Garbage Disposal Part – II

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MAIN LINE SEWER TRAPS

The Old Method of Trapping Sewer Gas.

In areas of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, sewer blockages and clogged drains are often the result of having a main line trap. Main line sewer traps were originally installed with a few purposes in mind. One reason to install a trap on the sewer line was to literally trap debris or objects accidentally finding their way into the sewer line. Intended to be easy, trap cleanouts were installed with the idea of a home owner being able to remove the obstruction by removing clean out plugs and physically removing the items in the trap. The vision was lost somewhere in history and main line sewer traps have shown up in places where they are difficult to service from day one of their installation.

Throughout Rhode Island, a drain cleaning technician will encounter difficulty with main line traps being buried in such cities as Pawtucket, Cranston, Providence and Woonsocket. The locations around South Eastern Massachusetts where a sewer trap may or may not be installed are not consistent. For Example, throughout New Bedford, the drain cleaning technician may find a street where a few houses have traps and others do not have main line sewer traps.

In the drawing above, you can see the trap as a ‘u’ shape in the sewer line. It has two caps pointing to the sky. Here in the drawing, the capped ends are labeled as “clean outs”. This is where the Sewer Cleaning Technician will first attempt to clear a blockage from since sewer backups often occur here at the trap or “house trap”. However, if the trap cleanouts are not accessible, then removing the cleanout plug from the downstream side is not an option. In some cases, the trap is unearthed by excavation and clearing the line of a blockage is much more expensive than if the trap were accessible to the technician. The trap is no longer necessary. If the trap has to be excavated to service it, do not allow it to remain in the line. Replace it with a strait piece of pipe. Or, if your home or place of business is in Rhode Island, the plumbing code in Rhode Island requires the trap be replaced with a back water valve. Back water valves are a great idea, anyway. Ask anyone who has had sewage from the main city sewer, back into their home. Not just sewer water from your house. So, you can’t control it. You will get sewage from upstream of your house with out a back water valve if the city main backs up!

Reasons for drain cleaning difficulty

  • the trap itself inhibits the ability of the sewer and drain cleaning technician from getting the sewer cleaning cable across the trap. So, the outlet side of the trap must be opened.
  • the trap may not have been opened in decades. For the sewer and drain cleaning tech., this often means cutting the cap out or using a chisel to pry it out.
  • the trap is often buried in the ground, making the task of opening the trap impossible for sewer and drain cleaning technicians. This would then mean the technician will have to play a game of skill against the trap to manipulate a cable or a jet hose through the trap to clear the clogged sewer line.

More purpose was given to main line sewer traps. Traps were installed in mainline residential sewers to prevent sewer gas and rodents from entering the house and allow the home owner an opportunity to prevent sewer blockage by trapping foreign objects that are not flushable. However, if the trap is not serviceable, and buried in the earth, one of the advantages to having a trap is gone.

House traps are also irrelevant due to the fact once the piping on the house side of the trap becomes soiled, noxious and dangerous gases still infiltrate the home. So, the practice of installing a trap at every fixture in the house was implemented.

Having a house trap in the mainline and a trap at a fixture is what is known by plumbers and drain cleaners as double trapping. The international plumbing code forbids double trapping. Double trapping in itself can inhibit the flow of sewage and promote sewer and drain back-ups. So, it is worth having the main line trap removed in order to avoid inconvenience and costly sewer clogs.

House traps are very common in Pawtucket, Rhode Island; Cranston, Rhode Island; Providence and Woonsocket. However, they are spotty and often unpredictable as to where the sewer and drain cleaning professionals will find them with in the cities of Massachusetts.

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. Main sewer line cleaning service can cost $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.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us atMy Toilet Won’t Flush, My Sink Won’t Drain, Sewer Cleaner and Drain Cleaner, My Bathroom Sink Won’t Drain&Root Intrusion

 

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Garbage Disposal Part – II

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MAIN LINE SEWER TRAPS

The Old Method of Trapping Sewer Gas.

In areas of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, sewer blockages and clogged drains are often the result of having a main line trap. Main line sewer traps were originally installed with a few purposes in mind. One reason to install a trap on the sewer line was to literally trap debris or objects accidentally finding their way into the sewer line. Intended to be easy, trap cleanouts were installed with the idea of a home owner being able to remove the obstruction by removing clean out plugs and physically removing the items in the trap. The vision was lost somewhere in history and main line sewer traps have shown up in places where they are difficult to service from day one of their installation.

Throughout Rhode Island, a drain cleaning technician will encounter difficulty with main line traps being buried in such cities as Pawtucket, Cranston, Providence and Woonsocket. The locations around South Eastern Massachusetts where a sewer trap may or may not be installed are not consistent. For Example, throughout New Bedford, the drain cleaning technician may find a street where a few houses have traps and others do not have main line sewer traps.

In the drawing above, you can see the trap as a ‘u’ shape in the sewer line. It has two caps pointing to the sky. Here in the drawing, the capped ends are labeled as “clean outs”. This is where the Sewer Cleaning Technician will first attempt to clear a blockage from since sewer backups often occur here at the trap or “house trap”. However, if the trap cleanouts are not accessible, then removing the cleanout plug from the downstream side is not an option. In some cases, the trap is unearthed by excavation and clearing the line of a blockage is much more expensive than if the trap were accessible to the technician. The trap is no longer necessary. If the trap has to be excavated to service it, do not allow it to remain in the line. Replace it with a strait piece of pipe. Or, if your home or place of business is in Rhode Island, the plumbing code in Rhode Island requires the trap be replaced with a back water valve. Back water valves are a great idea, anyway. Ask anyone who has had sewage from the main city sewer, back into their home. Not just sewer water from your house. So, you can’t control it. You will get sewage from upstream of your house with out a back water valve if the city main backs up!

Reasons for drain cleaning difficulty

  • the trap itself inhibits the ability of the sewer and drain cleaning technician from getting the sewer cleaning cable across the trap. So, the outlet side of the trap must be opened.
  • the trap may not have been opened in decades. For the sewer and drain cleaning tech., this often means cutting the cap out or using a chisel to pry it out.
  • the trap is often buried in the ground, making the task of opening the trap impossible for sewer and drain cleaning technicians. This would then mean the technician will have to play a game of skill against the trap to manipulate a cable or a jet hose through the trap to clear the clogged sewer line.

More purpose was given to main line sewer traps. Traps were installed in mainline residential sewers to prevent sewer gas and rodents from entering the house and allow the home owner an opportunity to prevent sewer blockage by trapping foreign objects that are not flushable. However, if the trap is not serviceable, and buried in the earth, one of the advantages to having a trap is gone.

House traps are also irrelevant due to the fact once the piping on the house side of the trap becomes soiled, noxious and dangerous gases still infiltrate the home. So, the practice of installing a trap at every fixture in the house was implemented.

Having a house trap in the mainline and a trap at a fixture is what is known by plumbers and drain cleaners as double trapping. The international plumbing code forbids double trapping. Double trapping in itself can inhibit the flow of sewage and promote sewer and drain back-ups. So, it is worth having the main line trap removed in order to avoid inconvenience and costly sewer clogs.

House traps are very common in Pawtucket, Rhode Island; Cranston, Rhode Island; Providence and Woonsocket. However, they are spotty and often unpredictable as to where the sewer and drain cleaning professionals will find them with in the cities of Massachusetts.

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. Main sewer line cleaning service can cost $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.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us atMy Toilet Won’t Flush, My Sink Won’t Drain, Sewer Cleaner and Drain Cleaner, My Bathroom Sink Won’t Drain&Root Intrusion

 

Garbage Disposal Part – I

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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.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL NOT WORKING

Garbage disposers can often be the culprit behind a clogged kitchen sink. This usually occurs when an object has been deliberately or accidentally thrown into the garbage disposer and the garbage disposer will not grind the object. The disposer will become jammed or clogged. Either way, the object is impeding the ability to use the sink drain. We have provided step -by- step instruction on how to determine if your garbage disposer is causing your kitchen sink to become backed up.

Before performing the steps in diagnosing your garbage disposal, please acknowledge all safety precautions. Disconnect power in as many places as you can!

Normally, before a disposer will burn itself out when jammed, the internal circuit breaker, or Ground Fault Circuit interrupter will trip, discontinuing power to the disposer. Before pressing the reset button, you should take steps to determine what caused the interruption in current.

  1. Disconnect other power sources, to be sure there is no way the power will engage and cause electrical shock, or accidental activation of the disposer, should you clear the blockage.
  2. After the power is disconnected, use a flashlight and peer into the mouth of the garbage disposal. If you can not get your hand inside the mouth of the garbage disposal, use an object that will allow you to detect an obstruction in the grinding chamber. If you can, remove the object.
  3. The center shaft has a 1/4″ allan wrench slot beneath the garbage disposal unit. Use a 1/4″ allan wrench and work the shaft to turn the grinding wheel counter clockwise and clockwise to dislodge anything that may be stuck in the disposer.
  4. If you have the ability to run water without it backing up, turn the water on to help loosen the grinding wheel and flush out the debris as you use the 1/4″ allan wrench.
  5. Once you have determined the garbage disposer is no longer jammed, restore power and press the reset button located beneath the disposal.
  6. Activate the garbage disposal and run water. If the disposer makes no unusual sounds, spins freely and does not trip the circuit, congratulations. You have cleared the jammed disposer.
  7. If the disposer is working but the sink does not drain, you will need to cable the kitchen sink drain line.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Sewer and Drain Maintenance, My Tub Won’t Drain, My Kitchen Sink Won’t Drain, Sewer Blockage/Clogged Drain&My Toilet Drains Slowly

Garbage Disposal Part – I

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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.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL NOT WORKING

Garbage disposers can often be the culprit behind a clogged kitchen sink. This usually occurs when an object has been deliberately or accidentally thrown into the garbage disposer and the garbage disposer will not grind the object. The disposer will become jammed or clogged. Either way, the object is impeding the ability to use the sink drain. We have provided step -by- step instruction on how to determine if your garbage disposer is causing your kitchen sink to become backed up.

Before performing the steps in diagnosing your garbage disposal, please acknowledge all safety precautions. Disconnect power in as many places as you can!

Normally, before a disposer will burn itself out when jammed, the internal circuit breaker, or Ground Fault Circuit interrupter will trip, discontinuing power to the disposer. Before pressing the reset button, you should take steps to determine what caused the interruption in current.

  1. Disconnect other power sources, to be sure there is no way the power will engage and cause electrical shock, or accidental activation of the disposer, should you clear the blockage.
  2. After the power is disconnected, use a flashlight and peer into the mouth of the garbage disposal. If you can not get your hand inside the mouth of the garbage disposal, use an object that will allow you to detect an obstruction in the grinding chamber. If you can, remove the object.
  3. The center shaft has a 1/4″ allan wrench slot beneath the garbage disposal unit. Use a 1/4″ allan wrench and work the shaft to turn the grinding wheel counter clockwise and clockwise to dislodge anything that may be stuck in the disposer.
  4. If you have the ability to run water without it backing up, turn the water on to help loosen the grinding wheel and flush out the debris as you use the 1/4″ allan wrench.
  5. Once you have determined the garbage disposer is no longer jammed, restore power and press the reset button located beneath the disposal.
  6. Activate the garbage disposal and run water. If the disposer makes no unusual sounds, spins freely and does not trip the circuit, congratulations. You have cleared the jammed disposer.
  7. If the disposer is working but the sink does not drain, you will need to cable the kitchen sink drain line.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Sewer and Drain Maintenance, My Tub Won’t Drain, My Kitchen Sink Won’t Drain, Sewer Blockage/Clogged Drain&My Toilet Drains Slowly

Garbage Disposal Part – I

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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.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL NOT WORKING

Garbage disposers can often be the culprit behind a clogged kitchen sink. This usually occurs when an object has been deliberately or accidentally thrown into the garbage disposer and the garbage disposer will not grind the object. The disposer will become jammed or clogged. Either way, the object is impeding the ability to use the sink drain. We have provided step -by- step instruction on how to determine if your garbage disposer is causing your kitchen sink to become backed up.

Before performing the steps in diagnosing your garbage disposal, please acknowledge all safety precautions. Disconnect power in as many places as you can!

Normally, before a disposer will burn itself out when jammed, the internal circuit breaker, or Ground Fault Circuit interrupter will trip, discontinuing power to the disposer. Before pressing the reset button, you should take steps to determine what caused the interruption in current.

  1. Disconnect other power sources, to be sure there is no way the power will engage and cause electrical shock, or accidental activation of the disposer, should you clear the blockage.
  2. After the power is disconnected, use a flashlight and peer into the mouth of the garbage disposal. If you can not get your hand inside the mouth of the garbage disposal, use an object that will allow you to detect an obstruction in the grinding chamber. If you can, remove the object.
  3. The center shaft has a 1/4″ allan wrench slot beneath the garbage disposal unit. Use a 1/4″ allan wrench and work the shaft to turn the grinding wheel counter clockwise and clockwise to dislodge anything that may be stuck in the disposer.
  4. If you have the ability to run water without it backing up, turn the water on to help loosen the grinding wheel and flush out the debris as you use the 1/4″ allan wrench.
  5. Once you have determined the garbage disposer is no longer jammed, restore power and press the reset button located beneath the disposal.
  6. Activate the garbage disposal and run water. If the disposer makes no unusual sounds, spins freely and does not trip the circuit, congratulations. You have cleared the jammed disposer.
  7. If the disposer is working but the sink does not drain, you will need to cable the kitchen sink drain line.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Sewer and Drain Maintenance, My Tub Won’t Drain, My Kitchen Sink Won’t Drain, Sewer Blockage/Clogged Drain&My Toilet Drains Slowly

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logged 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?

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Clogged Toilet in Franklin, Ma, Clogged Sink in Franklin, Ma, Garbage Disposal Not Working in Franklin, Ma, Septic Tank Problems in Franklin, Ma&Septic Tank Maintenance in Franklin, Ma

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logged 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?

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Clogged Toilet in Franklin, Ma, Clogged Sink in Franklin, Ma, Garbage Disposal Not Working in Franklin, Ma, Septic Tank Problems in Franklin, Ma&Septic Tank Maintenance in Franklin, Ma

Our Drain And Sewer Cleaning Service

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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.

SEWER VENTILATION

The Roll of the Sewer Vent

Sewer vents are a hit and miss problem among plumbers and drain cleaning services. For one, a pipe occluded with root intrusion or build up is a pipe with no vent line. This pipe may not be completely filled side-t0-side and top – to – bottom. However, the usual volume of water will fill the void and thus cut off the flow of air. So, even if the pipe occlusion is in the drain arm, the ventilation will be a problem. Therefore, the problem does not necessarily get solved through the roof vent. This is, of course due to the “drain arm” or the drain line being clogged (occluded, meaning, there is no vent line above the water).

Diagnosing a plumbing vent often involves additional steps, because, plumbing vents are located on the roof of a home or building, more often than not.

Animals, such as birds and squirrels will make their nest in a sewer vent, penetrating the roof. Sewer vents are appealing as shelter due to heat which will rise through the sewer vent and almost come forcefully as heat rises in a cold environment.

Covering roof vents only makes the roof vent more appealing to the animal, now, due to the fact it is now acting as a shelter with heat. So, what can we do? Do we roll the dice and accept the possibility of an animal finding its’ way to the roof vent, choking off air flow to the sewer with a nest?

Fortunately, plumbing technology has evolved with consideration to the world around us. Mechanical vents, such as “E-Cap” will cover the roof vent and double as a vent cover animals are unable to dwell in.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Pipe Video Inspection in Smithfield, RI, Clogged Toilet in Smithfield, RI, Septic Tank Problems in Smithfield, RI, Septic problems in Smithfield, RI&Drain Cleaning in Franklin, Ma

Our Drain And Sewer Cleaning Service

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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.

SEWER VENTILATION

The Roll of the Sewer Vent

Sewer vents are a hit and miss problem among plumbers and drain cleaning services. For one, a pipe occluded with root intrusion or build up is a pipe with no vent line. This pipe may not be completely filled side-t0-side and top – to – bottom. However, the usual volume of water will fill the void and thus cut off the flow of air. So, even if the pipe occlusion is in the drain arm, the ventilation will be a problem. Therefore, the problem does not necessarily get solved through the roof vent. This is, of course due to the “drain arm” or the drain line being clogged (occluded, meaning, there is no vent line above the water).

Diagnosing a plumbing vent often involves additional steps, because, plumbing vents are located on the roof of a home or building, more often than not.

Animals, such as birds and squirrels will make their nest in a sewer vent, penetrating the roof. Sewer vents are appealing as shelter due to heat which will rise through the sewer vent and almost come forcefully as heat rises in a cold environment.

Covering roof vents only makes the roof vent more appealing to the animal, now, due to the fact it is now acting as a shelter with heat. So, what can we do? Do we roll the dice and accept the possibility of an animal finding its’ way to the roof vent, choking off air flow to the sewer with a nest?

Fortunately, plumbing technology has evolved with consideration to the world around us. Mechanical vents, such as “E-Cap” will cover the roof vent and double as a vent cover animals are unable to dwell in.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Pipe Video Inspection in Smithfield, RI, Clogged Toilet in Smithfield, RI, Septic Tank Problems in Smithfield, RI, Septic problems in Smithfield, RI&Drain Cleaning in Franklin, Ma

Sewer Snake Sizing

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Sewer cleaning machines are made in different sizes to suit the job. If you were in need of a sewer cleaning cable, or a roto rooting machine, which cable or sewer cleaning machine would you purchase?

One of the two big box stores carries a line of Rigid brand, sewer cleaning products. The largest sewer cleaning machine kept in stock is the Rigid K-400. This machine comes with a 3/8″ hollow core sewer cleaning cable. Would you feel comfortable using the 3/8″ cable in a main line sewer cleaning project? You shouldn’t. There are articles on line, granting testimony to the effectiveness of a 3/8″ sewer cleaning cable from Rigid. O.k.? That person got away with using the 3/8″ cable on his 3″ diameter sewer line to clear root intrusion. Chances of winning a bet that this man is still fighting a battle with root intrusion are very high.

The 3/8″ sewer cleaning cable is primarily a branch line or a drain cleaning snake. It is best used on 2″ diameter drain lines. However, if you have a blockage of known cause, preferably a paper blockage or a soft blockage of a sort, you may fare well using a 3/8″ drain snake on a sewer line no larger in diameter than 3″. Professional sewer and drain cleaning service technicians would more than likely steer clear.

HOW TO SIZE THE SEWER CLEANING CABLE

How to Size the Sewer Cleaning Cable                                             

Obviously a small cable is for a small sewer line. You would not use a 1/4″ drain cleaning cable on a 3″ or 4″ sewer line. That much should be easy to see. However, what size sewer cleaning cable would you use on a 3″ sewer line or greater if there were roots or hardened grease in the sewer line?

Look at the selection of sewer and drain cleaning cables. The smallest is 1/4″. Then the 5/16″ drain snake”. Next in size is 3/8″ drain snake. Then a 1/2″ sewer cleaning cable. 9/16″ and 11/16″ sewer cleaning cables are the largest sewer cleaning cables you may find in a big box store. Not likely, to find the largest sewer cleaning cables in a big box store. But, that is a personal observation.

Let’s group the sewer cleaning cable size into small, medium, large and x-large.

  • The 1/4″ drain snake would be small.
  • The 5/16″ and 3/8″ drain snakes would be medium.
  • The 1/2″ sewer cleaning cable would be large.
  • The 9/16″ and larger sewer cleaning cables would be x-large.

 

The 1 1/4″ and 1 1/2″ drain lines are small. So, use a small drain cleaning snake (refer to the list just above). Preferably, the smaller the drain, the smaller the cable.

THE 2″ DRAIN LINE WOULD BE CONSIDERED MEDIUM. THEREFORE, USE A MEDIUM DRAIN SNAKE.

THE 3″ SEWER LINE IS LARGE. USE A LARGE SEWER CLEANING CABLE.

THE 4″ AND 5″ SEWER LINES ARE X-LARGE FOR A RESIDENTS OR A SMALL BUSINESS BUILDING. USE AN X-LARGE SEWER CLEANING CABLE.

WHY?

When a cable encounters a blockage, the drain cleaning cable or sewer cleaning cable begins to flex. If the cable does not have a great enough tensile strength, and there is enough space inside the pipe, the drain cleaning or sewer cleaning cable can flex to the point it bends and wraps around itself. That means you have a knotted cable and you may not be able to retrieve the cable with out cutting the pipe. In the worst case scenario, you may be paying for an excavation. Very expensive! The fella who cleared is sewer line (undoubtedly 3″ or better) of roots got lucky. Don’t take chances. Professional sewer cleaning services have the right equipment. If you feel you may use the equipment repeatedly, purchase it. You will save money in the long run. However, if you feel your situation is rare and you will not have repeat occurrences, call a sewer and drain cleaning service.

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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