Drains 101: What’s Wrong With Your Drains?

Whatever the problem is with your drains, our plumbers at Rosenthal Plumbing can help you get them working again. We can get the work done quickly to get your water flowing again, whether they need to be cleaned out or replaced.

My Drains Smell Bad

Once in a while, we get a call from someone who has a stinky drain but can’t place the source of the odor.  If an unpleasant odor is emanating from your drains, it could be a sign of a more serious and unsanitary problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Check Your P-Trap

Drains that emit a foul odor typically have a p-trap issue. This curved pipe should be installed beneath each and every sink. One of the most obvious uses for a p-trap is to prevent clogs in the pipes by collecting debris that gets flushed down the toilet or sink. However, the bend in this pipe causes water to pool. This water prevents any harmful gases from rising and entering your home. When this pipe dries up, there will be a terrible stench.

Check Your Drain Vents

A faulty or poorly designed drain vent system may occasionally be the source of a foul odor. Sewer gasses are always present in your plumbing system; it’s just the way these things work. These gases must be vented so that they do not cause problems or odors in your drain lines. When gasses cannot vent properly, they can raise the pressure in your system, causing water flow issues as well as foul odors. When this becomes severe enough, the gasses can push past or through any obstruction, allowing them to enter your home.

It Could Be Your Sewer

Finally, a foul odor may indicate a problem with the sewer line itself. It’s critical to get these fixed as soon as possible, or you may end up with more expensive repairs down the road. If you have bad odors coming from your drains, we would be happy to inspect your plumbing system and provide you with a free estimate to fix the problem. Contact Rosenthal Plumbing right away to have your drains cleaned.

Drain Care

If you want your drains to keep flowing well for a long time, there are some simple things you can do to help them work well. 

Keep hair out of the drains

After you shave, instead of just rinsing the sink, give the sink a good wipe down. To prevent hair from going down the drain, use a small container of water to rinse your razor, and then strain the water using a fine strainer. Before jumping into the shower, give your long hair a good brushing. A single hair probably won’t clog a drain, but hair accumulation over time can lead to problems.

Use a mesh screen over your drains.

These are great for the bathroom or kitchen sink, but they really shine in the shower. They act as a filter, collecting anything that tries to enter your drain before it has a chance to build up and cause a clog. To prevent the screen from obstructing your drain, you should regularly remove it and throw it away.

Keep fats, oils, and grease out of your drains. 

Although these are fluid when first poured, they solidify as they cool. As they harden, they can bind to your drain, reducing its diameter and entrapping more debris. Major bottlenecks can form from these.

Remember: Garbage Disposals Can’t Do Everything!

Finally, keep in mind that there are some things even a garbage disposal can’t do. Don’t put any fibrous materials or bones (even tiny ones!) through it (like corn husks). These can either cause permanent damage to the disposal or allow debris that will eventually clog the drain to pass through. If you use your disposal sensibly, your drains will last for a long time.

Call Rosenthal Plumbing for Drain Cleaning in Santa Cruz Today!

Call Rosenthal Plumbing if you’re unsure of whether an item will cause damage to your pipes. Let us come out and take a look, and if any repairs are needed, we can provide you with a free quote. Get in touch with a Santa Cruz drain cleaning service right away!

Common Summer Plumbing Problems You Should Watch Out For

Some Santa Cruz plumbing problems are more common in the summer than at any other time of year. Here’s what you should be watching for this summer so you can keep your home working well all summer long. If you do experience these or other plumbing this summer, don’t hesitate to call your local Santa Cruz and Santa Clara plumber.

Flooded Basements

Sudden thunderstorms or downpours are more common in the summer than at other times of the year. These can flood your basement and do a lot of damage quickly. If you don’t have a sump pump, consider installing one. If you do have one, take a few minutes to test it before the next storm comes. 

Sprinkler Problems

Sprinkler heads break relatively easily, especially with increased foot traffic on lawns and with the weekly use of lawn mowers. These can cause all sorts of flooding and other plumbing problems. Make sure you check your sprinklers regularly during the summer and that you replace any broken parts as soon as possible. You can also check for overgrown or soggy areas on your lawn, as this can indicate a sprinkler issue. 

Clogged Shower Drains

When you spend time at the lake, the river, the beach, or even out in your backyard, you end up with more dirt and debris washing off in the shower. It can be hard for your normal water pressure to wash these all the way down the drain and into your sewer. You can end up with significant clogs after everyday activities. Do your best to rinse off with a hose before you shower to avoid needing drain cleaning services.

If you do run into any summer plumbing problems, call us at Rosenthal Plumbing right away. We’ll have an expert Santa Cruz plumber to your door fast!

What is Pipe Bursting?

If your Santa Cruz sewer line has been severely damaged and needs to be replaced ASAP, you’ve probably heard the term “pipe bursting” thrown around in conversation, but it may not mean what you think. At Rosenthal Plumbing, we never want you to have to make choices that you don’t understand. Here’s what you need to know to make the best possible decision for you and your home regarding pipe bursting.

How Does Pipe Bursting Work?

Pipe bursting a method of trenchless sewer repair. These techniques allow us to fix your sewer lines without having to dig up your entire yard. This saves you the hassle of replacing your landscaping and it can also save you money.

The pipe bursting method involves pulling a new pipe into place for your sewer line while simultaneously splintering the old pipe outward so it’s not in the way anymore. We’ll fit a drilling head onto the front end of the new pipe, then pull it through the old pipe until it’s in the right spot. As it goes through, the drilling head will shatter the old pipe outward, hence the term pipe bursting. 

When we’re done, you should have a brand new sewer line in place. We’ll use top-grade adhesive to fix it into place so that your new sewer in Santa Cruz will work well for many years. 

Is Pipe Bursting Right for Me?

Trenchless pipe bursting might be right for you if:

  • You need to have a large section of your sewer line replaced, up to and including the entire line from your house to where it meets the city’s sewer line in the street.
  • You want to have your sewer line replaced as soon as possible. Pipe bursting is the fastest way to get a new sewer line.
  • You need to install a larger sewer pipe than the one that is currently in place. We can expand the diameter of your sewer line so you don’t have to worry about things getting stuck or having clogs. 
  • You’re worried about natural gasses or other elements that might escape the ground if we dig up your yard.
  • You don’t want to worry about or pay for replacing your landscaping, cement walkways, and more. 
  • You want a sewer line that comes with a lifetime guarantee, just in case you run into further problems down the road.

Our expert Santa Cruz plumbers can help you decide if pipe bursting is right for you. We can walk you through the pros and cons of each option to help you make a wise decision. 

Santa Cruz Pipe Bursting Experts

At Rosenthal Plumbing, we are skilled pipe bursting contractors and we’d love to talk to you about helping you get a new sewer line. Call us today, tell us what’s going on, and we’ll be there soon to help you decide if pipe bursting is the right solution for your home. 

Is My Sewer Line Broken or Clogged?

Do you think you’re having sewer problems but you’re not sure? Unless there is sewage actively flowing into your home, it can be hard to tell if you’re having a sewer problem or not. Here are a few signs that it’s time to call a plumber. Our team at Rosenthal Plumbing can diagnose your sewer problem and fix it fast so you can get back to your regular schedule soon!

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Sewer Backups

If your sewer is actively backing up into your or your plumbing frequently has backup problems, it’s time to call for sewer cleaning near you. We’ll send an expert to your home to confirm that the problem is in your sewer, then find a way to fix the problem with minimal hassle for you 

Mold & Mildew

If you have recurring mold and/or mildew that you can’t get rid of, call to have us check on your sewer line. If there’s a leak behind a wall or one that is oozing into your walls, it can fuel mold/mildew growth that won’t stop until you take care of the sewer problem. 

Green, Lush Lawn Spots

Lush spots in your hard can indicate a broken sewer line. When the line breaks, sewage oozes into your yard. The nitrogen and other chemicals in sewage promote plant growth. If one part of your yard is more green and lush than the others, it may be time to check for sewer issues. 

Sewer Smells

Do you smell sewage in your home or whenever something goes down the drain? Your sewer is designed to keep both smells and actual sewage away from your home. Smelling sewage is significant in the list of broken sewer line symptoms and you should call a local plumber about sewer line repair soon. 

Lawn Indentations

Do you have sunken spots in your yard or certain pavers or sections of the sidewalk that are lower than others? When sections of soil get wet, they can sink down and pull whatever is on the surface down with them. 

Slow Drains

Your drains may not back up but, if they run slow, it’s time to call for repairs. At Rosenthal we offer a way to have everything fixed without having to rip your yard apart– trenchless sewer repair. This option typically ends up costing less, taking less time, and being all around less of a headache to endure.

Call The Professionals

Rely on your Santa Cruz plumber at Rosenthal Plumbing to fix all of your sewer line problems. Whether you need sewer line repair or sewer cleaning in Santa Cruz, we’ll take care of everything so you don’t have to worry about your sewer anymore. Contact us to request an appointment now.

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Keep Your Drains Clear This Holiday Season

We see a lot of clogged drains over the holiday season. It makes sense, actually. You may have a lot more people in your house than you usually do, or you may be cooking a lot more food, in larger quantities, than normal. Both of these things can lead to an increase in clogged drains all over your home. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help prevent these problems!

Avoid Putting Grease Down Your Drains

When you’re cooking a lot of food and you’re in a hurry, it can be tempting to just pour all of the grease down your drain. However, grease congeals into a gel-like substance that sticks to almost everything else you put down your drain. You can create a huge clog over just a few days! Instead, pour your grease into a resealable container and throw it away. 

Put Food Waste in the Trash

Most food waste shouldn’t go down your garbage disposal, especially in large quantities. It can get stuck in your drain and cause a clog or immobilize your garbage disposal blades. You should especially avoid putting eggshells, coffee grounds, corn husks, potato peels, and bones down the disposal. 

Don’t Flush Solids Down Your Drains

Don’t let anyone flush anything other than toilet paper and human waste down the drain. This applies to feminine hygiene products, cotton balls, dental floss, paper towels, hair, tissues, Q-tips, cat litter, and anything else that someone might decide to flush. Just don’t do it! Make sure there is ample trash can space so that people have other options. 

Clean Out Drain Overflow Spaces

Get to know your sinks! Most have pop-up drain assemblies that can be pulled out and cleaned regularly. These are designed to trap water and soap in the sink when you need them there, but they can also collect soap scum, hair, and more. To clean them, close the pop-up valve. Fill your sink with water and a little bit of soap until the water line is just below the overflow hole. Add a cup of bleach to the water, then turn the tap on and run hot water for about 10 minutes. When you’re done, drain the entire sink again. 

Rinse Out Your Garbage Disposal

Every few days, pour a half cup of dishwashing fluid down your drain, then run lukewarm water for a minute or so after it. This should clean out your drains and keep them flowing freely. You may want to do this every day during the holiday season if you tend to have drain problems.

Call for Drain Cleaning in Santa Cruz

You can always call us at Rosenthal Plumbing for help with your drains, too. When our professional plumbers come to your home for drain cleaning they will, identify the source of your clogged pipes and clear it out fast with either a plumbing rod or using a high pressure water stream, a method called hydro-jetting, clean up anything that needs to be and make sure you’re satisfied with the result before leaving so you can get back to your holiday fun! Give us at Rosenthal Plumbing a call any time for emergency plumbing help in Santa Cruz and we’ll be there fast!