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A Winter Concern for Your Sewer

This winter has been a doozy. And, though spring is only a few months away, it is still important to consider a major winter issue that could potentially affect your sewer and cause the need for sewer repair. During the cold winter months and into spring as the temperatures fluctuate, we here at All Ways Drains are often called to help clear ice that has accumulated in or near sewers and to fix frozen sewers. Storm sewers tend to have a problem with snow melting and refreezing in storm drains due to the ground being so cold. And, as experts in sewer repair for Roseville, we have seen plenty of iced over sewer pipes. So we thought we would offer some insight on what to look out for, how we help fix this problem and some sewer repair solutions we can offer.

After the snow begins to melt but the ground near the drains is still cold enough to freeze, it is important to call in the sewer repair experts. Ice can can cause sewers to freeze, pipes to freeze and sewer lines to back up. This can lead to flooding and other sewer issues. A frozen sewer line, or a sewer trap is not typically a common occurrence. But when it does occur, it can close down a drain system and cause a major inconvenience. We all know that when water freezes, it expands in volume. When water freezes in the pipe, it expands and either causes damage to your plumbing system, or a stoppage.

So how can you avoid this issue in the future and avoid a call to a sewer repair professional like us? One of the most effective methods to prevent a freezing pipe is to use insulation as the first line of defense against low temperature, and pipes exposed to drafts. Keep an eye on it and make sure you keep it as clear as possible.

When you call us for our sewer repair services, All Ways Drains will come to your business or home and take care of the problem for you. We use several different techniques to insulate and repair your sewer so it doesn’t happen again. The techniques we use depends on the severity of the problem, as well as a few other factors.

If you need trusted and reliable sewer repair in Roseville and the surrounding areas, call us at All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate on our sewer repair services.

Ask a Plumber: What are the Most Common Symptoms of a Clogged Drain?

Nobody likes to experience a clogged drain. And usually, by the time they draw attention, they’ve already grown out of control. Before a clogged drain gets to the point where it requires professional drain cleaning, it will usually give a few tell-tale signs. As experts in drain cleaning for Minneapolis, we’ve put together some of the symptoms to look out for, what they may mean, as well as some solutions you can try. And, if your clogged drain turns out to be something that requires professional drain cleaning, contact the expert plumbers here at All Ways Drains.

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Have you noticed a powerful odor near a clogged sink, shower, toilet or tub?

Chances are you have a clogged drain or pipe. Try these drain cleaning cures.

Sinks not in use could be allowing water in trap to evaporate, try adding more water. Clear the clog harboring likely bacteria, kill bacteria by adding bleach to the drain. Your toilet may be gapped between it and its wax ring, replace wax ring. It could also be vent line deterioration or separation ‘piping’ sewer gas into house. Call in the professionals in drain cleaning to be sure.

Is just one toilet or drain clogged in the home?

It could be that item’s piping.

Use drain cleaner and other basic drain cleaning techniques to unclog. If the clog doesn’t budge, the piping may require professional drain cleaning.

Are one or more toilet, sink or tub clogged in the same area of the house, but remaining drains are fully functional?

Possibly a branch drain or vent line is clogged and requires clearing.

Try a drain snake or pressure device like water jetting. Chemicals typically are not effective in these cases. If you are uncomfortable using these, contact drain cleaning experts for assistance.

Are one or more toilet, sink or tub clogged in different areas of the house?

The main sewer drain running from the house may have a blockage.

A drain snake or pressure device may be needed. Tree roots or a damaged sewer pipe are a distinct possibility; a plumbing professional may need to be called. Should you possess a septic system, it may need to be pumped out. Call drain cleaning experts in this instance.

Are you interested in getting more information on drain cleaning in Minneapolis or any of the surrounding areas? Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.

Thank You and Happy Holidays from All Ways Drains

With the end of 2017 almost here, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful clients for their support. For more than 15 years, we have been serving the Twin Cities area with plumbing and drain cleaning services. We are thankful for another year in business, and it is only because of the support and patronage from so many of you!

As this year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for choosing All Ways Drains, whether as a new or returning customer. We hope you will trust us with all your future plumbing needs!

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Ho Ho Hold Off Emergency Plumbing Repair with these Quick & Easy Tips

The holidays have arrived! Will you be enjoying the company of many family and friends this year? Will you be hosting the holiday dinner? Will guests be staying overnight? With all of the cooking and washing and showering (not to mention flushing!), the holidays can put quite a bit of stress on your plumbing. Many homeowners end up finding themselves with the need for an emergency plumber during the holidays and it couldn’t happen at a worse time! No one wants to be without functioning plumbing when a dozen guests are arriving for a festive evening. So, as an emergency plumber in St Paul, we’ve come up with a few tips to help you avoid the need to call. But, keep in mind that if your plumbing does require an emergency plumber, we are here to help!

Avoid Clogged Drains

Emergency Plumber in St PaulDrains and pipes can handle a lot. But, many materials can really wreak havoc on them. Flushing or forcing materials down any drain can cause a clogged drain. Here is just a short list of the top foods that that really stop up your drain:

  • Egg shells
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Grease
  • Potato skins
  • Banana peels
  • Celery
  • Coffee grounds

And, these are just the foods that don’t agree with piping. Here is a list of other items you should NEVER put down the drain or toilet:

  • Baby wipes, napkins, feminine products
  • Glue
  • Kitty litter
  • Gum
  • Cotton balls and other cotton products
  • And more

Avoid Frozen Pipes

Pipes that are most susceptible to freezing are those that are exposed to severe cold. For example, outdoor house bibs and water supply pipes in unheated interiors like basements, attics, garages and crawl spaces are most at-risk. Also, pipes that run against your exterior walls with little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

There are a few things you can do for your plumbing and pipes this holiday season. Another great tip is, after doing the dishes or preparing dinner, run hot water in your kitchen sink to make sure your drain is totally clear. You can also pour a half cup of baking soda followed by a half cup of vinegar every couple of days to keep them clear.

If you do find yourself in need of an emergency plumber in St Paul, call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or contact us to get a Free Estimate.

In Hot Water: In Need of a Water Heater Replacement?

Water heaters are built to last quite a while, and deal with a lot of demand over the years. But eventually every water heater needs to be replaced. Is it time to take a look at your old water heater? Before the temperature drops and your dependence on a consistent supply of hot water increases, you should evaluate the health of your hot water heater. It is possible you may even require water heater replacement.

Whether you need repair or replacement, you should give All Ways Drains a call. We can come out to your home, inspect your water heater and let you know what repairs you need or set up a water heater replacement. Your water heater is important to the comfort level of your home, so don’t let it go unchecked! Sooner or later, you’re going to have to have the system replaced. And, the beginning of winter is not a bad time to do it because for the next few months you’ll probably be putting a bit more demand on it than usual.

Water Heater Replacement MinneapolisSo, don’t hesitate any longer; contact the experts at All Ways Drains! We are the experts in water heater replacement for Minneapolis and can also provide any repairs your water heater requires. But, what deems a replacement necessary? What are the causes for water heater replacement? Here are a few:

Old Age
If you want your water heater to be as efficient as possible, you should have a water heater replacement every 10-15 years. You can keep one functioning for a while after that point, but it you will be spending more money than is necessary.

Frequent Repairs
Water heaters need repairs from time to time, just like any other system. Those repairs should be spaced out over years, however. If you need to repair your water heater every few months, it’s probably an indication that the system could use a replacement.

Poor Efficiency
As a system gets older it will wear down to the point that it starts to lose efficiency. If your water heater is having trouble coping with even a moderate amount of demand, it is time to schedule a water heater replacement.

Unsure if you’re experiencing any of these issues or don’t know what kind of water heater replacement you need? We are here to help! We can come out to your home to inspect your heater and perform necessary repairs or recommend a water heater replacement designed specifically for your household’s needs.

Interested in learning more about water heater replacement for your Minneapolis area home? Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.