Sewer Line Installation and Repair

Plumbing contractors provide a wide range of plumbing services to residential, industrial and commercial customers alike.  One of the services is the repair of existing sewer lines, as well of the installation of new sewer lines.  In most cases, the repair or installation of the sewer line, which runs to the structure to the public sewer system, is the responsibility of the homeowner up to the property line.

One of the most common issues that plumbing contractors come across is issues related to the sewer line that services the home or business requiring repairs.  These repairs include blockages as a result of broken or collapsed pipes, root intrusion where pipes have separated, damages from utility or other contractors, pipes that are not back pitched, settled ground around pipes and excessive grease build of in the pipe.   In many cases the damaged section of the pipe can be simply repaired, by replacing the affected area.  The plumber will use a special camera, which is inserted into the pipe, to diagnose the issue.  The camera provides the plumber with a real time view of the inside of the pipe and also helps pinpoint the location, which results in a minimal amount of yard damage related to the repair.

In most cases the installation of a new sewer line is the result of disconnecting a home or a business from a septic system and connecting it to a new public sewer line, which has recently been installed in the area.  While there is a cost of installing the line there are many advantages to connecting to the public sewer system including avoiding yearly septic inspections and service.

Posted on behalf of:
Bynum & Sons Plumbing, Inc.
2120 McDaniels Bridge Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 736-8283

Dealing With Grease, Fats and Oils

Grease, fats, and oils are common household waste products that many people routinely pour down the drain.  However, pouring grease, fats and oils down the drain can lead to clogged drain lines and sewer lines.  A clogged sewer line can cause raw sewage to back up into your home which is not only inconvenient but also unsanitary.

Greases, fats and oils cause clogs by sticking to the walls of your drain lines and sewer lines.  Over time, they can build up into a thick coating that restricts wastewater flow through the pipe.  Other materials such as coffee grounds, gristle, vegetable peels, hair, and debris stick to the greasy layer on the wall of the pipe and eventually build into a nasty clog.

Many homeowners mistakenly use hot water to flush grease, oil and fats down the drain thinking that the hot water will help flush them through the system.  Using hot water can actually make the problem worse because it liquefies the grease, fats and oils and helps them coat the walls of the drain pipe and sewer line as the water cools and the grease, fat and oils solidify.

You can avoid having to call an experienced Orlando plumber for sewer service to clear your clogged sewer lines by following good habits when dealing with grease, fats, and oils.  First, don’t pour grease, fats, or oils down the drain.  Second, scrape food scraps from dishes, pots, pans, and cooking utensils directly into the trash instead of down the garbage disposal.  Finally, liquefied fats, oils and greases should be poured into a storage container like a jar or coffee can and allowed to solidify.  Dispose of solidified grease, fats and oil in the trash or by taking them to your local recycling center.

Sewer Gas Smells In Your Home

If you smell sewer gas smells in your home, you need to find the source of the problem and have it fixed as soon as possible.  Sewer gas is a combination of chemicals that not only smell bad, but are toxic too.  In addition, sewer gas contains methane which is explosive.  This is one repair that you cannot put off.

The good news is that the most common source of sewer gas smells are dried up drain traps (often called P-traps) in your sink, shower, tub, or toilet.  Each drain in your home has a U or P shaped pipe that is designed to hold enough water to fill the bottom of the U shape and stop and gas or odors from backing up into your home.

Your commode has a trap built into the base of the fixture.  If your toilet or sink is not used for some time, the water in the trap can evaporate and allow the sewer gas to escape into your home.  This is particularly common if you have been away on an extended vacation.

If you smell sewer gas, run some water in each drain and flush all of your toilets to see if that solves the problem.  If not, check each of your toilets to see if the wax or rubber seal between the toilet and the drain pipe has been compromised.

Other possible sources of sewer gas smells include clogged vent pipes and damaged drain and sewer lines.  If you cannot locate and repair the source of sewer gas smells, call a local reputable plumber.  Sewer gas is bad for your health and potentially dangerous.