Bathroom Sink Odor Part – III

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DRAIN, VENT AND WASTE

The following diagram illustrates problems had with improper drain systems. Here, we see a kitchen sink drain line having excessive bends and length of pipe in the composition of the drain line.

This kitchen sink drain diagram illustrates inefficient piping.

  1. Too many elbows (This diagram illustrates 7 bends, not including the trap. Sometimes, there is no other choice but to use the number of bends you end up using when we consider trying to get the drain from the sink to the stack.)
  2. Length of the drain line (Again, this problem may not be avoidable)
  3. Inside diameter of the pipe for the application
  4. Poor venting

From the kitchen sink, the piping generally disappears into the wall behind the cabinet. The piping will run horizontally to a tee. From the tee, the pipe will become vertical. Gravity will lead water down from the branch of the tee. And, air will flow in from above the tee, through the sewer or plumbing vent. Proper installation of the plumbing system will determine problems or efficiency in the use of the drain. In the diagram above, the vertical pipe from the tee leads down to a 90 degree bend. The pipe travels horizontally for a short distance and then drops from a second 90 degree bend. Following the drop, there is a third 90 degree bend then the pipe is horizontal until it runs over to the stack and meets a 45 degree bend and then drops into the sewer.

The use of 90 degree bends should be avoided where possible. What occurs is, the grey water from the kitchen sink becomes vented when it drops through the branch of the tee. However, the ventilation is lost as soon as the waste water piles in the 90 degree bend after dropping from the tee. From there, the grey water, levels out and is now vented from the air in the sewer. But, then there is a second horizontal drop where the water meets another 90 bend. The water will level off and then travel to the sewer.

You may be wondering why the 90 degree bends are a problem. The answer is, the vent is choked off, water stops flowing until the air inside the pipe can vent it. The waste water may carry debris that will lodge itself in the bends of the pipe or in imperfect pitched pipe. Once this occurs, the build up will become a restriction and then, eventually a blockage. If the use of 90 degree bends is necessary, consider using long sweep 90 degree bends. Or, use 2 – 45 degree bends to make a long sweep 90. Using 2 – 45 degree bends will allow a longer turn radius. The affect a long turn radius has, is to allow water and air to have a more laminar flow through the bend then would occur if the bend was a tight 90 degree turn radius. Where possible, use 45 degree bends to move the sewage through vertical to horizontal transitions. This allows the vent line to be maintained. Also, determine the amount of volume that will pass from the sink. The standard for drains found in a home is based on a 1- 1/4″ to 1-1/2″ drain from the fixture. Your drainage line should be 11/2″ to 2″ diameter, depending on the use. If you are piping a bathroom sink drain, you can reliably use 11/2″ drain pipe to discharge water from the sink to the sewer. If you are piping a kitchen sink with more than one compartment, be sure to drain each compartment to an 1-1/2″ pipe then to a larger pipe when branching to the other compartments. This will allow air flow to continue when two compartments drain simultaneously.

The following video is taken from a project we were involved in, to re-pipe a drain line. The total linear footage for the kitchen drain line was approximately 75 feet. Piping a drain line for this distance is impossible to keep proper pitch (1/4″ fall for every 12″ of horizontal travel) in residential joist. In order to give the pipe proper pitch, the pipe needs to be routed to an outside wall, while remaining in the joist, at 1/4″ per foot pitch. As soon as a wall is reached, drop into the wall ( or, in our case…onto the basement wall where studs will be placed later) and use the vertical space inside the wall to run the distance.

In running excessively long lines for drainage, one of the most common problems is blockages occur as the drain line remains the same diameter throughout the distance of the drain line. What eventually occurs is occlusion. The pipe will eventually lose its vent line as the pipe fills with debris. If we maintain our pitch and increase the pipe size, adding clean outs (keeping them accessible) we can maintain these long lines. Also, we have the ability to monitor the flow in the line with clean outs.

 

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Bathroom Sink Odor Part – II

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CLOGGED SINK DRAIN IN COLD WEATHER

Clogged drain lines occur due to freezing. If there is moisture, and the temperature is freezing or below, you can develop a frozen drain or vent.

You are washing dishes and pull the plug to allow the water in the sink to drain. Suddenly, the drain stops. You try drain opening chemicals. You plunge the sink in a manner that looks as if you entered a cow milking contest. You attempt to use a drain auger (cable or snake). Nothing is working.

You will notice one of two conditions. You cable so far, and your cable seems to have hit a brick wall. Or, you cable until you have no cable left and have not encountered any resistance and still no drainage. Seems impossible, right? You won’t know the reality until it has happened to you. Aside from having grease buildup or food blocking the drain line, frozen drain piping may be the reason your sink will not drain. In the illustration above, freezing occurs two ways.

  1. A sink on an outside wall will slowly accumulate ice as water flows and disperses. Water runs in and settles at a point where the temperature inside the wall is freezing or below. Each time the fixture must use the drain, another layer of ice builds on top of what was previously formed.

If you have a garbage disposer (garbage disposal), you will actually accelerate the process of creating a blockage. What you are doing when using your disposal during freezing conditions is not just adding water to the drain as it is building the restricting layers of ice. But, you are adding density. Build up occurs faster. So, in freezing weather, avoid using the garbage disposer.

  1. In addition to the description above, another way for blockage to occur is by restricting air flow. Frost accumulates in the plumbing vent.

Vapor from sewer gas or steam from hot water rises and settles against the interior of the vent pipe. Given enough time, the vent becomes restricted with a buildup of frost, formed by vapors and or steam.

How to thaw your frozen drain. First, be sure the vent is not the problem. If you are cabling your sink drain and encounter no resistance, know your vent is within 6 ft. – 8 ft. from the trap and you have put 10 ft. to 15 ft. of cable in the drain line, you may have restriction in the vent. Go up on the roof and look down the pipe that is smallest and comes through the roof, closest to your sink location. If you see frost, in the pipe, run water from the garden hose down the vent. If the vent overflows, push the hose down the vent pipe as far as it will go. Chances are, you are now getting the warmer water directly onto the spot where the vent pipe is restricted with frost. When the water begins to drain, congratulations, you have now restored the vent and may now have a functional sink drain, providing you do not also have a frozen drain in the wall.

If your drain arm in the wall has frozen, allow heat to the cabinet where the pipe disappears into the wall. Now, you are going to have to go through a long process of running scalding hot water until the sink backs up, vacuum the water completely out of the sink and the drain line. Repeat the process. Eventually, the ice will melt and you will have to minimize the use of that sink until the weather returns to normally expected temperature. I did this recently and it took over two hours to restore flow to the drain.

Diagnosing and fixing the drainage problem for a sink, shower or bathtub may be a long and difficult process. Be safe. If fixing the issue is something that is risky or not being understood, contact a drain service company. The range of pricing for a company who cares to do the job correctly is within $145.00 – $225.00. Sewer cleaning service may be $245-$365. This depends on material used in piping, age of the house which would help the plumber understand the plumbing code that was used in assembling the plumbing system, access to the plumbing and what is assumed to be creating the blockage. Another consideration in pricing is what method is being used to clear a blockage. What machinery?

 

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Bathroom Sink Odor Part – I

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Bathroom sink odor occurs by virtue of what the sink does. It drains grey water. (Poor venting can also be the culprit behind bathroom sink drain odor. We will get to that. But first, let’s discuss the build and use of the sink.)

The bathroom sink carries bacteria from washed hands, cleaning stains from clothing and brushing teeth. Because the drain assembly allows for air to get to the moistened piping below the mouth of the drain, bacteria, mold and mildew settle into the drain assembly. With the bacteria that gets washed down the drain, the drain assembly is a natural sort of petri dish. With use, mold, mildew and bacterial growth continue and sink odor is what alarms us to a need to investigate the source.

Above the trap, there is usually about 14″ of pipe that is open to air. This is the tail piece and the pop-up assembly. Here is where every home’s built in petri dish resides.

In order to treat this part of the bathroom sink drain and inhibit odor causing bacteria from growing, the homeowner must be able to get an anti-microbial to the drain assembly and the overflow. (The overflow is locate just below the sink rim. Normally on the front or back of the basin).

One of the anti-microbial solutions that can be found on the shelves at The Home Depot is a product called Micro Ban found in a line of cleaners under the brand name, “Legend”. (HOWEVER, BE CAREFUL. IF YOU HAVE A SEPTIC SYSTEM, YOU DO NOT WANT TO INTRODUCE ANTI BACTERIA AGENTS INTO YOUR PIPES. YOU WILL WIPE OUT YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM.) The use of bleach kills almost any type of bacteria. However, mold only spores and becomes air born. This means, if you decide to ignore good advice and use bleach to kill mold, you may cause it to spore and lodge wherever it lands. That could be in your lungs or someone else’s.

Use a spray bottle to get the Micro Ban cleaner into the overflow. Dowse the overflow generously, as the flow will develop and then only trail in one part of the overflow conductor. Then poor about five ounces of micro ban into the drain assembly of the sink. This should inundate the piping and allow for a well treated drain line.

There is only two other methods of getting an anti-microbial to the overflow and the drain.

  • If your bathroom sink’s drain pipe has a flush mounted (Dandy) clean out in line, you could purchase an inflatable test ball to stop water in the line. Then fill the line with an antimicrobial up to the rim of the sink.
  • You could also remove the sink from the wall….(Turn the water to the sink off. Remove the trap and the supply tubes) now take the sink off the wall and soak it in an anti-microbial.

A second product recommended by Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning is, RX-66 Bio Enzyme Digester, by Airx Laboratories.

About the trap. The trap is supposed to be filled with water in order to bar gases coming from the sewer and entering the dwelling. However, if the trap does not have water in it, naturally, gas will emanate from the drain. If your trap does not hold water, call a sewer and drain cleaner or a plumber to investigate. We did say earlier we would provide more information on “poor venting”. Here it is:

A customer called describing a sewer gas odor coming from his kitchen sink, bathroom sink and tub drain. Upon visiting, we could see the kitchen sink drain was not connected to a vent. What made matters even more intolerable for the drains around the house is, there was a garbage disposal unit on the kitchen sink. Without a vent on the kitchen sink and the use of a garbage disposer, water is being pumped through unvented pipe and air has to be pulled into the pipe from somewhere. That somewhere is by a vacuum being created in the drain lines. The water in the traps in the tub and the sink is sucked into the sewer line, leaving the traps with no water. The absence of water in the traps, is to allow sewer gas to enter the dwelling through the sink and tub drains. (Traps are installed to trap water which seals out gases)

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My Sink Won’t Drain In Milford, Ma Part – III

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Sewer and drain cleaning should be cost effective and efficient. Not only that. But, consumers need to be able to trust a service provider. Therefore, we want to build a relationship with you under our company motto: “Affordable, Efficient and Trustworthy”. We may not of had the opportunity to meet, yet. So, please take the opportunity to visit the “Reviews” tab on this website. All reviews recorded here, on our website have been imported from the actual site they were left on, by the consumer. A hyper – text link is also available under the “Reviews” tab to redirect you to the source from which we imported the review. A clogged drain is frustrating, inconvenient and messy. When you call Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning Service in Bellingham, MA (as well as Mendon, Wrentham, Foxboro and Franklin, MA) to restore flow to a clogged drain, we do our best leave your home like it never happened.

One of the benefits our clients have in a relationship with Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning Service is being invited to consult us and ask for over the phone assistance and advice on clogged drain and plumbing issues. We also provide you with an online reference tool where you will find diagrams, videos, step-by-step instructions and articles written with the intent to help the consumer help themselves before contacting a service professional. We can’t make you a professional sewer and drain cleaning service technician . Practice, technique, equipment and knowledge of the sewer and drain cleaning industry are the necessary elements to being an effective and efficient sewer and drain cleaning technician. If you want to restore flow to a clogged drain or a blocked sewer, look to Anchor sewer and drain cleaning Service, the drain and sewer cleaning experts of Massachusetts. An Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning service technician has those elements.

Our drain and sewer cleaning service administers the use of a jetter, snake and camera in sewer line issues and when needed for a particularly difficult clogged drain. Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning technicians will restore flow to blocked sewer systems, relieve a slow or clogged drain and resolve septic tank issues. Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning service also performs video inspections. We also network with reputable Rhode Island and Massachusetts plumbers for repair services needed while handling your sanitary drainage issues. Our goal is to provide a better standard for drain cleaning, sewer cleaning, septic cleaning, and septic system repair service in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, especially in our local service area of Bellingham, Mendon, Franklin, and Foxboro. Our technicians utilize solid sewer and drain cleaning techniques. Having experienced various types of sewer and drain systems up and down the east coast, our crew has seen many of the sewer and drain systems in use. In Massachusetts and Rhode Island, our drain cleaning technicians service large and small businesses as well as apartments and single family homes. We serve the entire area, but especially Bellingham, Franklin, and Mendon.

 

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My Sink Won’t Drain In Milford, Ma Part – II

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Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning Service is founded on the desire to build strong relationships with our clients. Our customer service skill is our most valuable asset. Without it, we fail to build relationships with our clients. If we fail there, we fail in business. For this reason, we are constantly posting and updating our blog in order to provide a link to our customers and give them instruction on how they may help themselves in solving drain and plumbing issues. You may visit The Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning Service self help section by clicking on the tab in the upper right hand corner of the website, entitled, Do It Yourself to find information the pros know and use to restore a clogged drain. By visiting our blog, you will find charts, diagrams, videos and step – by – step instruction to help you solve common problems around your home or place of business.

We at Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning Service live as part of the human family. Therefore, we believe in doing our very best to help one another. Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning Service is not just about clearing a clogged drain to make a dollar. If you are having drainage trouble, call us to consult with one of our technicians. Or, you also have the blog as a reference tool. We will give you the information you need to help you dispose of your plumbing issues. Not all sewer and drainage issues are easy to fix. If you have tried our advice and still have difficulty, give us a call. We will visit, evaluate the problem, determine what will need to be done to fix it and provide you with an upfront estimate. No service charges unless using a tool is required in the diagnostic process.

Sewer and drain cleaning should be cost effective and efficient. Not only that. But, consumers need to be able to trust a service provider. Therefore, we want to build a relationship with you under our company motto: “Affordable, Efficient and Trustworthy”. We may not of had the opportunity to meet, yet. So, please take the opportunity to visit the “Reviews” tab on this website. All reviews recorded here, on our website have been imported from the actual site they were left on, by the consumer. A hyper – text link is also available under the “Reviews” tab to redirect you to the source from which we imported the review. A clogged drain is frustrating, inconvenient and messy. When you call Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning Service in Bellingham, MA (as well as Mendon, Wrentham, Foxboro and Franklin, MA) to restore flow to a clogged drain, we do our best leave your home like it never happened.

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My Sink Won’t Drain In Milford, Ma Part – I

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DRAIN CLEANING SERVICE

Drain cleaning service implies the home owner or place of business has a problem with a branch line. But not always.

A branch line is smaller than the main sewer line. Therefore, if water remains standing in a tub and say, the sink and toilet in that bathroom group does drain, you have a blockage in your tub drain. Therefore, there is a need for a drain cleaning service. However, suppose an in ground swimming pool has a clogged drain. The inside diameter of the pipe used for the drain on this pool could be as large as 8 inches in diameter. Due to the size of this “drain”, we must use knowledge and equipment suited for sewer cleaning service.

Drain cleaning service is possible by small waste line cleaning machines. These are also known as branch line machines. Drain cleaning service machines are generally a 3/8″ or a 1/4″ cable being spun in a branch line machine. A drain cleaning service machine is smaller and lighter than a main line machine. However, as previously stated, if a drain line is large enough, a mainline machine may be used.

When a drain cleaning service is called, the technician suspects he will be using his small drain cleaning service machine instead of a main line machine. Implied ‘drain cleaning’ service is interpreted by the technician due to the information gathered from a good office staff. The dispatcher will answer the phone and follow up the caller’s statements with some questions, leading to an understanding as to what service is needed. If the dispatcher concludes the caller has only a clogged branch line, then the dispatcher dispatches a technician proficient in understanding the different types of drainage material and systems serviced by a drain cleaning service. More times than not, the dispatcher will hear a very definitive, ” My bathroom sink won’t drain “. That pretty much takes the guess work out of what type of work will be done to restore flow.

If the dispatcher concludes the caller has a main line issue, the dispatcher would send a sewer cleaning technician. This is a technician who has a complete understanding of main sewer lines, the system design and the material used in the location the technician will be sent.

Occasionally, the caller will state there are simultaneous drain cleaning needs. For instance, the tub and bathroom sink are holding water. However, the toilet in that bathroom does not have trouble flushing. Again, since the problem is on the branch lines, the dispatcher will send a technician proficient at performing a drain cleaning service. The dispatcher understands the need for a drain cleaning service since the toilet, normally connected directly to the main sewer line does flush and the branch lines do not flow.

Suppose the call is from a commercial property. For example, a restaurant calls and says they are having trouble with floor drains and sinks not draining. Or, the caller says the sinks are draining. However, when the sinks empty their compartments, the floor drains allow water to rise and spill onto the floor. Sinks and floor drains are normally considered branch lines, so a the call would be logged as a drain cleaning service. Therefor, the dispatcher will send a drain cleaning service technician.

However, this is a difficult call for a dispatcher since floor drains can be as large as four inches in large restaurants and generally, sink drains in restaurants are no larger than 2″ in diameter. If the sink drains are branching into a part of the sewer system that is also picking up the floor drains, there may be a blockage in the fitting which conveys flow from both the floor drain to the main sewer line. This would be considered a drain cleaning service. Or, the blockage could be in the main sewer line just after the branch line fitting. This would be a main line service. In this case, the dispatcher will want to send a technician who is skilled and equipped to handle both a main line and drain cleaning service for branch lines.

At Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning Service, our technicians are skilled and knowledgeable in drain cleaning service and main line sewer issues.

Drain cleaning service and removing blockages from main sewer lines are not that different. Size and material are mainly what set the two services apart. As you read from the paragraph above, in a commercial venue, there may be a need for drain cleaning service or main line. That is why most sewer and drain cleaning service companies hire technicians skilled and knowledgeable at both main line and drain cleaning service.

One last scenario. Recall the pool situation at the top of this page. If the drain line on a pool is six inches in diameter and the drain line runs 200 feet, the technician responding should not be just a drain cleaning service technician. He should be someone skilled at both sewer and drain cleaning service. Reason being, the size and distance of the run, though it does not drain sewage, will call for drain cleaning service equipment.

 

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Clogged Drain In Woonsocket, RI Part – III

MAINTAINING A SEPTIC SYSTEM

You Do Not Have to Replace a Failed Septic System

The scope of this post is to discuss options for septic system maintenance and septic system failure. The over whelming majority of septic systems function by anaerobic bacterial action. Sewage leaves the house or place of business and is stored in the septic tank until the anaerobic bacteria breaks the sewage down. Then it is conveyed to the distribution box in the form of effluent.

The distribution box is a second tank in the septic system between the septic tank and the leach field. Effluent flows from the septic tank to the distribution box and to the various number of leaching lines in the leach field.

In the leach field, anaerobic bacteria continues breaking down, and digesting solids that have left the septic tank. The leach field is originally tasked with absorbing effluent. However, it was discovered that solids, still suspended in the effluent are found in the leach field, where the anaerobic bacteria is still attempting to digest them. The presence of biological material and anaerobic bacteria in the leach field is the death of the leach field. Remember, anaerobic action does not dispose of biological material very quickly. The build up in the leach field occurs faster than the bacteria can dispose of the material. This action begins on day one of a new septic system. It is just a matter of time, before the anaerobic system will need replaced.

Notice, to the bottom of the left side of the septic tank in the photo above, there is an inordinate amount of sludge. Even still, effluent carries with it, suspended particulate solids that do not break down or disappear under the digestive action of anaerobic bacteria. The sludge and scum level floating in the effluent are testimony to the inefficient performance of an anaerobic septic system. This inefficiency is why our septic system needs maintaining.

You will also notice the three risers on the top of the tank. Many septic tanks do not have this feature. There are, however, three covers you will need to unearth to provide maintenance service to your tank. Rather than dig these up every 1 – 3 years, install risers and cap them. This will make pumping your tank a lot easier and quicker.

Try as we might, the filter tee is the last defense in protecting our leach field and distribution box from solids accumulating in the distribution box or in the leaching lines. This will shut down a septic system before its’ time. If the problem is sludge and grease buildup in a failed leach field, this can be remedied by jetting. Hydro jetting or water jetting can be done as a diagnostic step toward remediation. However, with age, there exist a very strong possibility the leach field is not going to be functional after hydro jetting. Here is why and what you need to do.

What Can Be Done With a Failed Septic System?

Remediate a Failed Septic System

A failed septic system is not the end of the world. You just need to know what to do and how to save the thousands of dollars it would take to replace a failed septic system.

Septic systems fail due to 2 common developments in the leach field.

  1. Hard Pan Soil – Hard pan soil occurs due to mineral build up in the soil, around the leaching lines. There are some products on the market, today that offer relief from hard pan soil. The product used by Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning is Septic Drainer.
  2. Bio-Mat – Bio-mat occurs due to the migration of solid biological material and anaerobic bacterial action in the leach field. Because septic systems can not filter out 100% of the solid material that goes to the septic tank, particles accumulate in the leachfield. Anaerobic bacteria attempts to digest the solids. However, the anaerobic bacteria produces a slime. This slime builds, along with the accumulation of solids and creates an impervious membrane in the soil, baring leaching ability. Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning uses Pirana Aerobic Bacteria Generators to convert septic tanks to aerobic tanks. The aerobic bacteria is much more effective at digesting the solids. Also, Pirana uses a facultative anaerobe that has the ability to switch in and out of aerobic and anaerobic environments. When solids traverse to the drain field, so does the bacteria generated in the ‘septic’ tank.

Being pro-active is the best policy. Do not allow your septic system to develop such difficult problems as bio-mat and hard pan soil. A new septic system should convert to an aerobic system, such as Pirana. The benefits would be,

  • Protecting the concrete components of the septic system from corrosive gases
  • Protecting the soil from bio-mat in the leach field
  • A faster digestive action in the septic tank. Meaning there will be very little solid material arriving in the distribution box.
  • No sewer odor

 

Every five years, instead of having your septic tank pumped, have the leach field jetted and treated with septic drainer. This will eliminate mineral buildup, keeping the leach field ready to absorb effluent from the septic tank. Which, in the case of a Pirana user, the effluent will have a much cleaner presence with minimal solid material, accompanied by facultative anaerobes.

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Clogged Drain In Woonsocket, RI Part – II

FAILED SEPTIC SYSTEM RESTORED IN 18 DAYS

Find Help For Septic System Problems

The article and photos below discuss maintenance for a septic system. This post also records the progress of an aerobic bacterial generator for 30 days after the installation of an aerating device.

Prior to the installation of an aerating system, this septic tank had 3 inches of “scum” floating on the surface. (This ‘scum’ layer exist due to the poor digestive action of anaerobic bacteria. Exactly why we install aerobic bacterial generators) In order to lower the aerating stone to the bottom of the tank, a hole had to be cut in the scum layer. The tank was not pumped in 15 months and had undergone excessive use and abuse. If you look at the picture, you can see the turbulence created by the aerator pumping 3.5 cubic feet of air per minute. Among the turbulence, the scum can be seen. Look at the results, just 18 days after the aerator and aerobic bacteria were introduced.

No scum layer can be seen. The introduction and cultivation process of aerobic bacteria is proven. Aerobic bacteria completely digest organic solids, leaving only gas and water behind. Since the aerator is emitting 3.5 cubic feet per second of air inside the septic tank, positive pressure is built and the gases are forced out of the septic system, through the plumbing system’s ventilation piping.

What happens with anaerobic bacteria (which is found in traditional septic systems) is simply not enough bacterial activity to successfully maintain a septic system. This is why we must have our anaerobic septic tanks pumped every two to three years. Anaerobic systems will eventually fail, no matter how often you have it pumped due to a bi-product of anaerobic bacteria called bio mat.

Bio mat is a slime that will eventually completely close the porous soil, inhibiting the absorbing ability of the soil. Effluent will have no place to go but to the surface.

Another adverse effect of anaerobic bacteria is corrosive gas that contains high levels of alkali. The alkali works to reduce the strength of the concrete components of a septic system. Eventually, those components will collapse.

Above all, the very reason your septic system requires pumping is anaerobic bacteria does not break down solids as effectively as aerobic bacteria. The waste accumulates faster than the anaerobic bacteria can keep up with it.

The above photo graph was taken 30 days after the installation of the aerator. As you can see, the progress continues. Notice the clarity of the effluent and the uniform bubble pattern. This is evidence of solids being digested in the tank and not being suspended in the effluent going to the drain field. This is important because anaerobic action does not occur in the leach field, building layers of bio-mat which will cause the failure of your septic system. The uniform bubble pattern tells us the effluent is not thick with heavy solids as in the first two photos

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Clogged Drain In Woonsocket, RI Part – I

DRAIN CLEANING SERVICE

Drain cleaning service implies the home owner or place of business has a problem with a branch line. But not always.

A branch line is smaller than the main sewer line. Therefore, if water remains standing in a tub and say, the sink and toilet in that bathroom group does drain, you have a blockage in your tub drain. Therefore, there is a need for a drain cleaning service. However, suppose an in ground swimming pool has a clogged drain. The inside diameter of the pipe used for the drain on this pool could be as large as 8 inches in diameter. Due to the size of this “drain”, we must use knowledge and equipment suited for sewer cleaning service.

Drain cleaning service is possible by small waste line cleaning machines. These are also known as branch line machines. Drain cleaning service machines are generally a 3/8″ or a 1/4″ cable being spun in a branch line machine. A drain cleaning service machine is smaller and lighter than a main line machine. However, as previously stated, if a drain line is large enough, a mainline machine may be used.

When a drain cleaning service is called, the technician suspects he will be using his small drain cleaning service machine instead of a main line machine. Implied ‘drain cleaning’ service is interpreted by the technician due to the information gathered from a good office staff. The dispatcher will answer the phone and follow up the caller’s statements with some questions, leading to an understanding as to what service is needed. If the dispatcher concludes the caller has only a clogged branch line, then the dispatcher dispatches a technician proficient in understanding the different types of drainage material and systems serviced by a drain cleaning service. More times than not, the dispatcher will hear a very definitive, ” My bathroom sink won’t drain “. That pretty much takes the guess work out of what type of work will be done to restore flow.

If the dispatcher concludes the caller has a main line issue, the dispatcher would send a sewer cleaning technician. This is a technician who has a complete understanding of main sewer lines, the system design and the material used in the location the technician will be sent.

Occasionally, the caller will state there are simultaneous drain cleaning needs. For instance, the tub and bathroom sink are holding water. However, the toilet in that bathroom does not have trouble flushing. Again, since the problem is on the branch lines, the dispatcher will send a technician proficient at performing a drain cleaning service. The dispatcher understands the need for a drain cleaning service since the toilet, normally connected directly to the main sewer line does flush and the branch lines do not flow.

Suppose the call is from a commercial property. For example, a restaurant calls and says they are having trouble with floor drains and sinks not draining. Or, the caller says the sinks are draining. However, when the sinks empty their compartments, the floor drains allow water to rise and spill onto the floor. Sinks and floor drains are normally considered branch lines, so a the call would be logged as a drain cleaning service. Therefor, the dispatcher will send a drain cleaning service technician.

However, this is a difficult call for a dispatcher since floor drains can be as large as four inches in large restaurants and generally, sink drains in restaurants are no larger than 2″ in diameter. If the sink drains are branching into a part of the sewer system that is also picking up the floor drains, there may be a blockage in the fitting which conveys flow from both the floor drain to the main sewer line. This would be considered a drain cleaning service. Or, the blockage could be in the main sewer line just after the branch line fitting. This would be a main line service. In this case, the dispatcher will want to send a technician who is skilled and equipped to handle both a main line and drain cleaning service for branch lines.

At Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning Service, our technicians are skilled and knowledgeable in drain cleaning service and main line sewer issues.

Drain cleaning service and removing blockages from main sewer lines are not that different. Size and material are mainly what set the two services apart. As you read from the paragraph above, in a commercial venue, there may be a need for drain cleaning service or main line. That is why most sewer and drain cleaning service companies hire technicians skilled and knowledgeable at both main line and drain cleaning service.

One last scenario. Recall the pool situation at the top of this page. If the drain line on a pool is six inches in diameter and the drain line runs 200 feet, the technician responding should not be just a drain cleaning service technician. He should be someone skilled at both sewer and drain cleaning service. Reason being, the size and distance of the run, though it does not drain sewage, will call for drain cleaning service equipment.

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Septic Tank Maintenance In Wrentham Ma Part – III

MY BATHROOM SINK WON’T DRAIN

From a sewer and drain cleaner/plumber’s perspective, the following video is almost right. Please watch the following You tube video in order to have an understanding of the following steps.

This information will be useful for the do-it-yourself drain cleaner fattempting to clear a blocage on a bathroom sink. Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning wants to help you help yourself. In the event the bathroom sink does not drain, after implementing the following steps, give us a call. There are times when circumstances exist, which will not permit the use of the following steps in order to clear a drain.

  1. You will need to remove the water from the sink and drain pipe, at least to the trap.
  2. Remove the trip lever (ball and rod in video)
  3. Remove the pop-up plug
  4. Reinstall the trip lever
  5. Fill the sink bowl half full of water.
  6. Cover the over flow with one hand
  7. Place a plunger over the drain and plunge with the standing water. If water is beginning to drain out while plunging, add some water and remove the plunger to see if the sink will drain.
  8. Once the sink drains and water has been running for about 30 seconds and draining out of the sink, shut the faucet off and remove the trip lever.
  9. Reinstall the trip lever and pop up plug. Lower the pop up plug through the mouth of the drain. Insert the trip lever through the back of the drain assembly while catching the pop -up plug.
  10. When you are sure you have caught the trip lever, thread the trip lever back down to the drain assembly tee.

 

That is how to get a bathroom sink to drain. If this does not work for you, please don’t feel bad. You probably have a stubborn blockage in which case, you need a professional. Give Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning a call at 508-530-1062 in S.E. Massachusetts. Or, if you live in Rhode Island, call 508-838-9645.

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Diagnosing and fixing the drainage problem for a sink, shower or bathtub may be a long and difficult process. Be safe. If fixing the issue is something that is risky or not being understood, contact a drain service company. The range of pricing for a company who cares to do the job correctly is within $145.00 – $225.00. This depends on material used in piping, age of the house which would help the plumber understand the plumbing code that was used in assembling the plumbing system, access to the plumbing and what is assumed to be creating the blockage.

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