At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Water Line’ Category

Main Sewer Line Clogs: Severity and Causes

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

While most homeowners and even renters have dealt with a basic drain clog or backup of some kind in their lives, a rarer and more serious event is a main sewer line clog in a home. This is a more significant concern than a typical clog that you’d clear up with a plunger or basic drain cleaner, often impacting several pipe areas at once and commonly requiring expensive repairs.

The team with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air is here to help with numerous drain and sewer installation and repair needs, including concerns with the main sewer line. Luckily, these issues can be prevented with a thorough understanding of how the main sewer line works and what the common causes are of clogging and other sewer concerns. This two-part blog will go over everything you need to know, from the reasons why you have to take these issues seriously to the potential causes and signs that will tip you off.

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Severity of Sewer Line Issues

Why are sewer line issues more severe than typical drain clogs or related concerns? Well, because they typically involve numerous drains, not just one – in fact, they commonly include every drain in a given home’s plumbing system.

This is due to issues with the main line itself, which serves as a funneling point for all your smaller drains in the home. The main sewer line connects to your public utility lines, running through your yard underground to do so. So when it has issues, they will affect not only this line, which is a major plumbing feature of any property, but also the other drains in the home that connect to it. This is why understanding the causes of sewer line issues and how to avoid them is so important as a homeowner, which we’ll go over in our upcoming sections.

Toilet Issues

Perhaps the single top cause of main sewer line backups and clogs is improper use of toilets in the home. The primary culprit here: Flushing down items that are not meant to be flushed.

These items range from tissues and cotton balls to so-called “flushable” wipes – most of which are not actually flushable despite claiming as much. Simply put, only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down a toilet – any other items may risk clogs, and should be disposed of in other ways to avoid main sewer line issues.

Tree Roots

As we noted above, main sewer lines typically run underground through a part of your property, most often the back yard. If you have trees that are near this area, or if you plant new ones too close, their root systems may reach out and impact the sewer line in search of water. Tree roots are incredibly powerful, and can actually grow into pipes and crack, corrode or otherwise damage them, expanding over time and blocking up the entire system. If planting new trees, you should take great care to understand main sewer line locations and avoid them.

For more on how to recognize the signs of a main sewer line clog, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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Possible Sources and Solutions for Black Specks in Water

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

When you work with the plumbers from At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, one of the top areas of service you receive speaks to the quality of your water. We offer numerous related services, from water filters and softeners to water treatment systems and even basic water heater repair or replacement in cases where the primary heater is wearing down.

We help prevent numerous contaminants from entering your water supply, keeping you and your family provided with healthy water at all times. One potential contaminant format that homeowners should always be on the lookout for: Black specks in the water, which is particularly common in older homes or worn-down pipe systems. Let’s look at some of the common sources of black specks in your water, plus the treatment methods you might need to consider if you spot these in your water supply.

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Common Sources of Black Specks in Water

There are a few frequent culprits when it comes to black specks found in water:

  • Corroded water heater: In some cases, the specks you notice will actually be tiny pieces of the inside of your water heater that have broken off due to long-term wear-and-tear. One sign that this is the source could be noticing the specks when you turn on hot water, whether in the tub, shower or sink. In other cases, the water line leading from the water heater to your fixtures could be corroded and leaving the specks in the water. These specks will often remain on the side of your tub or sink even once the water is no longer flowing.
  • Corroded pipes: Another possible area of corrosion is your pipes, especially if they’re older and have been in use for many years. Irregular pieces may break off and wind up in the water. Unlike a corroded water heater, the more common time you’ll notice these kinds of black specks is when you turn on cold water rather than hot.
  • Broken rubber parts: Have you noticed that the black specks are actually slightly rubbery? In this case, they could be disintegrated or broken pieces of a washer, gasket, supply hose or one of the other rubber components used in your system. Rubber breaks down based on disinfectants used in water supplies.

Methods for Removing Black Specks

Luckily, there are several treatment methods that can remove black specks from your water and also prevent them from returning. This depends on the source they come from, with possible solutions including:

If you notice these issues in your water supply at any point, contact the pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air to assist you right away.

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Fight Back Against Hard Water

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Hard water is a fairly common problem here in Salt Lake City, UT. The term refers to water which has a high amount of minerals in them, usually calcium or magnesium. It’s not dangerous – you can consume hard water without ill effects – but it can create a number of problems in your plumbing system. You can fight back against hard water with the installation of a water filtration system, which clears those elements out of the water and leaves it cleaner as a result. What are the benefits of a water filtration system? We’re provided a quick outline below.

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Benefits of Installing a Whole-Home Water Filtration System

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

There are a lot of ways homeowners can clean their home’s water, but the most effective way to make sure that all of the water in your home is clean is to install a whole-home water filter system.

When you integrate a whole-home water filtration system into your home, you’ll know that every single water outlet in your home will have fresh, filtered water – not just the kitchen sink or the water contained in your fridge. Your shower, your laundry, even the water coming from your garden hose will be purified. The At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air experts have been helping customers improve their water quality since 1980, so if you are interested in a water filtration system, call us today!

The Benefits

There are a number of benefits a whole-home filtration system can offer you that you can’t get with a single kitchen or pitcher type of water filtration device:

  • Better water for showers and baths – when you use a point-of-use water filtration system, such as a water filter that attaches directly to your kitchen faucet, you are getting a singular use from the filter. With a whole-home filtration system, all your water is cleaned and purified, so whether you decide to take a bath or water your roses, you’ll always have clean, filtered water to do so.
  • Protection against breaches in the system – when you have a whole-home water filter, you won’t have worry should a problem develop with your municipal water supply as all the water coming into your home will pass through the filter.
  • Helps protect water-using appliances – sediment and minerals can build on water-using appliances, shortening their life spans. This includes hot water heaters (tank and tankless), washing machines and dish washers.
  • Less fading of clothes – hard water can be tough on clothes and anything you wash. When the water is filtered, it is softened and cleans your clothes without beating them up.

We’ve all enjoyed the taste of filtered water at one point or another – why not enjoy the benefits it has to offer throughout your entire home? Call us today and schedule an appointment for a whole-home water filter in your Salt Lake City home!

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