It isn’t pretty or trendy but without it your home isn’t going to be terribly enjoyable. The main drain serving your home is a vital component of the entire plumbing system and if it gets compromised, things can get messy in a big hurry.
How do you know something is wrong with your main drain? Perhaps water in the sink has begun to drain more slowly. Are similar symptoms evident in more than one area of your home or business? Is there a funny smell?
There could be an issue somewhere in the drainage system and if it’s in the main drain it will affect all plumbing fixtures. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on inside your drain, it may be time to find out. Having it cleaned could prevent a future plumbing emergency.
Various businesses utilize video technology for websites, social media, training, security, and the medical profession uses video cameras to help with tests, diagnostics and as a surgical tool.
Plumbers can also use a video camera to find out what’s going on inside the main drainpipe. It’s a less invasive approach to diagnosing and fixing problems than ripping into walls and digging up buried pipes.
Plumbtech has a drain camera, complete with a light, that is attached to a cable specifically designed to go into the main drain and the attached camera sends a video picture of its journey back to the plumber who can follow it on a monitor. Whatever the issue, it will show up on the screen. The plumber can also locate where the problem is in the pipe, as well as its depth.
A main drain blockage could be the result of several things including collapsed or separated pipe sections or roots growing into compromised pipe. Roots are attracted to the water and nutrients found in a sanitary drain.
But if drain machines can’t correct the problem, Plumbtech can arrange for excavation contracting and/or the replacement of water service lines, sewer and storm drains if necessary.
Clogged drains, particularly repeat offenders, are most often the result of a buildup of food, grease, hair, toilet paper or other items you may think are flushable but are not. It’s best to keep ‘garbage’ where it belongs and it’s not down the toilet. Some examples include tissues, wipes, napkins, diapers, cat litter, and hygiene products. Remember, regardless of what the package says, there is no such thing as a “flushable” wipe.
Also, be careful of what goes down the kitchen sink. Grease, for example, is liquid at warmer temperatures but can solidify when it cools and block the drainpipe, sometimes so badly that no amount of flushing will clear it. The only option then is to cut the pipe section out and replace it.
For a complete picture of your drainage system and to schedule a regular drain cleaning call Plumbtech Plumbing at 705-722-7209.