Tree Roots: The Unknown Plumbing Hazard

Tree Roots: The Unknown Plumbing Hazard

Drain clogs can happen for a number of reasons in your Plumbing system. Sometimes the cause is putting inappropriate items down the drain, while other times  its mineral build up in the pipes. Either way, these can be easy to spot and repair with the help of a licensed plumber.

However, some clogs are harder to fix than others and can cause more damage, such as tree root clogs. It is not uncommon that tree roots can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. When they do, it can cause costly repair expenses and a big headache.

As a homeowner, what do you do when you face this situation? Luckily, there are some things you can watch for and do to save your home from a catastrophic overflow. There are also services you can hire for drain cleaning in Glendale, AZ.

Sewer Repair And What To Watch For

  • Sinkholes- sinkholes can be a sign of tree roots beginning to grow in your pipes. These occur when water leaking from the intruded pipe begins to fill the dirt and grass around it. This will cause a visible sinkhole and soft spots to appear in your yard. When you see this, call a plumber immediately.
  • Gurgling Toilets- When tree roots enter your plumbing pipes it will cause the toilets in your home to exhibit a gurgling sound. If you hear this sound, it could be a sign of a tree root entering your pipes.
  • Slow Drains- When your system is backed up from a tree root, your drains will also move more slowly. This is how severe these clogs can get.
  • Exceeded Tree Growth- Because of the water and minerals that run through your plumbing pipes, if a tree root enters, it will cause the tree itself to grow faster. If you notice a tree is growing faster than expected, you may want to have a plumber check it out.
  • Foul Odors- If a tree root is the culprit for a clogged pipe, you may smell some foul odors around your home or in your yard. If you smell something, don’t hesitate to call a plumber.

What To Do Incase of a Drain Clog

  • Use Some Salt- If you believe you have a tree root in your plumbing line, dump a half pound of rock salt into your toilet. After you’ve done this, flush as many times as needed to get all the salt down the drain. This tactic should kill the root by drying it out. Doing so should prevent the clog from getting worse.
  • Root Killer- Root killer can used to kill roots as well. Different brands have different instructions, so read the directions and use caution.
  • Inspection Camera- Professional plumbers usually have a pipe inspection camera that will confirm if there are roots in your pipes.

Call today for Drain Cleaning and Drain Clog removal

When you give Christian Brothers a call, we can set you up with one of licensed plumbing technicians. They can be down there as soon as possible to help investigate any issues and give you peace of mind. You can rely on us for your drain clog problems. Don’t wait for the issue to get worse than it already is! Cal Christian Brothers at 623-499-9794. We also service other types of drain clogs including Toilet Repair services.


5 Things You Should And Should Not Put Down Your Drain

5 Things You Should And Should Not Put Down Your Drain

One of the most frequently asked questions in our line of work involves what should go down a sink drain. Many times we find homeowners use their sinks almost like they use their trash cans! If you’re not careful, you could put something down that could cause extensive damage to your Plumbing system.

This damage could cost a small fortune in repair and replacements. Likewise, you wouldn’t want to cause a leak that could lead to water damage. Better safe than sorry. To answer this question broadly, there are many things you can, but also many things you can’t. This is why we’ve put together a list of things that should and shouldn’t go down your drain.

Should or Can put down your Drains

  • Lemon and Orange Peels– These can be great when it comes to getting rid of icky drain smells. Put these in with some ice cubes will clean even the dirtiest of garbage disposals.
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar- This is an effective and eco- friendly way to clean your drain as well. These substances also don’t hold any dangerous chemicals, which means you and your plumbing are safe.
  • Drain Cleaners- Don’t get it mixed up. Drain Cleaners are okay to put down your sink, but only in moderation. If you put too much too frequently, it could damage your pipes.
  • Hot Water and Dish Soap- This is obviously okay to go down your drain. In fact, you could use hot water and dish soap to clean your drain as well. This could provide you with a more pleasant smell, rather than a sewage smell if needed.
  • Essential Oils- If you have these on handy, you could send some down the drain. These could work in the same way baking soda and vinegar does. Natural oils can help clean, and ensure a well functioning drain.

Should NOT put down your Drain

  • Flushable Kitty Litter- This is a big no-no for multiple reasons. Kitty litter has been known to cause clogs and do damage to septic tanks. Not only this, but if the litter has already been used, you could end up with harmful bacteria in your sink. Never pour used kitty litter down your sink.
  • Coffee Grounds- For sink drains, this problem is significant. Our technicians report that this is one of the most common sources of clogs and drain buildup. Be careful not to wash these down your kitchen sink.
  • Eggshells- These won’t necessary cause clogs, but they can cause a big mess. Fatty oils will cause the bits of shell to stick to the drain. Be sure to put eggshells in the trash.
  • Medication- If enough people wash medication down the drain the water supply in the home can become contaminated. Dispose of them properly. Contact a pharmacy for more details.
  • Cotton Balls and Paper Towels- These can cause devastating clogs and other damages. Not to mention the sheer amount of mess they will cause in your plumbing system.

Call Christian Brothers at (623) 499-9794 to Schedule

If you have any questions, or a pesky clog that you just can’t seem to shake, call Christian Brothers. We can have a certified expert level technician to your home as soon as possible. With vast amounts of knowledge concerning plumbing repair and outstanding customer service, a Christian Brothers technician has every tool available to provide you with the best experience possible. Give Christian Brothers a call at (623) 499- 9794. Worried you might have a clogged drain?

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Different Types of Drains and Their Clogs

Different Types of Drains and Their Clogs

Clogged Toilet Repair Glendale, AZ

Bathroom sink drains may become clogged with hair, toothpaste, soap and grime. Christian Brothers provides many bathroom plumbing solutions and sink drains are one of the more common problems we solve. Cbrothers will remove the clog and thoroughly clean the entire pipe so your sinks will drain like new.

Sometimes we’re called to recover jewelry that fell into a sink drain. Normally, heavy jewelry will not wash past the U-shaped trap beneath the sink (called a P-trap). Most people can easily remove the P-trap by hand or with a wrench to retrieve foreign objects. Place a bucket beneath the P-trap to catch water. Wear gloves. Loosen the slip nuts on both ends of the P-trap and slowly remove the P-trap assembly. Dump the contents into the bucket. If the lost item is not inside the trap, it has traveled farther down the drain line. Do not run additional water.

Call Cbrothers your Phoenix plumbers, to have a service technician search your pipes with a fiber optic video inspection camera. We can also retrieve items lost down any other residential plumbing drain or commercial drain.

Shower and tub drains present their own challenges. The clog culprit is usually hair and soap buildup in the trap and drainpipe. When you’re taking a shower you should never see standing water in the stall or tub. Properly functioning drains should carry the water away almost instantly. If water covers the shower floor and your feet, you have a clogged shower drain, which will eventually become completely blocked. A service technician skilled in shower repair technique.

Kitchen drains clog over time. They run slower and slower as greases, soaps, fats and detergents build up on the inner walls of the pipes and eventually cause blockage. A Christian Brothers plumbing service technician who specializes in kitchen plumbing jobs will use the proper sink machine to cut through the clog and remove all debris. Your kitchen drainpipes will be as good as new and to keep them that way.

Toilet drains are sometimes overwhelmed with toilet paper and even the occasional kid’s toy. Christian Brothers can solve the problem with a  machine that feeds a spinning cable into the toilet drain. The cable has special spring loaded blades on the tip that will cut through any obstruction while hugging the inside wall of the pipe and thoroughly cleaning it to restore full drainage and powerful flushes.

Floor drains are common in basements, laundry rooms and garages. They may also be found on patios and driveways as well as older bathrooms. These drains are equipped with a trap that should be kept filled with water to prevent odors and sewer gas from escaping. Test drains occasionally to make sure they are aren’t clogged and are ready to carry away water and prevent flooding. Dirt and debris can clog floor drains but Cbrothers can open them quickly to restore proper flow.

Main sewer lines are the largest drains in a home. All other household drains lead to the main sewer line. The main sewer runs underground from the house and connects to a city sewer line or a septic tank. Your main sewer line can become clogged from the debris those other household drains wash into it or by tree roots that penetrate pipe joints from surrounding soil.

If the main sewer line clogs, toilets and drains throughout your house will begin to backup. This is usually a very stressful situation for homeowners and it can happen at any time of the day or night. That’s why Cbrothers are your 24 hour plumbing company.

A technician using the proper machine will cut through the clog and clean the main sewer pipe right down to its inner walls. If the technician has any indication there is a problem with the main sewer line, he may perform a video inspetion to determine if the pipe is damaged or corroded. The technician will share the video with the homeowner and present options for a sewer line repair AC replacement if necessary.