The majority of the calls we get are related to backed-up toilets and drains. It’s actually one of the first images people picture when they hear of the word plumbing. So why is there such a strong association between plumbing and stoppages? Well, that’s because it’s so common in our field. However, what most people don’t know is that a stoppage (backed-up toilet or drain) is only a symptom of a bigger problem. Rarely is a stoppage as simple as something getting clogged in your pipes. Clogged drains, frequent stoppages, and backed-up toilets are common symptoms of poor pipe conditions or something else going wrong.
Calcified pipes (pictured) are very common images that we see when we camera lines. If a homeowner tells us that they have frequent stoppages, we can typically assume that there is a larger problem at hand. There are common factors that causes stoppages over and over again. In Arizona, there are two that are extremely common. The first is hard water. Hard water deposits minerals in your pipes as the water flows through. Over time, this creates the image that you see pictured. This process narrows the opening of your pipes. When this happens, even a single sheet of toilet paper will get caught and cause your drains to back up; causing a mess.
Another common problem that we run into are roots. Because Arizona is so dry, trees, bushes, plants, and even weeds, dig to find water. A common source of water for them is often your home’s plumbing system. Your sewage water, which is actually rich in nutrients for plants, only causes them to want to do more to penetrate into your pipes and have access to the water. If they find a weakness in the pipe, they will often force themselves into those pipes and draw out water and whatever else they need. We’ve seen pipes before that had numerous root access points all along the sewer pipe. Having roots in your drains causes a obstructions for things to get clogged.
As you can see, stoppages are only a symptom of a larger problem happening.
We’ve had customers tell us that they use some sort of drain unclogging/drain cleaning chemical to try to get rid of the problem. There are many reasons why we advise against it.
If you have frequent stoppages, the solution we recommend is to camera your lines. For this month only, this service, which is valued at $250, is completely free. We want to help you figure out what’s causing the stoppages and come up with a permanent solution to fix it. While we’re there, we will also do an entirely FREE plumbing inspection to check everything and make sure it’s all working properly. In addition, you will receive $50 off of your stoppage service call. Don’t wait. Call us today!
William (JT) Patterson and team were extremely professional, punctual (which is more important than ever in today’s society) and knowledgeable. They identified the problem quickly, talked me through the solution that would prevent future repairs, and went to work immediately after we agreed. Once finished, they even offered a complementary home inspection from a plumbing/leak perspective and offered some great future options without being pushy salesmen. Overall I’m extremely pleased with the work and customer service and would definitely recommend for plumbing repairs.
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