You’ve probably heard the saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s true whether referring to your vehicle, HVAC system, or home plumbing system.
Out of sight and out of mind, your home’s drains and sewer lines are critical in transporting wastewater out of your home and into the municipal sewer system. It’s important not to neglect your home’s sewer system, as sewer problems can lead to messy, time-consuming, and expensive problems.
The best way to avoid these issues is to maintain your drains and sewer lines regularly. The licensed plumbers at Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric can provide high-quality sewer maintenance service and sewer repair and installation at your Highland Park, IL home. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
You can help avoid unsanitary sewer backups and expensive repairs by having your drains and sewer lines cleaned regularly. Maintenance can ensure your drains and sewer system remain in good working order and can catch any minor issues before they lead to larger, more expensive issues.
For internal drains, we recommend annual maintenance to prevent clogs and blockages. Meanwhile, sewer lines should typically be at least once per year. During sewer line maintenance, a plumber will perform a video inspection of the pipes to look for issues such as leaks, blockages and corrosion. They will then use a cable and cutter head to clear away any blockages in the pipes.
Although sewer line problems can appear seemingly out of nowhere, there are some signs to look out for that indicate potential problems. They include:
Are your sinks and tubs backing up or slow to drain? This is the most common sign of a sewer line problem. If multiple sinks or tubs are backing up, you could have a serious issue on your hands, and a licensed plumber should be contacted immediately.
Sewage has a distinct, nasty odor. Although the problem could be related to a toilet issue such as a broken toilet seat or P trap, a foul odor coming from your tub or sink drains often indicates a sewer issue.
Puddles or standing water in the basement can indicate a drain is clogged due to debris, but it’s also a common cause of a sewer system backup. Contact a licensed plumber to identify the cause of the backup so they can make an appropriate repair.
Signs of sewer backups can also be seen outside. If there’s a small section of your yard that’s greener or lusher than the rest, your main sewer line may have a leak. The grass in these areas is lusher because of the extra moisture and nutrients it’s receiving from the sewage leak.
Ravinia Plumbing provides a variety of high-quality sewer line services in Highland Park, IL including:
During a sewer video inspection, a plumber inserts a camera head, which is pushed through the pipe. The bright lights on the camera allow the plumber to see every part of the pipe and locate the clog or problem area. Based on the images, the plumber can develop a plan of action for fixing the problem.
Sewer rodding consists of inserting a flexible rod, tool, chemicals, or water into the sewer to clear out any clogs. Sewer rodding is an ideal solution for slow-draining sinks and tubs; sewer backup in toilets, tubs, floor drains and sinks; and unpleasant odors emanating from the drains.
Sewer excavation service is a more involved process that consists of using earth-moving equipment to dig up an area of your yard to locate and repair the compromised section of the sewer line. Sewer excavation is commonly performed for old and outdated sewer lines, broken sewer pipes and poor sewer line installation.
Ravinia Plumbing can handle all your home’s sewer ejector pump maintenance, repairs and installations.
At Ravinia Plumbing, we can keep your drains and sewer lines open and flowing so you don’t ever have to worry about a messy, expensive issue on your hands. Contact us today for sewer and drain line maintenance, repair or installation service in Highland Park, IL.
“The service technician who comes to the house is always very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. I appreciate that the same technician comes to our home for our semi-annual maintenance checks.”
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