Winnetka, IL Sewer & Drain Services

If you’ve never faced a sewer backup in your Winnetka, IL home, you most definitely want to keep it that way with regular maintenance and timely repairs. Sewer backups can be messy and unsanitary and lead to significant repair costs.

If you experience any issues with your home’s sewer or drain lines, the licensed plumbers at Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric are here to help. We provide a full range of sewer and drain services including sewer and drain maintenance, sewer camera inspection, sewer rodding, and sewer excavation service. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What Are the Main Causes of Sewer Backups?

Many sewer backups are preventable if homeowners take a few appropriate actions, including avoiding pouring certain items down drains or flushing them down toilets. Some of the most common causes of sewer backups include:

  • Clogged Pipes. Plumbing pipes can become clogged over time due to soap scum, hair, and putting the wrong items down the drains, including oil, fat, grease, coffee grounds, eggshells, and more.
  • Flushing the Wrong Items Down the Toilet. Flushing personal hygiene items, diapers, paper towels, dental floss and more can quickly lead to a sewer backup.
  • Tree Roots. Because tree roots are drawn to moisture and the nutrients in sewage, they will grow toward the main sewer line and can eventually puncture the line, leading to a sewer backup.
  • Cracks and Breaks in the Pipes. Sewer lines are built to last, but over time they can deteriorate, leading to breaks that cause sewer backups. Improper installation, neglecting regular maintenance, and soil shifting can also cause sewer line cracks.

Sewer Services from Ravinia Plumbing

Ravinia Plumbing offers the following sewer and drain services for homeowners in Winnetka, IL:

Sewer Video Inspection

A sewer video inspection is a highly effective method of pinpointing any issues with your home’s sewer line. During a sewer video inspection, a video camera is attached to the end of a semi-rigid rod. The cable is pushed through the sewer line until it reaches the problem area of the pipe. A plumber can use the images from the video to view the problem and develop an appropriate action plan. Sewer video inspections take the guesswork out of locating the problem area above ground.

Sewer Rodding

Sewer rodding is a proven method of removing clogs from your plumbing and sewer system. During sewer rodding, a plumber uses a rod or other type of tool that is inserted into the pipe and blasts through the clog. Sewer rodding and our high-pressure jetting equipment are ideal for slow-draining sinks; sewer backups in tubs, floor drains, toilets or sinks; and eliminating unpleasant odors from drains.

Sewer Excavation

Sewer excavation is used for more severe sewer issues where a section of pipe must be located to make a repair or replacement. During a sewer excavation service, a plumber will use the findings from the sewer video camera to dig up the soil above the failed pipe. Once the pipe is exposed, a repair or replacement can be made. Sewer excavation is a common technique for broken sewer pipes, replacing old sewer lines, and repairing poor sewer line installation.

Sewer Ejector Pumps

If you have a bathroom or water-using appliances in the basement or lower level of your home, you need a sewer ejector pump to elevate the water upward toward the main sewer line so the sewage flows properly out of the home. If your sewer ejector pump is older than 10 years, it may be time to consider replacing it. Ravinia Plumbing can also maintain and repair sewer ejector pumps.

The Importance of Sewer and Drain Maintenance

It’s important to have your drains and sewer line regularly maintained to keep your drains flowing fast and free. Consider having your kitchen drain cleaned annually to prevent blockages and clogs. Your sewer lines, meanwhile, should be inspected and cleaned about once each year as well. During sewer maintenance, a plumber will perform a video sewer inspection to check for any issues. This maintenance can prevent future clogs from occurring that can lead to expensive repairs or even damage to your home.

Ravinia Plumbing carries a wide range of drain-treatment products for efficient drain cleaning. Unlike harsh store-bought chemicals, our products will not harm your piping or the environment.

Contact Ravinia Plumbing for Sewer and Drain Services

Whether you’re looking for sewer and drain maintenance service or you have a full-fledged sewer backup on your hands, Ravinia Plumbing is here to help with our sewer and drain services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.