20+ years in the business

We hold ourselves to high standards. Your property is important to you, and we treat it with the utmost care and forward thinking. The same goes for relationships. Much of the work we do comes to us because customers recognize a job mindfully done, and they tell a friend. As a token of appreciation, please enjoy these bits of advice and engage with us. The only dumb question is the one that's never asked.

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Q: Does my house have a sewer clean-out?

By Curious Carl 5 June 2016

A: If your home was built 1973 and newer it is code to have a cleanout 18 inches off the foundation leaving the building usually where the water service comes into the building.

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Q: Why are my toilets gurgling?

By Eddie Murphy 4 JMay 2010

A: If your toilet bubbles or gurgles when running water from another drain, then your sewer main or vent line is plugged. Or if your house or business has a septic tank, it may be full.

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Q: How do my drain lines work?

By a RE investor 13 October 2009

A: Your toilet sits on a pipe that is the main. Imagine that it is a trunk on a tree and all of your other drains (sink, tub, and laundry) are branch lines that make their way to the trunk with only that line leaving the building.

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Pro Tip: When Trees Encroach

By Kevin Northen 24 February 2017

If your sewer main is blocked or clogged with tree roots, it's a great idea to have a technician come and snake your sewer line before the root intrusion gets too big. These intrusions cause the integrity of the pipe to weaken, and they can even cause a break that needs to be dug up and repaired, which is far costlier than just snaking. So we will be happy to maintain your sewer main or any drains in your home or business.

It is wise to know exactly where the main drain pipe leaves your home and empties into a sewage tank or town waste disposal. Knowing this location, you'll be able to tell if any trees or roots may be impinging upon the line. When a root grows close to a drain pipe, it tends do two things. First, it grows around the pipe to eventually cause it to crack from the pressure. Next, it tends to penetrate the piping. So, you can prevent the takeover by trimming back trees near drain pipes and intercepting roots you see headed towards them.

We're happy to perform line locating for you. We'll come to the property and map out in plain English the precise locations of your sewer line, your septic tank or any other underground obstacle.

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Q: Doesn't the city maintain sewer lines?

By Your Neighbor 1 July 2012

A: Actually, kind of. Here's some background.

While your community might have adequate drainpipe and sewage systems and maintain them well, there's one area that may have gone unmaintained unless you can confirm otherwise. Cleaning the lateral drainpipe that runs from your house to the street is the homeowner's responsibility. Ensuring that it's clog-free is super important. In order to keep your pipes running in great shape, you need to perform regular jetting, cleaning services and repair.

Yes, paying an expert to perform precautionary sewer and drain cleaning services precautions may cost you some cash, but by doing so you'll guarantee that you will be conserving even more cash in the future.

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Pro Tip: Home Drain Upkeep

By Kevin Northen 31 May 2013

Keeping the drain pipes clear of any clogs is a thankless but easy biannual task that can prevent backups and resulting floor damage. The usual causes of clogs are water deposit buildup, root-damaged pipes, and things like hair and Legos forced down the drain. Keeping them clean means that the waste flows better through the drain and out of your home. Keeping them that way requires some work and a routine.

To keep your drains clean in a natural way, here are a few suggestions.

1) Use vinegar as a cleaner. Simply mix one part white vinegar with five parts of water and pour it down the drain in the spring and fall to prevent biological growth in the pipes.

2) Water softeners continuously keep drain pipes from clogging, but they do require some maintenance. Simply add salt to the filter to keep it clean.

3) Get a small plunger and work your way around the house. Give each of the drains in your home a simple plunging a few times a year and you should have no problems.

4) Filling drains with water can help push food and debris out with water weight. And holding the handle down on your toilet will push more water through, keeping you from plunging as often. However, many newer low-flow toilets provide additional flush pressure to allow you to continue doing what you were doing - saving water.