Is My Sewer Line Going to Burst? A clogged drain can become a long-term issue and even become dangerous if not addressed. A clog can burst a line If the clogs go unidentified for long periods of time.
It will send sewer gases back into the home and cause serious pipe bursts or breaks which results in backups and overflowing waters in the home. Over time, these problems have the potential to worsen leaving you with a very expensive solution. Heres how to tell if your pipe burst!
As a homeowner, your sewer line is an important part of your home. You want to make sure that it is continuously working correctly because any kind of a backup can be frustrating to deal with and get repaired. Unfortunately, until it is too late, you don’t realize what is happening in your lines. Steve recommends twice a year drain cleaning to keep your pipes free of grease, buildup, debris and tree roots.
While these problems can be difficult and a hassle, there are options to get the fixes you need. Scheduling regular drain cleaning services from Chester Springs, Rocket Plumbing and Drain is an important step to keeping things in optimal working condition in your home.
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You can’t ignore your plumbing issues during the COVID-19 crisis! Ignore them too long and they will cause bigger, more expensive problems down the road. That is why we offer virtual plumbing!
We are still making house visits to our customers. But, if you have some concern about a plumber coming into your home, we are introducing our Virtual Consult to help identify which problems can wait, which can be temporarily fixed, and which need immediate attention.
By conducting a video call we can advise you on the best course of action, even show you how you might be able to fix the problem yourself! (It’s very empowering!)
Depending on your skill level we may be able to walk you through a temporary fix to avoid damage to your home, an unnecessarily large water bill, or a huge sewage backup in the yard.
Can I really fix my own plumbing problems using Virtual Plumbing?
While we can’t guarantee anything without knowing your situation, anyone with access to the Internet, a smartphone (or laptop with a video camera and mic), and some hand tools can attempt a repair or fix with our Virtual Consults. (You can even borrow some hand tools from a neighbor! Try Next Door where you can connect with people in your neighborhood.)
What type of repairs might you be able to help me through?
Here are just a few of the simple repairs we can help you with:
Faulty Water Heaters – We can show you how to drain the water heater and stop the flow of water or perhaps the pilot light went out and needs to be re-lit,
Leaking or Running Toilets – We can show you how to shut off the water to stop the leak or repair it with parts you may have or can easily get
Clogged Toilet – We can show them a photo of what they need from the local store to help to unclog a toilet that a toilet plunger won’t solve
Water Pressure Problems – Can help adjust the pressure regulator or assist with replacing it if needed, we can assess whether it may be sedimented aerator or perhaps a leaking pipe
Clogged Sink Drains or Slow Draining Sink – We can show people how to unclog the drain and there are solutions that Baking Soda and Vinegar can solve as well. We can help identify what the cause is so we can assist with the solution so that the line doesn’t become completely blocked.
Jammed Garbage Disposal – We can show you how to unjam or open it up with the key
Sewer System Back Up – We can help them identify if they indeed have a sewer system back up and what the possible causes would have been and identify if they need our “in person” help
Dripping Faucets – This could cause a water bill to be high so we want to walk through the steps to try to fix it or identify what the issue is or if it needs to be replaced.
If you need Video Consultation, it will be at our discounted rate of $49.00 per hour payable VIA Credit or Debit Card over the phone.
Not all plumbing issues or calls can be fixed by the homeowner. As a company we are practicing social distancing and CDC guided protective measures. If the call results in an in-person visit needed, a rate of $145.00 per hour will apply plus service call fee depending on the service. If your service requires Drain Snaking, Camera Equipment or Jetting Services, additional charges may apply.
These calls are intended as a service to our customers during the COVID-19 crisis to see if we can assist you in making temporary repairs if you are trying to maintain self-quarantine. Our advice is intended as such, and is not a contract for a complete fix or repair of the issue.
The two biggest questions I get asked is “why is your Jetter different and why is it so expensive to jet a line”. There are a number of answers to that question but the simplest of the answers is that our Jetter Truck is the most powerful Jetting Truck on the market in terms of PSI (Pressure) and GPM (Gallons per minute) therefore a very expensive machine to buy and it costs a boatload in diesel to run. Our jetter is capable of 4000 PSI at 65 GPM. While companies advertise their “jetting” services they are careful not to tell you the capabilities of the Truck or Trailer Jetter for a number of reasons along with their limited selection of jetting nozzles that are carefully selected for the right pressure clog.
“But, aren’t all Jetter’s alike?” That’s the follow up question to the first and second question. NO all Jetting Equipment is not alike. We take great pride in how we selected and chose our Jetter Truck. We took our clients needs into careful consideration and we have created a dialogue of the differences in Jetting Equipment and how it affects who you hire.
So, when choosing a Jetter, what is more important: GPM or PSI?” When choosing a Jetter’s output in PSI and GPM, remember this hydrojetting rule: Pressure (psi) is “cutting” power, while gallons per minute is “flushing” power. Pressure cuts into blockages. “Thinner,” high-pressure waterjet streams from a good jetting nozzle will have the most “cutting” power if the PSI is adequate. Experience has shown that a 3,500 to 4,000 PSI jetter with 18 or more GPM and the right nozzle or tool will cut out root masses, chop up hard grease, and carve out hard settled dirt. We have cut out this kind of crud from 3- to 8-inch drains and sewers. Pressure cuts are why 4,000 PSI jetters are used to cut out blockages. This is also why the little 1,500-2000 psi electric-powered units don’t cut out much at all. Volume flushes out debris.
“Wider” waterjet streams shooting out of a jetting nozzle will have the most “flushing” action, and more volume also means more impact in the cleaning. If the GPM is adequate, the sheer volume of water will push and carry debris. If you want to move larger rock, bricks, grease-logs, etc., you’ll need more GPM. This is why city and county crews clean 8- to 12-inch pipe with 40 to 60 GPM, and larger pipelines with 80+ GPM trucks. This is also why little 2-10 GPM electric jetters don’t flush out much debris. The GPM you will need depends greatly on the pipe diameter being cleaned and how clean you expect the line to be or if you just need to penetrate a blockage to restore flow.
The following is a story about a contractor who was hired by a city to inspect an 8-inch pipe: When he got there, the city crew had been working for two hours trying to clear roots from the line with their big 65 GPM/ 2,000 PSI jetting truck. The contractor had a 6 GPM/4,000 PSI jetter in his van along with his TV system, and the city let him take a crack at the roots. Using a Warthog slow-rotating cutter nozzle, the contractor cleared the roots and then finished the video inspection. Notice that he got done with a 20 hp unit what the city could not do with a 100 hp unit. Why? Because a) he had the right tools/nozzles; and b) pressure cuts. The contractor said, “You should have seen their faces.”
In contrast, it is important to also realize that if we were talking about clearing rocks and debris (instead of cutting roots) then the story would be the opposite. The 65 GPM truck would run circles around the 6 GPM jetter, because volume flushes. Note: Using the right nozzle or tool also makes a huge impact. This is why we chose a high GPM and a high PSI truck. Because cuts and volume matters. We mostly deal with debris and grease in lines. We can turn up or down the volume and pressure as needed for the situation we are facing because our truck has the capability to do so. However, if you hire a company that has high pressure capability with low volume capability and you are faced with the alternative scenario of rocks and debris, you will be facing hiring another company.
Most contractors are in the job of re-establishing flow in drains and side sewers. You can break through blockage in 3-inch and smaller pipe with less than 6 GPM, while the 9 GPM to 18 GPM machines will do a better job of cleaning and are much better in 4- to 18-inch pipe. We most commonly deal with 4-12” pipe therefore we have a Higher GPM Truck with more PSI to re-establish flow.
Also, understand that a jetter’s GPM is always listed at maximum throttle, so if the engine speed is reduced then the GPM reduces. Therefore, since we have a higher GPM jetter then we can “slow it down” for use in smaller-piping. The pressure will be maintained because we have nozzles sized for the lower GPM in addition to our standard full GPM nozzles. We also have a smaller-diameter “mini” jet hoses for certain situations. Having the right personnel who knows what the proper ratio PSI to GPM also matters. Anyone can buy a jetter truck but do they have the experience to run a machine that powerful?
As you can see, there is not one right answer for each pipe and each situation. By hiring a company with the highest of GPM and most powerful PSI capabilities such as ours with a full line of the latest engineered cutting heads and jetting nozzles upwards of $1,000 a piece, you are sure that your clog will be handled by the right truck and professional for the job! Do you want to have to guess what’s in your lines or what size pipe you are facing so that you call the right jetting professional or do you want to know that whoever you hire has the right truck with the right tools/nozzles with the right pressure and power to do the job the first time? Here at Solutions we have the RIGHT truck, with the RIGHT tools with the RIGHT pressure to handle any situation.