhoe is used again to fill in the trench. It falls on your shoulders to replace the sod to make your lawn look beautiful again.

The second option is known as trenchless repair. This method involves much less damage to your lawn. Access points at the two ends of the damaged area are created. Through these access points, new pipe is pulled through the existing, old pipe. As the new pipe is pulled through, it causes the old pipe to burst. The new pipe is attached to the rest of the sewer system, the access holes are filled back in, and you still have your beautiful lawn.

Your professional plumber will help you choose the best method for your particular sewer problem.

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Toilet Paper Advice For A Healthy Plumbing System Toilet Paper Advice For A Healthy Plumbing System

When you flush your toilet, you expect it to work properly. The last thing you want to see is the water rising and overflowing.

However, clogged toilets happen all the time – and they often happen because of a clog formed by toilet paper. Using the wrong kind of toilet paper can be harmful to your plumbing, especially if you have a septic tank. It can lead to clogged pipes, which result in big messes for you to clean. Keep the following tips in mind when choosing toilet paper.

Thick and soft toilet paper may be better for you, but it is not better for your plumbing. The thicker and softer the paper is, the harder it is for it to break down. Over time, thick, soft toilet paper can lead to a big clog. Read more

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Sewer Inspection Before You Buy A Home Sewer Inspection Before You Buy A Home

Buying a home is a huge endeavor. Not only must you acquire financing for your home, you must make sure the house you want passes various inspections. When it comes to inspections, you may think that having the roof, foundation and basic plumbing is enough – it is not enough. One important aspect that potential homeowners often neglect to inspect is the sewer.

The sewer is a vital part of any home. It is the system through which all wastewater exits your home’s plumbing system. If the sewer of a home fails in any way, it can quickly become a disastrous and expensive situation. In some cases, sewer pipes wind up having to be excavated from the ground and replaced. Before you ever purchase a home, make sure you hire a professional to come in and inspect the sewer. Read more

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