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7 Signs to Call a Sewer Drain Cleaning Service Now

NexGen 7 Signs to Call a Sewer Drain Cleaning Service Now

When there’s a drainage problem, it may be deeper than you think. A clogged sewer drain can cause wastewater to back up and overflow from any plumbing fixture. Fortunately, NexGen provides a sewer drain cleaning service to resolve or prevent messy, hazardous, or damaging situations. But you must know when to call so we can get there in time. 

Here are seven signs you need a sewer drain cleaned now:

1. Multiple Fixtures Aren’t Working

A common sign of a clogged sewer drain is when more than one toilet clogs up. Toilets provide the most direct path to the sewer system. Thus, they’re the most reliable indicators of a sewer problem. Also, since shower and bathtub drains are lower than, for example, sinks, they’re more likely to be affected by clogged sewer lines.

2. Your Drains Are Slowing Up

If several drains are gradually getting slower, or the problem starts in one drain and spreads to others, it’s time to call a sewer drain cleaning service. As your main sewer line blocks off, water will take longer to go down. The sooner you call a professional, the more likely you can avoid a complete blockage or backup.

3. Drain Clogs Occur Frequently

The occasional kitchen or bathroom drain clog isn’t something to panic about. It’s usually easy to fix. But if you find yourself using plungers and drain cleaners more frequently, a sewer line clog or other problem may be the cause.

4. Plumbing Fixtures Are Acting Strangely

A clogged sewer drain can cause a tub or shower drain to overflow when you flush the toilet. The water from the toilet can’t drain, so it’ll back up at the lowest point. Or, the toilet may overflow when you run the washing machine. Another indication of trouble is when water in the toilet starts bubbling when you use the bathroom sink. It means air is trapped in the plumbing system, most likely due to a clogged sewer drain.

5. There’s a Pungent Odor In Your Home

Stronger and more persistent odors than usual from your toilet mean your sewer line needs to be serviced, especially if these smells are also emanating from your sink or shower drain. Exposure to sewer gas can cause eye irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. It can also lead to headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, and trouble concentrating. Even a small amount of sewer gas can be hazardous. High levels can be fatal; if methane is present, sewer gas can also be explosive. Call for help!

6. Your Yard Is Soggy or Flooded

A wet yard isn’t usually a concern after it rains. But if there are wet spots during dry weather and all these spots align with the path of your sewer pipe, suspect a leak and call a plumber. A leak is possible whether there are sewage odors or not.

7. Water or Waste Back Up from the Clean-Out

Check the main line clean-out if you suspect a sewer line clog. Water should not flow to the top or spill out when you open the cap. If it has reached the top or you can see standing water inside, call a professional to address the clog.

Call NexGen for Sewer Drain Cleaning Service

No matter what’s clogging a sewer or other drain, our experienced plumbers can remove it and get your drainage system working again. We can use advanced snake equipment or a hydro jet machine at your sewer clean-out to resolve the issue. If the source is unknown, we’ll use a specialized fiber optic camera to identify it. To request 24/7 drain cleaning or other emergency plumbing services in Southern California, call (805) 301-6788.

How Do Tree Roots Get Into Sewer Lines?

NexGen How Do Tree Roots Get Into Sewer Lines

Trees can add shade and beauty to your property. They’re also good at boosting curb appeal. But they’re often not a benefit for your sewer pipes. Tree root intrusion is a more common problem than many people realize. When a customer learns their plumbing woes are caused by tree roots, they often ask, “How do tree roots get into sewer lines?”

To answer that question, let’s first look at how tree roots work. Any tree requires enough water to survive. Water contains the moisture, nutrients, and oxygen needed for a tree to grow and sustain itself (roots naturally grow toward water sources). Sewer lines contain all of these. And just like tree roots, they’re contained underground.

How do roots find the sewer line in the first place? We’ll now explain this in more detail:

The Sewer Pipe Is Damaged

A pipe can develop holes or crack due to corrosion. Ground movement and settling can cause damage as well. No matter how minute an opening is, it can release enough water to attract roots. And the roots can use this entry point to grow into the pipe, fill it up, and catch grease, oil, fats, dirt, and other materials that contribute to a blockage.

But the sewer line doesn’t have to be leaking or broken to attract tree roots.

Sewer Vapors Are Released Into the Soil

As water flows through a pipe, moisture-, oxygen-, and nutrient-filled vapors can escape into the soil, even if there isn’t a true leak, and reach nearby roots. Sensing the direction these vapors came from, roots grow toward the sewer pipe. Tree roots are strong and persistent. They can sometimes break into or crush a pipe; or, if there’s a loose joint or connection, push it apart and begin to grow inside.

Can I Stop Tree Roots From Getting Into Sewer Lines?

If tree roots have reached or gotten into a sewer line, the pipe must be repaired by a professional plumber. Only they have the experience, knowledge, and tools to resolve the problem. Avoid using chemical solutions. They can poison the tree and contaminate the environment. Plus, depending on what the pipe is made of, chemicals can do more damage. If a pipe is already weakened, chemicals can cause it to break down and fail. 

However, there are safer ways to prevent tree roots from affecting sewer lines, including:

How Do I Know Tree Roots Are In My Sewer?

Aside from a plumbing camera inspection, there are other ways to suspect a tree root problem. Common signs of tree roots in a sewer line include backed-up toilets or plumbing fixtures, soggy areas on your lawn, and frequent drain clogs. The smell of sewage in your home means a sewer line has been compromised. Other signs of damage can range from as subtle as a gurgling toilet to visible water damage along your home’s foundation.

Call NexGen for Tree Root Removal

At NexGen, we provide safe and effective tree root removal services in Southern California. We can use a drain snake with a rotating cable, a rooter machine, or hydro jetting to break up tree roots. Our licensed, insured technicians also fully repair affected sewer lines and take preventative measures to inhibit future intrusions. To learn more or schedule professional tree root removal on your property, contact us online or call (833) 729-9735.

How Much Does A Drain Camera Service Cost?

NexGen How Much Does a Drain Camera Service Cost

A drain or sewer camera inspection can save you a great deal of money. It helps find localized issues, that if not fixed, can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. The cost of drain camera service is nowhere near as costly.

According to Forbes, the average cost of a sewer camera inspection in 2022 was $280. On the low end, it could cost as little as $70. While the average price range was between $125 and $500, some inspections cost up to $900 depending on rates, the scope of services provided, and the state or city.

The Variable Cost of Drain Camera Service

The cost of service can vary considerably. A drain camera inspection, according to Angi, averages $685 nationally but can cost as high as $1,175. If repairs are needed the cost will be higher. For example, the cost of materials and labor will increase the price if a toy was accidentally flushed by a child, a drainage or sewer pipe is leaking, or tree roots have gotten in. Plumbers can charge between $45 and $150 per hour so this is something to consider.

Location Matters

As we’ve said, location will impact the cost of a pipe camera inspection. In Orlando, FL, the average was about $315 while in New York City it was $510. Meanwhile, customers in Los Angeles may pay $1,600 and those in Seattle paid an average of $1,535. However, in Pittsburgh, PA, the average price of a camera inspection was a whopping $2,315.

Do I Need a Professional?

A drain camera inspection requires dedicated equipment. Technically, most people can perform an inspection. But this means having to purchase the equipment yourself, which can cost up to $15,000, plus the cost of a video monitor, output, and lighting equipment (rentals are available but cost around $200 per day). There are more affordable camera inspection systems. However, video resolution, reach length, and options for retrieval devices will be limited. 

Other Drain Camera Service Cost Factors

When a plumbing company sets its prices for inspecting drains and sewers, here are some other considerations in deciding what to charge:

Call NexGen for High-Quality Drain Camera Service

At NexGen, we use the most state-of-the-art drain and sewer inspection equipment. Fiber optic cameras on long, flexible cables provide crisp views of the interior of pipes so we can quickly identify any problems deep in a drain or sewer line. This avoids digging and lets us make quick repairs at reasonable prices. To schedule a drain and sewer camera inspection in your Southern California home, book a date/time online or call NexGen at 805-301-6788 today.

Benefits of Sewer Camera Inspection Services

NexGen Benefits of Sewer Camera Inspection Services 1

Sewer pipes are buried underground and thus hidden out of sight. Before video camera inspection, the only way to assess their condition was to excavate the ground around them. But now, whether a plumbing issue must be investigated or it’s time for maintenance, you can rely on sewer camera inspection services. A high-resolution camera, attached to a flexible cable, provides a view deep into the sewer system, in real-time.

The benefits of this process include:

No Trenching Is Required

A sewer line can be inspected without invasively digging trenches across yards and landscaping. Equipment is placed in the line via a cleanout or other access point. Once the camera begins transmitting video to a handheld monitor, the technician can immediately start assessing the condition of a pipe. Therefore, sewer camera inspection eliminates a lot of labor and saves a great deal of time.

Numerous Issues Can Be Found Quickly

Issues such as leaks, clogs, and cracked, corroded, or collapsed pipes can be identified wherever in the line they may be. Crushed, bellied, or disconnected pipes can be found as well. And if tree roots have intruded into a sewer line, they’ll be seen right away so a plumbing contractor can get started in removing them. Whatever the situation, your plumber will be able to diagnose it immediately and determine a solution to resolve it.

Property Damage Can Be Avoided

A sewer backup can flood your home with contaminated and even toxic water. Your yard or landscaping can be flooded as well. In addition to being a major health hazard, wastewater can seriously damage floors, walls, ceilings, furnishings, foundations, or anything else that’s in the way. It can introduce bacteria and harmful chemicals as well as cause mold. In extreme cases, water damage can compromise the structural integrity of your home.

It Can Determine If Trenchless Repair Methods Are Possible

A visual look at the issue allows a plumber to decide how to fix it. For example, they can tell whether inserting a pipe liner will restore the sewer line. Perhaps hydro jetting can be used to remove clogs and buildup. Trenchless methods save time and money while eliminating any further concerns over potential impacts on your home plumbing system.

Sewer Camera Inspection Services Are Affordable

The costs of digging, property repair, and extensive labor are removed. Since trenches don’t need to be dug or filled, the process is relatively quick. And because camera inspection spots issues fast, more serious issues and potential sewer line failures can be avoided. That can mean preventing future problems such as slow drains, sewage backups, water damage, and home cleanup and restoration.

A Plumber Can See Exactly What Is Blocking the Sewer Pipe

Sewer pipes can develop many kinds of blockages. Soap scum, cooking grease, trash, food items, and many other compounds can build up on pipe walls over time. Camera inspection helps spot accumulated gunk and grime so a plumber knows when to clean the pipe and avoid a major blockage. They can also determine whether it’s time to repair or replace a sewer pipe.

Contact NexGen to Schedule Sewer Camera Inspection Service

We use state-of-the-art technology to inspect sewer lines. Fiber optic cameras provide high-resolution, real-time views from inside, while the fiber optic cables we use extend for hundreds of feet. Our process is fast, accurate, and effective in helping us determine how to fix the problem, whether there’s a leak, clog, or mineral buildup. We can find its exact location and also accurately map your drainage and sewer lines.

To schedule drain and sewer camera inspection services, book an appointment online or call 833-729-9735 today.