Clogged Drains, Sewer Smells, And Venting Issues


bad drain 1  (2).jpg    CLOGGED OR SLOW RUNNING DRAINS 
    Bathroom sink draining slow? Might be a hair/debris build-up in the pop-up assembly or may be a more serious situation. The older your home is/gets, the more likely you are to run into drains clogging and backing up. Majority of the time, these issues can be resolved with a simple drain auger performed by your preferred plumber. Unfortunantly, not all clogs are easily resolved with an auger, especially if your home is old enough to have cast iron and galvonized drains. Cast iron and galvonized drains are notorious for slowly building up debris that hardens like cement and once the drain is closed off, its almost impossible to restore flow to these drains. If the drains are able to be opened, in this situation, it is usually for a short period of time. These situations often call for a much more permanent solution, involving replacement of that drain. 

    Sewer smells can range from a minor nuisance, to an over-whelming, nauseating, and potentially dangerous situation. Most sewer smells occur due to improper installation of a fixture, or cracks in existing plumbing drains or vents. They can be somewhat quick and simple to diagnose and resolve, but some require hours of inspection and testing to accuratly pin-point the cause and source of the smell. The most common sewer smell encountered is caused by a dried out p trap, usually caused by going long periods of time without use of a fixture, most commonly floor drains. If you have or think you may have a sewer smell in your house, don't take it lightly, check the basics first, and call us for help and advise when you need it.