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Occasional Sewer Cleaning Helps Prevent Disaster

A backed-up sewer is a stinky, nasty mess. All Ways Drains are experts at sewer cleaning for your Maplewood and neighboring area’s home. We have run into many backed up sewers that became so due to a lack of even the occasional cleaning, over the years. Encountering raw sewage in your home is amongst the last issues you want to run into. Call on us to have a sewer cleaning set up to prevent such messes from occurring in the first place.

A “clean” sewer line is a vital part of a well-functioning sewer system. If you find that the sewer line leading from your home to a municipal sewer system (or a septic tank) is becoming clogged, you may just end up with a serious mess. Call on the professional at All Ways Drains to perform a sewer cleaning at your home.

Check out these signs that you may be need in need of a sewer cleaning:

Here are 3 signs that it’s time to make that call to our sewer cleaning team:

Clogged drains:

One lone backed-up drain is a possible indicator that you may have a clog in your drainpipe. A plunger may fix this issue on occasion, but is a worthwhile to pursuit to call in a professional plumber to take a look and—if needed—perform a sewer cleaning. If your clogged or slow drains are happening throughout your home, you should take it as a warning that there is a looming disaster from the sewer line. Pay attention to drain clogs that start on the first floor of your home or in the basement, they can be looked upon as sewer line issues more so than clogs or slowness occurring in drains on second or higher floors.

Foul Odors:

A stinky drain can is often fixed by simply running water down it or restoring the water plug in the trap. Should this not solve the odor issues—and especially if the problem begins to emerge over multiple drains, sewage is quite likely backing up in your pipes. A sewer cleaning will prevent disaster.

Water spots:

Sewage back-up evidence will emerge from the lowest levels of your home first. If you begin to see water spots appearing around drains in the basement, or nasty odors, call in a professional for a sewer cleaning.

Have your sewer line looked at today. If build-up is occurring, you will most certainly want to consider a sewer cleaning. All Ways Drains offers 24/7–365 emergency services, so we can come to your home quickly to check the problem and figure out what is causing your sewer issues.

Do you need more information about sewer cleaning in Maplewood? Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

Call on a Plumber For Sump Pump Issues

Ground water often finds its way into a house’s lower level, requiring the need for a sump pump. It is far beyond aggravating and destructive, it is an absolute nuisance. Many homeowners face this dilemma. Back-ups involving the mucky stuff that one never really wants to encounter are very real. The plumbers at All Ways Drains can help you with any and all sump pump problems, providing repair or replacement services. We offer the following tips to help you in your effort to make sump pump issues a thing of the past:

Inside of your house:

  • Be sure to have a back-up battery for your sump pump
  • Implement a sewer backflow check valve, especially if sewage has ever backed up through your floor drain
  • Perform annual maintenance checks to make sure your sump pump is working by following these steps:
    • Remove cover from sump pump pit
    • Ensure drain hose is properly connected
    • Pour water into the pit, slowly
    • Fill the pit until float rises high enough for pump to be activated
    • If these steps do not get the sump pump working, call in a plumber

Outside of your house:

  • Place covers over window wells
  • Ensure proper drainage occurs moving flow away from the foundation of the home
  • If trees are growing anywhere near the foundation of your home, remove them as roots can crack the foundation walls allowing water to enter
  • Install and ensure gutters and downspouts – keep them clean, fully functional
  • If not properly working, install downspout extensions if water from the downspout collects near the foundation

You may have some very valid concerns regarding the potential failure of your sump pump, whether you are home or away. Look into municipal water powered back-up sump pump options as well as back-up sump pumps attached to batteries. The battery option can be worrisome as batteries do lose their juice.

Should water be collecting in your lower level, in lower lying areas of your property, or if you need to force away sewage water, we will be happy to help you with sump pump repairs or installation. This is a specialized field that requires knowledge of pump ratings and the requirements of proper installation. Call us with your questions, and we’ll be happy to provide you with more information.

Need a plumber for your Twin Cities home? Contact All Ways Drains today at 612-922-9422 or Contact Us.

You May Need a Residential Plumber

If you find yourself dealing with a plumbing problem, trying to fix the issue on your own is sometimes a risky choice. Some situations call for immediate attention from a plumber. At All Ways Drains, we have a residential plumber for your Coon Rapids area home always at the ready for the worst your system can dole out.

One of the more popular types of issues that call for the assistance of a residential plumber is a broken pipe. Often causing a lot of damage and costing a good bit of your hard earned money, below lie ten signs to watch for that may be indicative of a broken pipe. You may just have to call in a residential plumber:

Backups– If you have any drains that frequently are backed up, then you either have a broken pipe or blocked sewer line.

Bad Water Quality– Contaminated water, a funky odor to the water or if it is no longer clear visually shows that your pipes may be deteriorating. The pipes may not have broken or burst yet, but that may be right around the corner.

Banging Sounds–Keep an ear open for banging or clanking sounds emanating from your pipes. If you hear such, your problem could be that there are loose parts in and around or involving the pipes.

Bubbling Water–Sometimes a visual experience, this is more one to look out for with your ears. Bubbling noises when using the faucet or after you flush your toilet is often indicative of a broken pipe.

Clogging– If those drains and toilets clog a lot more often than they should (or ever did before), you may have a broken pipe. Sometimes it could point to a bigger problem, to the sewer line itself, which, depending on the location of the issue is either yours or your municipality’s to fix. A residential plumber can help solve the mystery.

Increasing Water Bill– If your water using habits have not changed but your water bill becomes consistently higher than normal, you may have a broken pipe.

No or Low Water Pressure– No water at all, no brainer, this is a broken pipe. If your water pressure is generally of a pleasant amount of pressure and you turn it on one day only to find a drastic difference to the negative, call in a residential plumber to diagnose the problem. This could be a broken pipe.

Sink Holes and/or Soggy Spots– If you consistently find that certain parts of your yard are soggier than others, even the existence or emergence of what appears to be a sink hole—this may indicate that a broken pipe lies underneath. If it is on (or under) your property, it will be your responsibility and not that of your municipality.

If you would like more information on a residential plumber in Coon Rapids or any of the surrounding areas, call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.

Plumbing Contractor Misperceptions

If you own a home or business near Edina or neighboring quadrants, it is quite likely you have had to hire a plumbing contractor to take care of any of a myriad of potential plumbing issues. While those who have not had to hire a plumber likely operate under certain opinions or misperceptions on plumbers, those who have hired them in the past know them not to be. So, if you have never hired a plumber, take a look at the common misperceptions they face below. We at All Ways Drains would like to change your thinking to the positive.

General misperceptions of the Plumbing Contractor:

  1. Not a Professional

Your plumbing contractor is indeed a professional. Plumbing contractors put a lot of money into their tools and vehicles. They have spent years and years learning their trade. A building’s plumbing consists of a complicated and extensive network of incoming pipes and outgoing drains. A small error can lead to huge and high-priced damage. This is, in part, why good plumbing contractors are so valued.

  1. Messy

Your plumbing contractor deals in messy work. They encounter filthy water and rusty pipes as part of their daily vocation. They must work through damp, potentially moldy or decaying drywall and wood. The tools of their trade and their clothes are impossible to keep or ever make truly clean. All of the aforementioned helps create the false belief that your plumbing contractor is messy. On the contrary, these professionals are generally highly organized and “clean” individuals.

  1. Is Out to Rip You Off

It is far more likely your plumbing contractor wants to do his best to keep you as a client. It is much more difficult for a plumber to enter new situations constantly, rather than building his return business and getting referrals.

  1. Charges Too Much

Your plumbing contractor comes to you. If you consider further that they haul the tools and equipment they need along with them, it further demonstrates the value of the overall services they provide. Frequently, more than one plumbing contractor is involved in the work being conducted in your home or business. Pipes, connectors, and other hardware that often needs to be replaced (the bulk of which are made of “costly” materials), do add up, dependent upon the problem(s). Then you may be hiring your plumbing contractor in an emergency situation at 3 a.m.

Would you like more information about a plumbing contractor in Edina or any of the surrounding areas? Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.

Old House Often Means Old Pipes and Possible Plumbing Repair

Many functioning homes in city and suburbia alike were built many decades ago. These homes were often supplied with piping that has worn out its welcome through the rigors of time, poor material for the purpose it was meant to serve and so on. The likelihood that substantial plumbing repair has been conducted on these homes is very real. For those fortunate enough to not have had to deal with such headaches, it may just be a matter of time. All Ways Drains has been serving the greater Maplewood area for over 15 years, providing reliable service and efficient repair.

Common age-related plumbing pipe issues in older homes that call for frequent plumbing repair:

Outdated pipes—Using galvanized pipes as an example, turn on your hot water. If you experience low pressure, it is likely that you have corroded, with at least partially blocked galvanized pipes. Your options include replacing all galvanized piping or partial replacement. Being that the bulk of your piping lies behind walls, it is often difficult to determine the extent to which galvanized piping exists within your home, without an extensive plumbing repair.

Sewer line—what is considered “your plumbing” runs all the way from your house out to the street. Should your home be on a sewer line, it also runs house to street. Tree roots or simple weight of earth above it may have broken or crack the pipes outside of your home running to the street. Your water meter should have a gauge that illustrates flow. If you turn off all of the water in your home and this gauge still illustrates movement, you may have a leak.

Life expectancy of plumbing pipe types:

Water Supply piping—

  • Copper – 60 to 80 years
  • Galvanized Steel – 40 to 50 years
  • CPVC and PVC – 40 to 50 years
  • PEX – 40 years

Drain piping—

  • Cast Iron – 50 to 65 years
  • Galvanized Steel – 40 to 60 years
  • Copper – 60 to 80 years
  • PVC – 50 to 70 years

Plumbing fixtures—

  • Water Heaters – 10 to 20 years
  • Faucets – 15 to 25 years
  • Sinks, Tubs, Toilets – 40 to 80 years
  • Shut-off Valves – 20 years

Old pipes are a very common problem in homes across the country. This type of plumbing repair is costly and may well involve a large portion of your yard having to be dug up to have sewer or water piping replaced. Before you buy an older home, be sure to investigate the plumbing pipes.

Would you like more information on plumbing repair in Maplewood or any of the surrounding areas? Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.