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Sewer Repair, Installation, & Cleaning in Tampa Bay
A step by step guide to solving sewer issues
Step 1 – Find out Exactly What’s Wrong
The quickest route to solving your sewer problem starts with finding out what’s causing the issue.
And the quickest route to finding the issue starts with an expert technician.
Find yourself an experienced plumber to do a quick drain snake inspection (a camera attached to the head of a line that is fed down your drain, giving the technician a clear visual of exactly what will be needed to fix the sewer line).
Are there other ways to find out what’s causing the issue?
Absolutely. However, usually that involves digging around your sewer line, which can get costly and time consuming, fast.
A smart plumber with his clients best interests in mind will recommend a camera drain snake inspection 9 times out of 10. That’s what we’ve been doing here at B&B Professional Plumbing and Air with great success for over 25 years.
This will help diagnose whether your issue is being caused by any of the following:
- Corroding (most common in old steel and cast iron pipes)
- Tree roots
- A clogged drain (usually caused by things being flushed down the toilet other than human waste and toilet paper
- Extreme temperatures (although we are blessed with some of the best weather this country has to offer, and therefore never get frozen pipes, the odd case of extreme heat can burst pipes as well).
Step 2 – Avoid Making Things Worse
Now that you’ve got a reputable plumber on the way, STOP.
Using your plumbing system right now could make things work. Wait to take a shower or flush the toilet until your plumber gives you the green light that it’s safe to do so.
If you’ve smelled sewer backup before, you’ll probably agree, it’s worth the wait.
Plunging your toilet, sink, or shower drain MIGHT be tempting, but we suggest you hold off on that as well.
If your drain is truly clogged, it needs to be dealt with strategically, and in some cases plunging it will make things even worse.
It’s best to hold off until you’ve got a camera down your drain getting you a clear diagnosis before trying anything.
Step 3 – Get It Fixed ASAP
Once your plumber has found out what’s causing the issue, now is the time to ask for a quote.
At B&B we offer upfront pricing on all our work, so that our clients are comfortable knowing that they will get the job done well, without having to worry if it’s going to break the bank.
If you have a burst or leaking pipe, this will need to be fixed immediately.
Even if it’s the middle of the night.
When water gets into parts of your house that it shouldn’t be in, damage can be caused quickly.
And that’s a big part of why we offer 24/7 service at B&B. We know exactly how worrisome waking up to a leak can be. Give us a call and we’ll get it fixed on the spot for you.
A leaking sewer line is usually fixed by relining your pipe. This is a fascinating process (see for yourself below)
This will create a new tube lining on the inside of your pipe, which will take care of any small leaks.
Depending on the severity of the damage, (aka it’s completely burst) you may need to do a repipe. This is an intensive job that could include some digging, and can add value to your home. The best part is you won’t have to worry about sewer issues for a very, very long time.
At this point you’re probably wondering what the last step is…
Step 4 – Prevention
There are ways you can help protect your sewer lines. A big part of that work is simply being proactive:
Get an annual sewer inspection. Have your plumber come out every 12 months to briefly run a camera through your lines to make sure everything is up to shape.
Corrosion and small blockages can be caught early on by doing this, which can save you money.
Use the “Brown, White, or Yellow” rule! However crude, it’s true that only human waste and toilet paper should go down your toilets. Anything else can cause blockages, and therefore should only see the garbage.
Be Proactive With Trees. I thought it was pretty cool when I learned that trees will “seek” out sources of moisture with their roots, often wrapping around underground sewer pipes in an effort to get their necessary nutrition.
However you may find this less interesting if that tree is causing your toilet to stop flushing.
Knowing where your sewer line is and removing any large trees around it can stop this problem before it even becomes one. However if your sewer line is fairly new, and has no leaks, it shouldn’t be much of an issue.
At B&B Professional Plumbing and Air we’ve been helping Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco county residents with their plumbing needs for over 25 years. And we’d love to offer you the same quality service.
If you have a leaking pipe you want us to take a look at, need a quick check up on your sewer line, or simply have some questions, give us a call now at 727-334-2278 or 813-231-4400.
One of our friendly technicians will be happy to help.
When To Give Us a Call
- Leaking sewer pipes or bursts need to be fixed immediately – plain and simple.
- Cracked, broken, collapsed, or offset pipes (occurs when ground shifts from settling, freezing and thawing)
- Blockage from abnormal material or grease buildup.
- Bellied pipe (when the ground surrounding the pipe caves in and destroys the pipe).
- Leaky pipe connections/joints/seals
- Tree roots stuck with other material in the pipe
- Visibly corroding pipe