The keys to a successful preventative maintenance of sewer and drainage systems are regular attention and, pre-emptive steps to deal with problems, and proper construction. Effective maintenance yields multiple benefits: increased performance of the system, lower costs of operation, and a longer lifespan. A properly maintained system will carry outflows more efficiently, giving it greater […]
Problems with drain and sewer pipes can take a number of forms, and be solved in a number of ways, but in some cases the only remaining solution is replacement. Arriving at the need to replace piping is usually a process of ruling out less invasive options. In most cases, the decision to replace piping […]
Snaking bathroom plumbing fixtures is a very effective way of clearing blockages that are not far from the fixture itself, and in fact the vast majority of blockages are in this category. Typically, bathrooms have three standard fixtures: a tub/shower, a basin, and a toilet. Each of these three is capable of developing a blockage, […]
Knowing where to dig When working on drainage systems, it’s important to save time by eliminating random digging. Knowing where to dig has always been a problem, whether is was digging to find water for a well, or to find buried treasure. Dowsing, the pseudoscience of finding underground objects by divination, has a long history. […]
What if a plumber could lay down a drain pipe through your yard without digging a trench? Suddenly the work does not involve tearing up lawns and gardens, pulling up paving stones, and tearing apart decks. Trenchless plumbing (or directional boring is a subsurface technique that limits the number of trenches or eliminates the need […]
A French drain is typically piped with rigid PVC plastic drain piping with perforations along one side of the pipe. Usually, a 4-inch pipe is used. This pipe is preferable to corrugated drainage pipe, which can be hard to clean with a Roto-Rooter. The older clay or ceramic pipe is no longer used.
Preventing the troubles caused by drain blockages is, in the first instance, a matter of sewage hygiene: how’s that for a contradiction in terms?
Roots are active in seeking out water, and any crack or open joint in underground piping is an invitation to roots to grow into the pipe. As an added bonus, drain piping, filled as it is with food waste, oils, fats, and other debris, provides a rich source of just the nutrients that roots seek.