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Clogged Pipes and Drain Repair

Determining your drain pipe problem can sometimes be more complicated than you think. Drain pipes can be broken in many different ways representing many different problems. We suggest calling a professional plumber to examine and correctly fix the plumbing problem. The experts at ACS Plumbing are trained in drain pipe and plumbing services. We have repaired the most common drain pipe problems found in homes and businesses and dealt with virtually every commercial or residential plumbing problem that may exist.

Most Common Drain Pipe Repair Problems

Mild Blockages — Fixing Drain Pipe Clogs

The simplest blockage that occurs in a drain pipe is a clog. Most of the time these blockages are caused by a collection of hair strands or greasy matter that becomes solid inside the plumbing system. Ways you can tell you might have a mild blockage is if the drain is slower than usual, water is backing up, moisture is showing up on the walls around where the drain pipe is, or the sound of gurgling can be heard when water is draining out.

Toilet Drain Line with Poor Ventilation

The purpose of the venting system in the toilet is for air to adjust the pressure in the drain line to permit fluid water flow. When the vent system is not working correctly, you might see your toilet’s water levels rising or falling abruptly. The experts at ACS Plumbing can fix this problem before it leads to a more serious and costly plumbing issue.

Tree Roots — They Can Wreck your Drain Pipes and Septic System

If your home or business is located near trees, you may find yourself falling into a more serious drain pipe problem. If tree roots, looking for moisture, find the drain system, and if there are any damages such as cracks, the roots will find their way into the drain and slowly start to grow inside. As the roots grow larger, the drain system becomes much less efficient. The longer this problem is left unchecked, the more costly the eventual plumbing solution can be.

Signs Your Pipes Are Clogged

Signs that you may have a sewer drain clog:

Multiple Fixtures Are Clogged — A very obvious sign of a sewer drain clog is when more than one plumbing fixture backs up at the same time. The toilets in particular are affected by this, but other fixtures can also be involved. If you suspect that you have a sewer drain clog start by checking other fixtures in the home.

Toilets — Toilets have the most direct path to the sewer and the biggest drain line in the house, so if there is a problem with the sewer drain you will notice it here. It is rare to have a main line sewer stoppage and the toilets are working correctly.

Tub and Shower — Other drains typically affected by a main line stoppage are those in the tub and shower. This is due to the fact that they sit lower down than say a sink drain. Check whether the tub and shower drains are blocked if you suspect a sewer drain clog.

Strange Reactions When Using Fixtures — The next thing to look for when you suspect a sewer drain clog are any unexpected or unusual reactions when using plumbing fixtures.

Flush The Toilet — If flushing the toilet results in water backing up or coming up into the tub or shower this is usually a clear sign of a sewer drain clog. The flushed water that can not go down the sewer drain flows back up the pipes and comes out at the lowest point which is usually the shower drain.

Run The Sink — Another strange reaction to look for is trapped air in the plumbing system. Do this by running water in the sink closest to the toilet for a minute or so. If the toilet bubbles or you can see the water level in the toilet rising then the clog is very likely in the main sewer line and not in the toilet.

Washing Machine — An unexpected sign of a sewer drain clog can happen when you run the wash machine. If the water draining out of the washing machine causes the toilet to overflow or backs up into the tub or shower it could be the sewer main.