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4 Signs Tree Roots Are Blocking Your Pipes

4 Signs Tree Roots Are Blocking Your Pipes

In the Spring, dormant trees begin to grow again. Their roots seek out water sources and nutrients underground to help them flourish. If your sewer pipes or water pipes have any weak spots, the roots will take advantage of the cracks, and infiltrate them to reach the water inside. As the roots thrive within the pipe, they can create clogs, prevent proper water flow, and cause backups.  Older homes and homes with large trees nearby are particularly susceptible.

How Do I Know Tree Roots Are In My Pipes?

1. Slow Drains & Blocked Pipes

If you notice:
– It is taking longer than usual for wastewater to flow down your drains
– The drains and pipes are making a noise
– You’re experiencing a backup in your pipes

this could be the first sign that roots have infiltrated your system.

2. Sinkholes

Sinkholes could indicate there has been serious damage to your pipes. Water flowing out of broken pipes builds up underground, and eventually causes soft spots to form in your yard, causing a sinkhole. If you notice this issue, contact a professional straight away to evaluate the situation.

3. Bad Smelling Odors

If tree roots have impacted your sewer pipes, this could emit bad smells. Watch for signs of unpleasant odors in the area, especially around plumbing fixtures.

4. Tree Growth

Trees with a good source of moisture and nutrients will often grow faster or look healthier. If you notice a tree growing quicker than others, or that looks richer in color, this could mean it is drawing water from your pipes.

How Should I Remove Roots from Pipes?

Many homeowners utilize chemicals to clear their pipes. Unfortunately in this situation, those chemicals aren’t usually effective. They can stunt growth in the short term, but usually manual remove of the roots is needed to eradicate the problem.

How We Can Help Remove Tree Roots From Your Pipes

At Clear Drain Cleaning, we like to use hydro jetting to clear your lines.  A hydro jetter shoots high pressure water through your pipes to remove roots and sludge. We even provide a camera inspection of your line, so you can see the roots are gone!

4 Signs Tree Roots Are Blocking Your Pipes

Flex Drain Solutions COVID-19 All Update

Flex Drain Solutions COVID-19 All Update

COVID-19 Response

During these trying times, we are remaining open to offer essential drain cleaning services. You can rest assured that all precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of our staff and customers when we make service calls.

If you have any drain or sewer issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Helpful Spring Drain Reminders:

As we enter the Spring season, here are a few tips to keep your drainage in shape:

  1. Keep your gutters clean. Remove leaves and other visible debris. This will stop the gunk from getting underground and causing a blockage.
  2. Take a visit to your basement and check for wet spots, particularly in corners where you have a downspout. This could indicate your drain is clogged and needs to be opened.
  3. Don’t forget to clean your outside catch basin drains. They fill up with grit and debris over Winter, so need to be cleared in the Spring.

About Flex Drain Solutins

Flex Drain Solutions is a local owned company that specializes in residential and commercial drain, sewer and septic services such as electric drain cleaning, hydro excavation, and hydro jetting. Our tools and methods are safe, reliable and fast. We’ll have your drains, sewage and septic systems clear and running smoothly in no time! We proudly serve Holmes County, Wayne County, Tuscarawas County, Coshocton County, Stark County, Ashland County and Carroll County. Contact us today and Like Us on Facebook!

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3 Reasons Your Sewer Pipes Clog in Summer

3 Reasons Your Sewer Pipes Clog in Summer

Summer may seem like a safe time of year for sewer pipes, but there are some factors that can lead to clogs. Read on to learn about common sewer problems in the Summer, and how to identify them.

3 Possible Ways your Sewer Pipes Clog

1. Heavy Rainfall Backs Up Sewer Drains

Summer rain showers strain sewer systems. If the sewers can’t keep up with the surge of water, backups may happen in your sewer drains. If you have a clog in your drain, this can make the situation even worse.

2. Drought Decreases Water Levels in Sewer

Summer also has dry periods without much rain. Water levels decrease in the sewer system, which makes it hard for waste to pass through. If the waste sits for awhile, when rainfall does come, the built up waste may cause a clog to form.

3. Tree and Plant Roots Break Through Sewer Pipes

Plants and trees continue to grow during the Summer and need moisture. Their roots seek out underground water sources like sewer pipes. They can break through older pipes and grow, blocking any water from flowing through and causing destructive damage.

How Do I Know I Have a Clog in my Sewer Pipes?

Watch out for these sigs that indicate you might have a sewer clog:

1. Bad Smell Coming From Your Pipes

Do you smell a foul, rotten egg odor? This may mean a clog is blocking your pipe from emptying wastewater.

2. Partial Draining From Your Sinks

Have you noticed liquids drain from sinks and toilets, but not solids? Your pipe is probably partially clogged. It’s time to get the clog cleared before it gets worse.

3. Water Drains Slow in Sinks and Shower

If you notice your sinks or showers draining slower than normal, or you hear a bubbling or gurgling noise, that may mean you have a clog.

4. Septic Tank Backup

Do you have a septic tank? Check to see if there is more green growth above the septic system. This could mean there is a backup of water saturating the area.

What Should I Do If My Sewer Line is Clogged?

Give your local drain cleaning company a call. At Clear Drain Cleaning, we use camera inspections to locate the exact spot of the clog. We use specialist equipment designed to fully clear drains, but keep your pipes safe too.

Unfreezing Drains in the Winter

Unfreezing Drains in the Winter

During the cold months, your household drains can freeze making it very difficult to unclog them using traditional drain cleaning methods.

Which Drains are at Risk of Freezing?

Drains that are exposed to the elements, or along the outside walls of exposed basement walls, are more susceptible to freezing in the winter. Some examples include:

  • Downspout discharge drains
  • Shallow sewer lines
  • Shallow drains

How do I Prevent Freezing Drains?

Although there is no guarantee the freezing temperatures won’t affect your drains, trying some of these solutions may help prevent an unfortunate drain block:

  • Cover your pipes with insulation sleeves
  • Insulate unfinished basements or other areas of the home where pipes and drains are exposed to cooler temperatures
  • Turn up your heat in areas where your pipes and drains are exposed
  • Remember to carefully pour hot water down infrequently used household drains
  • Remove debris from outdoor drains and keep them clear over the winter months

What Should I do if my Drain is Frozen?

There are a few DIY approaches to clearing frozen drains and pipes.

  • For outdoor drains, using hot saltwater or hot water with a deicing agent may help clear a line, but be prepared for water to back up towards you until the block is cleared.
  • Indoor pipes may respond by exposing them to heat from a hair dryer, but be careful not to expose pipes to heat for too long to avoid damage.

Although the DIY approach may work, for safety reasons we only recommend contacting a drain cleaning company to fix any frozen drains or drain lines. Using hot water and specialist equipment called a hydro jetter will safely and easily open a closed drain.

What is a Hydro Jetter?

A hydro jetter uses multiple nozzles to put out a high gallon-per-minute water flow rate at high pressure to remove drain blockages.

About Flex Drain Solutions

Flex Drain Solutions is a local owned company that specializes in residential and commercial drain, sewer and septic services such as electric drain cleaning, hydro excavation, and hydro jetting. Our tools and methods are safe, reliable and fast. We’ll have your drains, sewage and septic systems clear and running smoothly in no time! We proudly serve Holmes County, Wayne County, Tuscarawas County, Coshocton County, Stark County, Ashland County and Carroll County. Contact us today and Like Us on Facebook!

Unfreezing Drains in the Winter

Spring Downspout Maintenance

Spring Downspout Maintenance

Spring Downspout Maintenance

Spring is often the wettest time of year, which can be a challenge for your downspouts. Your downspouts exist to help move rainwater away from your home to prevent flooding or damage from moisture.

The freezing and thawing which takes place in the Spring causes the ground to shift and will often sheer off downspout lines. Winter run off and debris can also clog them. You won’t realize it at first because the moisture was frozen in the winter, or there wasn’t a lot of water running through in the dryer months.

Here are some tips to get you off to a safe start as the damp season approaches:

1. Inspect your Downspout for Clogs

 Clogs often occur because debris collected in the gutters floats down into the downspout and accumulates, blocking the pipe. Keeping your gutters clean definitely helps prevent clogs.

  • An easy way to check for clogs in your downspout is to run some water through the pipe. If it isn’t running smoothly, there is most likely a blockage that needs to be cleared.
  • Another way to check your downspout for clogs is to stick a plumber’s snake down the pipe and see if you meet any resistance.
  • If you aren’t able to clear your downspout using DIY methods, contact a professional drain cleaning company who uses specialist equipment to safely clear your line.

2. Check your Downspout When It’s Raining

A very simple way to check that your downspout is functioning properly is to examine whether there is a steady stream of water flowing out during a rainstorm. If you live in an area where there is a lot of rainfall, you may want to consider extending your downspout further away from the house to avoid water damage to your home. You can even have underground pipes installed from the end of the downspout to move the water further out into your yard.

3. Check the Pipes for Leaks or Rusting

Another simple downspout maintenance tip is to check for any leaks, loose screws, or rusting pipes. Any of these issues could eventually lead to flooding problems if ignored.

4. Check your Basement for Wet Spots

When the Spring thaw hits, if you notice any damp spots in your basement, downspouts are often the culprit. If this is the case, it may be time to contact a professional to ensure a problem of this magnitude is handled just right.

About Flex Drain Solutions

Flex Drain Solutions is a local owned company that specializes in residential and commercial drain, sewer and septic services such as electric drain cleaning, hydro excavation, and hydro jetting. Our tools and methods are safe, reliable and fast. We’ll have your drains, sewage and septic systems clear and running smoothly in no time! We proudly serve Holmes County, Wayne County, Tuscarawas County, Coshocton County, Stark County, Ashland County and Carroll County. Contact us today and Like Us on Facebook!