7 Signs You Need Your Sewer Line Cleaned

A clogged sewer can become a big problem really fast! Because the clog blocks the pipe where all of the waste from your home flows into the main city sewer line, none of that nasty water will have a place to go. It may sit in the line or even flow backward into your home.

You can avoid this problem by catching your clog before it becomes such a huge problem. Look for these signs, call us when you see them, and we may be able to clean your sewer drain before you sustain any damage to your home.

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Warning Signs

1. Your water drains slowly. If all of your drains seem to be running slow and nothing you do helps the problem, chances are good that you need to have your sewer line cleaned out. One slow drain usually doesn’t indicate a sewer problem, but more than one means it’s time to call the plumber.

2. You have multiple clogs. Similarly, if you have several places where your water doesn’t seem to be moving at all, call us as soon as possible. This often means that the clog lies deep in your sewer system, down in the sewer where all of the water eventually flows.

3. You smell sewage. When your sewer system is working well, it not only keeps waste out of your home but sewer smells, too. If you start smelling something nasty and it seems to be coming from everywhere at once, call a plumber soon before there’s more than just smells coming back into your house.

4. Your plumbing seems to be working oddly. Sewer clogs can cause various plumbing fixtures in your home to appear to have odd connections. Water may flow into your tub or shower when you flush the toilet. Running the washing machine may make a toilet overflow. If you notice any unusual interactions between your plumbing fixtures, call a plumber ASAP.

5. You see or hear bubbles. If you wash your hands and the toilet bubbles, or you notice any other bubbles in the system that you don’t expect to see, you may have a sewer clog. The bubbles indicate unnecessary air in your line, and this often results from a clogged sewer drain.

6. Your cleanout drain is blocked. These drains are installed in modern sewer systems. They may be in your basement or your yard. Check yours for sewage buildup or water dribbling out, as these both indicate a clog farther down the line.

7. Your yard is wet or lush in a few spots. If you notice extra water in your yard or that your vegetation is growing particularly well in a few places, it’s time to get your sewer line checked out. It may be leaking waste and wastewater into your yard, which can happen when you have a clog.

We will locate the clog using our sewer line camera and make every effort to clean out your sewer line and make necessary repairs without digging up your yard. Trenchless sewer repair technology allows us to perform many operations without digging at all, so you won’t have to replace grass, concrete, and more. If this is an option for you, we’ll make sure you know.

Contact us at Rosenthal Plumbing as soon as you think you might need your sewer drain cleaned. We’ll send out an expert, assess the problem, and get it fixed for you fast!

FAQs About Sewer Line Replacement

The majority of homeowners don’t put thought into their sewer lines until there is a problem with them. After all, you don’t have to look at your sewer pipes every day, so why think about them? But, it is important to know what the status of your plumbing is and how old the sewer system is. You don’t want to be facing a major septic emergency, so it’s best to have your sewer replaced before it fails you.

Here are a few of the most common questions we get from our customers about the sewer replacement process:

What Are The Reasons To Get A Sewer Replacement?

There are many things that may mean replacing your sewer lines is required. These factors include:

  • The material of your pipes
  • How well your original sewer line was installed
  • What the sewer code was at the time of installation
  • Nearby construction, either on your home or the ones nearby
  • Tree and large shrub roots that may have infiltrated your sewer line
  • Soil conditions, increasing corrosion rates

How Long Should My Sewer Last?

Every property will need sewer line replacement at some point, but the timing of that often depends on the material that makes up the pipes.

  • Clay pipes: 50-60 years
  • Iron pipes: 75-100 years
  • Copper pipes: 50+ years
  • Steel pipes: 40-70 years
  • PVC pipes: indefinitely

How Can I Tell I Need My Sewer Replaced?

While some homeowners choose sewer line replacement when their pipes hit the end of their lifespan, others wait until there are problems. Here’s some signs that indicates the need for professional plumbing help:

  • Smelling sewage in your home
  • Sewage backups in your home
  • Frequent clogged drains
  • Multiple drains clogging at once
  • Weird water patterns, like backups in your bathtub every time your washer drains
  • Wet spots in your yard
  • Overgrown places in your yard or shrubs

If you have any other inquiries about the sewer replacement process, reach out to our talented team of experts. We are standing by waiting to assist you and take care of all your worries and concerns regarding your sewer system in Santa Cruz or the surrounding areas. Call Rosenthal Plumbing now!

Drain FAQs

No matter what issues you’re having with your drains, our plumbers at Rosenthal Plumbing can help you get them working again. Whether your drain or sewer needs to be cleaned, we can get the work completed ASAP to get your water flowing again soon. Are you not sure what needs to be done about your plumbing? We have dealt with countless issues in Santa Cruz, so check out some of these common questions that we get.

What Do I Do If My Drains Smell?

Every so often, someone calls us concerned that their drains smell bad and they can’t seem to figure out what is causing the odor. And it’s a good thing they call! If you smell something and it seems to be coming from your drains, there’s a chance that something serious and unhygienic is going on, and you should take care of it as soon as you can.

What Causes Bad-Smelling Drains?

The most common cause of foul-smelling drains is a problem with the p-trap. The function of this component is to trap debris that gets flushed down your drain so that it doesn’t flow any farther into your pipes and cause a major clog. If this pipe runs dry, you will smell a foul odor.

Sometimes, a bad drain smell is caused by a malfunctioning or poorly designed drain vent system. If the drain lines cannot properly vent the sewer gases, there will be a problem with the odors and with water flow.

Finally, a bad odor can also be a sign of problems with the sewer line itself. It’s important to get these fixed as soon as possible, or you could be facing more costly repairs down the road.

How Can I Take Care Of My Drains?

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. If you shave, wipe the whiskers out of the sink instead of just washing them down. And rinse your razor in a small container of water, then strain the water through a fine strainer to keep the hair out of the drain. If you have long hair, brush it well right before you get in the shower. While a few hairs won’t harm a drain, they definitely build up over time and can cause significant drain clogs down the road.
  • Use a mesh screen over your drains. These are especially useful in the kitchen sink and in showers. They will catch any debris that tries to flow into your drain, so it can’t build up and cause clogging. Be sure to empty these screens into the trash regularly, so the screen itself isn’t inhibiting the flow of water down your drain.
  • Keep fats, oils, and grease out of your drains. These may be liquid when you pour them down, but they congeal as they cool. They can bind to your drain as they harden, narrowing it and trapping more debris. These can become major clogs.
  • Remember that your garbage disposal can’t do everything. Don’t use it to grind up bones (even small ones!) or especially fibrous items (like corn husks). These can damage the disposal itself, or let chunks through that will cause drain clogs later. Be reasonable with your disposal usage, and your drains will have great longevity.

If you’re not sure what is going on with your drains, give us a call. We can come out to check them, and give you a free estimate on any necessary repairs. Make an appointment now!

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How to Fix A Running Toilet

Do you find yourself asking “Why does my toilet keep running?” or feel like your toilet never shuts off? Maybe it stops running eventually, but it runs a long time before it gets there.

Either way, you’re wasting money on water when your toilet keeps running, and the ongoing sound is enough to drive many people crazy. Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to diagnose and take care of the issue. Keep reading to learn how to fix a running toilet!

1) Turn Off the Water

There is usually a valve underneath or behind the toilet that will let you turn off that water just to the toilet. If that is stuck or you can’t find it, though, you can always turn off the water to your whole house. This stops the toilet from running and will give you a chance to find the leak.

2) Check the Flapper

If the flapper in your toilet is broken, torn, or has gotten old and doesn’t seal well anymore, your toilet will leak. Check your flapper for cracks or holes, and make sure it is covering the drain the way it should. If it’s not, go to the hardware store, get an identical one, and replace it.

3) Test the Fill Valve

If the problem isn’t in your stopper, it might be in your fill valve. Flush the toilet, then lift up on the float arm. If the water stops, adjust the arm so that the toilet will fill up to about ½” below the top of the overflow pipe. If it’s still leaking, replace your fill valve with an identical one from the hardware store.

Still Can’t Stop Your Toilet from Running?

If you try all of these options and your toilet still runs all the time, it’s probably time to call in a professional. Reach out to us at Rosenthal Plumbing, and we’ll send out a toilet expert to get your toilet working the way it’s supposed to. Remember, you’ll save money in the long run when you aren’t paying elevated water bills every month!

Call Rosenthal Plumbing today for toilet help in Santa Cruz, CA or the surrounding area!

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Should I Choose Hydro-Jetting or Drain Cleaning?

When it comes to cleaning out your pipes or your sewer lines, you will often have several options to choose from. Two of the most common are hydro-jetting and drain cleaning. Here’s what you need to know to choose the best service for your home.

Drain Cleaning Services

Traditional drain cleaning means sending a flexible cable or tube down your line. This is equipped with a point, for breaking up the clog, or a hook, for pulling it out.

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Traditional drain cleaning is called “traditional” for a reason. It’s been tried and proven effective many times, in many different situations.

This type of drain cleaning is very gentle and can be used in almost any pipes, no matter their condition.

Drain Cleaning Cons

When you clean your drains this way, you may only clear a path through them that is as wide as the cable. This can work well for indoor drains but it won’t be as effective for larger sewer drains.

It’s also possible to get the cable stuck in your drain, which necessitates a much more involved repair process.

Finally, traditional drain cleaning methods may not be able to get rid of extremely difficult clogs, like tree roots.

Hydro-Jetting Services

Hydro-jetting is the process of shooting a highly concentrated stream of water down the affected pipes. Experienced plumbers control the concentration and direction of the jet.

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Hydro-jetting can remove almost any drain clog, up to and including some tree roots.

It also cleans out your entire pipe, not just a hole in the middle. Your pipes will literally look brand new after they are jetted.

Hydro-jetting can be used on any kind of pipes, be they commercial, residential, indoor, outdoor, etc.

Hydro-jetting Cons

Hydro-jetting can damage some pipes. If your plumbers don’t examine the pipes with a camera before they jet them, the pressure of the water can cause fragile pipes to break or expand existing cracks or holes. With proper prior exploration, though, hydro-jetting is extremely safe for you and your home.

Santa Cruz Drain Clearing Pros

If you have stubborn clogs and you’d like to have your lines assessed for cleaning, call our team of experts at Rosenthal Plumbing today! We’ll get to you quickly, send a camera down your lines, and let you know if hydro-jetting is a good option for you.

We’ll talk you through the pros and cons of any drain cleaning method we think would work for your home. You make the final decision. Once you let us know, we’ll clean your pipes ASAP.

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