Monthly Archives: April 2011

Visual Inspection of Blocked Drains

When a homeowner is experiencing a drainage problem, it can be difficult to determine exactly what is causing the blockage and where in the drain system the blockage is occurring. The best solution for finding the answers to these questions is to look inside the drainage pipes themselves. So how do you do that without digging up the pipes? Camera inspection is the answer.

Using a camera to go down inside the drain pipe and show you exactly what the problem is and where it is located, has become a common practice with today’s video technology. The camera can show you if roots have invaded the drainage system and whether it is a mesh of small roots of one large one that is creating the problem. The camera can also provide an interior inspection of the drainage pipes themselves to look for cracks or breakage.

Being able see exactly what the problem is and where it is located in the line can save the homeowner a lot of time and unnecessary expense. A visual report eliminates guesswork on the part of your contractor. They can bid your project with confidence regarding the amount of work that will be needed to be performed, a very good thing for both you and them.

Drainage Problems?

Are your bathroom fixtures draining slower all the time? Are you having trouble with your toilets flushing properly? This may be an indication of a clogged drainage system. And if, the problem is evident through several different drains, the problem may be located in the drainage system between your house and the septic or sewer system.

To determine if the problem is in the internal pipes or the exterior drainage system, you may want to utilize ordinary drain clearing methods such as retail chemical drain cleaners to see if this alleviates the problem. Occasionally, these treatments will alleviate the problem completely, at other times they only provide a temporary improvement in the situation.

If ordinary drain cleaning methods don’t resolve, or only temporarily resolve the problem, you may have root growth in your underground drain lines. This can be a very serious issue that could result in a backup of sewage into the home. Determining whether root growth is the problem, and addressing that problem, should be handled by a professional who has the proper tools and equipment to accomplish the task.

If you suspect that you may have a drainage issue with your plumbing system, don’t wait until sewage actually begins to back up. Have the problem taken care of before it gets to that point. Call us at Derksen Plumbing. We’d be glad to assess the problem and recommend the best solution.

Four Common Causes of Blocked Drains

When your main drain from the house to the septic or sewer becomes blocked, the cause is usually one or more of these four items. Most of them are preventable, to a certain degree.

1. Accidental Damage – Damage to the drain pipes located in the ground can happen in a number of ways. Occasionally, the damage might actually occur during the backfilling of the home. What may have been simply a hairline crack at the time, can develop into a leak over time, which can cause solids to build up in the drainage pipe. Other times, the damage can occur because of a person is unaware of the location of the drainage pipe when digging to install a fence posts or plant trees.

2. Tree Roots – This is one of the most common causes for blocked drains. Tree roots can manage to push their way into pipes through the smallest of crevices. Once inside, the roots continue to grow and create a obstacle or collecting point for solids and fats. Root barriers installed around couplings can be helpful in preventing this problem.

3. Grease and Fats – These two elements are the most common cause of blocked drains from the kitchen. They have a tendency to build up along the walls of pipes, narrowing the flow way. Even when they are effectively washed through the internal piping with hot water, they can still assist in building onto a blockage that was begun by roots or other objects in the underground drainage system.

4. Undissolvable items – This is probably the most preventable of all the blockage causes. These blockages are caused by items being flushed, intentionally or non-intentionally, down toilets that do not dissolve. These objects range from the innocent toys of a child to sanitary napkins and disposable diapers.

Regardless of the cause, the best solution to having blocked drains properly cleaned and repaired, is to engage the services of a professional.