|Name||License No||Phone No|
|Cropp Metcalfe||PC10 00456||301-232-1492|
|Len The Plumber||PC1000908||301-202-3439|
|James Vito, Inc.||PC437||301-242-5373|
|James A. Wheat & Sons||PC798||301-591-8689|
As drains and sewers typically rely solely on gravity to remove water and waste, clogging is a common problem. Sewer lines are also vulnerable to damage caused by corrosion, shifting soil, and tree roots. Correcting these types of problems may require the help of a sewer and drainage specialist.
Understanding Your Drain System
The drain for every fixture –sink, toilet, etc. – is connected by a branch drain line to the main waste and vent stack leading to the main sewer line, typically located near the lowest point of the house. Vent pipes also lead to the main waste and vent stack, which is vented at the roof. Venting allows sewer gases to escape and regulates air pressure to keep fluids flowing smoothly.
Grease, hair, food, and foreign objects are the most typical clogging gremlins. Homeowners can use strainers over their drains and avoid the disposal of grease or large items via the drain to avoid such clogs. Over time, chronic mineral buildup precipitated by hard water, known as limescale, can also obstruct drainage and speed the corrosion process. In areas with hard water, the primary limescale deterrent is a water softener.
Despite preventative measures, recurring clogs – due to improperly installed pipes with sharp, 90-degree turns in the drain system; pipes that are not sufficiently sloped downward; or poor ventilation – can still occur. In these cases, a drain specialist can also check for congenital issues.
Plungers and chemical drain cleaners are often effective for unclogging fixture drains, but homeowners should be aware of the warnings. The suction caused by plungers can damage seals causing leaks, while chemical drain cleaners are corrosive and can impair pipes. Clogs in the branch drains and main waste vent stacks can be accessed from one of the system’s cleanout points.Many homeowners prefer to hire a plumber to handle the job, however, as there is potential for backed-up waste to come rushing out.Professional plumbers are armed not only with experience and knowledge, but several specialized tools, including augers and drain rods – long, flexible tools that can reach and dislodge clogs in those hard to reach places.