Immediate Benefits of a Camera Inspection

Immediate Benefits of a Camera Inspection

  • Drain Cleaning
  • Plumbing
  • sewer repair
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Spring and summer cause a wide range of plumbing issues to pop up. Because most of your plumbing is located behind walls or underground, inspections and repairs used to involve extensive cutting into walls or digging into your yard. With the help of a camera inspection, you no longer need to ruin your walls or lawn!

Using this non-invasive tool, plumbers can see directly into your pipes to diagnose the problem without harming your system. Maintaining your plumbing is important, and a camera inspection can help to prevent and treat the following problems in your home.

Problems Camera Inspection Can Detect

  • Tree root damage. Did you know that plumbing problems are often caused by tree roots? Because a majority of your plumbing is located underground, it’s likely that they will come face to face with roots.  Your main sewer line is full of running water. For trees and plants, this is their source of food. In their quest for nourishment,  they may break right into your pipes. This can cause the affected pipes to break or collapse.
  • Old pipes. As your pipes age, they are more susceptible to leaks and breakages. Wear and tear over years of use can weaken and warp your plumbing. A camera inspection will be extremely beneficial in confirming the age and condition of your plumbing.
  • Extreme clogs. Because some clogs are impossible to reach without professional help, and a camera inspection helps your plumber treat the clog efficiently by finding the direct source.
  • Cracked or misaligned pipes. Deep clogs are often caused by a crack in your pipes or a bad connection between them. A camera inspection makes it significantly easier to detect cracks, clogs, and leaks without having to cut into your walls or yard.

How Stewart Plumbing Can Help

Besides the obvious benefit of less destruction while looking for the source of the problem, camera inspection done by Stewart Plumbing will benefit you in the following ways:

  • The ability to locate the exact location of the issue: This helps keep the repair localized and less expensive for the homeowner.
  • Early problem detection: While you may have called us out for a drain clog, while using the camera we can see if your pipes are corroded, have damage or need replacing. This can catch a small problem before it becomes a major leak or repair.
  • Accurate repairs: We no longer have to guess at the cause of your problem. With camera inspection, we will be able to guarantee that the work we did will fix your problem.

Don’t rip open your pipes until you are positive it is necessary. Call in the Stewart Plumbing camera inspection squad today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Drain Clog Causes in Memphis

Drain Clog Causes in Memphis

  • Drain Cleaning

From time to time, drain clogs can happen. It’s also possible that you might be unsure of what caused your drain to clog to begin with. Fortunately enough, Stewart Plumbing is here to help you get to the bottom of your clogged up drain issues!

Below is a list that we collected of 10 of the most common reasons that your drain might be clogged:

10 Ways Your Drains Could Be Clogged

  1. Lack of city sewer line maintenance: It’s the city’s responsibility to maintain the municipal sewer line. If they don’t stay on top of keeping it clean, then it is possible that you will get the brunt of the backup.
  2. Grease: Even though many things that you eat and cook with produces grease, it is not a good idea to put it down your drain. Grease is difficult to break up and will cause clogging.
  3. Main line break: When you have a break in your main line, you will probably notice a random pile of debris in one spot. Main line problems can cause major plumbing issues inside your home.
  4. Food items: Believe it or not, your garbage disposal destroy everything that you toss down it. Not to mention, if you don’t have a disposal, your drains will quickly get clogged up if you throw food down there. Be careful not to dispose of starchy, stringy vegetables, potato peels, coffee grinds, and other foods down your kitchen drain.
  5. Tree roots: Tree roots in the line is not only one of the most common, but also one most difficult clogs to take care of. Once these roots get into your pipes, they feed off the water and nutrients. This causes them to grow, expand, and eventually block your pipes. If the roots are left to grow there for too long, they can rupture your line.
  6. Collapsed sewer line: This will cause multiple fixtures in your home to back up and needs to be looked at immediately.
  7. Incorrectly-installed piping: Though this is beyond your control, it is smart to have this problem fixed as soon as possibles. Pipes that were not originally connected properly can cause some serious damage.
  8. Sagging sewer lines: This typically causes the drains in your home to run slower than normal. Since slow drains could be from a number of different things, you may want to bring in a Stewart Plumbing expert to check and ensure it’s not because of sagging sewer lines.
  9. Unauthorized items flushed down the toilet: This might be obvious, but accidentally flushing down foreign items like hygiene products and toothbrushes down the toilet can cause clogging.
  10. Outside debris in the line: Mud, clay, and grass can all get into the line if it has been punctured.

If you have any questions pertaining  to drain clogs, get in touch with Stewart Plumbing today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Clogged Toilet in Memphis

Clogged Toilet in Memphis

  • Drain Cleaning
  • Plumbing

More Than One Clogged Toilet Could Mean Sewer Line Backup

If there is one plumbing fixture in your home that’s used most often, your toilet is probably it. So, if it gets clogged up to the point where it’s not usable, then you know you have a problem!

There are a number of different causes for your toilet clogging up – too much toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, children’s toys, unauthorized objects like a toothbrush, or tree roots.

If plunging away doesn’t work, and you can’t pull up any toys or gunk with a clothes hanger, then it’s time to call in the professionals.

Stewart Plumbing Toilet Clog Removal

  1. The first step in a successful clog removal is to use a plumber’s snake. The snake helps to get rid of any standing water and gives us proper access to the drain.
  2. Then, out come the drain cameras. The video camera is used to see the severity and location of the clog. It also lets us know exactly what we’re working with so we can get the job done right the first time.
  3. The last step is to use our hydro jets to clean the drain. Hydrojetting involves sending high-pressure water quickly into your drain to remove almost any item that’s clogging it up. The jets break up obstructions into small pieces that can easily wash through the sewer. This process also completely cleans your pipes, leaving them in like-new conditions. For those especially tough clogs, like one made up of tree roots, hydrojetting is the best option.

 

More Than a Toilet Clog

If your toilet suddenly became blocked and you can’t unclog it yourself, it’s possible that you have a bigger problem on your hands.

Check the other drains and toilets in your home. Are your drains running slower than normal? Are your other toilets completely unusable? If the answer is yes, then it’s possible you have a main line clog.

Your main sewer line carries all the waste water out of your home to the city’s main. If it gets backed up, you’ll have sewage backing up into your home. Keep this thought at the back of your mind just in case it ever happens in your home.

Whether it’s a toilet you just can’t unclog, or it’s a main line blockage, Stewart Plumbing can handle it. Give us a call today! 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Ask a Memphis Plumber: The Drawbacks of Drain Cleaning Chemicals

Ask a Memphis Plumber: The Drawbacks of Drain Cleaning Chemicals

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Powerful chemical drain cleaners are never used or recommended by professional plumbers. What’s so bad about these chemical drain cleaners? A lot, actually. Although many of these substances perform as advertised, the amount of damage they do to your pipes and their fragile interiors is often overlooked. Any drain cleaning professional worth his salt will steer you away from the use of chemicals that contain harsh acids like Liquid Plumber or Drano. Let’s take a look at the four reasons drain cleaning professionals don’t use chemical drain cleaners:

  1. Damage: Although these powerful chemical may seem to clear up your pipe problem (at least in the short term) they ultimately do much more harm than good after repeated use. These are extremely corrosive substances that unfortunately are more likely gradually to dissolve and erode your pipes than break up the food and debris that is the real cause of the blockage. This can result in holes or breakages in your drain lines. We have even seen these chemicals cause this amount of damage after just one single use. This isn’t likely to happen to you after just one use, but as a general rule of thumb, protect your pipes by keeping drain cleaning chemicals out of them at all times.
  2. Effectiveness: For the most part, drain cleaning chemicals are highly ineffective. This is especially true when you compare the results of a drain cleaning chemical regimen with the results of one of our cabling or water jetting jobs. Although chemical drain cleaners can do the trick when it comes to dissolving simple hair or grease clogs, their effectiveness decreases significantly when it comes to heavier clogs. The best way to clean drains is with a cabling or water jetting machine depending on the severity of the clog. Bottom line: our professional drain cleaning services are more effective than a chemical drain cleaning regimen and best of all—we won’t harm your pipes!
  3. Groundwater Contamination: Here is some news that shouldn’t shock anybody: chemical drain cleaners are absolutely awful for the environment. You wouldn’t flush any other harsh, corrosive chemical down your drain, so why this one? Flushing hazardous drain cleaning chemicals like this is on par with pouring paint thinner down the drain! These chemicals are bad news for your local ecosystem—they can seep into the ground around your home or even reach public water sources through your city’s sewer system. What’s more, the presence of these chemicals can be hazardous to the drain cleaning professionals you inevitably have to call in to fix the shoddy, incomplete work the chemicals did on your lines.
  4. Costs: Let’s look at the numbers: the cost of having your drain professionally cleaned is relatively low compared to what you’ll be paying to repair the pipes you damaged with copious amount of chemical substances. The cost of professional drain cleaning services is typically in the low hundreds, while the cost of completely replacing your chemically corroded drains can shoot up into the thousands depending on the extent of the damage.

Convinced yet? If not, call Stewart Plumbing today and let our experienced drain cleaning team talk some sense into you! Trust us, professional drain cleaning beats out chemical drain cleaning every time.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Drain Cleaning In Memphis: High Pressure Water Jetting

Drain Cleaning In Memphis: High Pressure Water Jetting

  • Drain Cleaning
  • Plumbing

Big clogs cause big problems, and if your Memphis home is facing these kinds of problems, you need help from a professional quickly. Clogs can occur because of a number of different reasons: build up from years of use, tree roots, and foreign objects may be disrupting the flow of water and causing your drains to stop all together. Choosing the right tool for the job is imperative to ensure that your drains get cleared properly so that the issue doesn’t return.

When build up from years of constant use is your issue, only a the power of a high pressure jetting system will do.

Snakes are great to break up solid objects and send them flowing down your drain. Gunky build up however can just get pushed around by the physical power of the snake, continuing to be problematic as you continue to use the drain. A high pressure water jetter can clear your pipes in no time, blasting away the gunk and build up.

With a fully trained, local Memphis plumber at the wheel, a high pressure water jetter can beat your build up in no time. The pressure of the water needs to be regulated in order to properly clear out the issue, and every issue is different.

Other major benefits of high pressure water jetting is:

  • Cleaner lines result in less of a chance that clogs returning
  • We can provide a warranty on our work
  • Superior drain cleaning power
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Safe

You can count on Stewart Plumbing to be your local Memphis drain cleaning specialists. Our technicians are fully trained and certified in the industry’s best drain cleaning techniques, and will arrive in a truck fully stocked solve any problem. Rely on Stewart to put the industry’s best drain cleaning technology to work for you home today.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Drain Cleaning Memphis: DIY Problems

Drain Cleaning Memphis: DIY Problems

  • Drain Cleaning
  • Plumbing

Having a clogged drain can be a major frustration. You may find yourself just staring as that stagnant water slowly goes down your drain. Clogs can cause major disruptions to your day, interrupting even the most basic activities like brushing your teeth or taking a shower. You may start to consider taking on this project yourself by employing store bought chemicals or rented equipment, but this might only make the problem worse. You need a team of experts who can properly identify your issue and create a solution that solves your problem and not just its symptoms. You need a local Memphis crew who will work hard to ensure your satisfaction. you need, Stewart Plumbing.

Here are some of the issues you might encounter when dealing with the do-it-yourself approach:

Store bought chemicals: Chemicals that you buy at a super marketing or home improvement store are meant to fight one kind of drain problem, and one only: gunk. While buildup might be your issue, you won’t truly know what’s going on until you’ve gotten a camera deep into your pipes to find the issue. Sure those chemicals may have let some water through, but if your problem is bigger than that, it will be back.

Using a snake or jetter without training: It can’t be that hard, right? We train our employees in industry best practices for a reason. Operating a snake or jetter is a complicated operation, and failing to do so properly might damage your pipes, the equipment, or worse, you. What started as a minor drain issue might end up costing you huge in pipe replacement and equipment damage costs, so rely on the experience of Stewart to do the job right.

Hiring a second rate plumber: It seems that everyone has “their guy” who can rush in and save the day when it comes to minor plumbing issues. The problem here, is that if your plumber is putting the best technology in the industry to work for you, you’re not getting the full story. Ensure that your plumber is fully trained and certified to use the equipment that can clear out your drains.

Stewart Plumbing is Memphis’ best bet for drain cleaning solutions. Let us put our training, experience, and industry knowledge to work for you by fixing your drain problems right the first time. Our trucks are fully stocked to handle any issue your home might be facing, so call today. We even have emergency service, and we’re ready 24/7 to help you when you need it. Call Stewart today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Ask a Memphis Plumber: What is a Drain and Sewer Clean-Out?

Ask a Memphis Plumber: What is a Drain and Sewer Clean-Out?

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First off, just what is a clean-out? When you’re talking plumbing, a clean-out is the part of a pipe that connects to a riser tube which provides an easy-to-access opening at ground level. Most clean-outs are normally installed in basements or in outdoor areas of the property. Clean-outs make regular maintenance on a sewer or drain line possible. It is standard practice to install cleanouts at the edges of property lines because it prevents the necessity of entering private homes and property to correct sewer main stoppages.

What Are The Advantages of a Properly Installed Clean-Out?

  • Once you locate the clean-outs on your property, you’ll never have to wonder where your sewer line runs again. It will be easier to locate next time it needs maintenance or repairs.
  • In the event of heavy rain or a flood, activating your drain or sewer clean-outs can save the interior of your home from similar flooding.
  • They ensure no clog is too deep in the line to stump a skilled drain cleaner. Clean-outs make all clogs accessible to regular sized cables and blades.
  • In the event of a line blockage, the more clean-outs you have, the cheaper the drain cleaning bill is likely to be.
  • Having sewer line clean-outs provides a better vantage point for performing a cleaning of the line right at the source of the problem rather than pulling up your toilet or climbing to the roof and going down the vent.
  • With properly installed clean-outs, the sewer lines in your building or home can be given a visual test at each plumbing fixture in the home to ensure all drains are flowing as desired.
  • Having clean-outs and being knowledgeable about them and their location will ultimately save you a bundle on plumbing bills and help you be proactive in the care of your home’s plumbing system.

Does your home have clean-outs? Do you know where they are? If your answer was ‘no,’ call the drain cleaning experts at Stewart Plumbing for a free, in-home consultation.

 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Preventative Maintenance vs. Excavation and Repair: Plumbers Weigh In

Preventative Maintenance vs. Excavation and Repair: Plumbers Weigh In

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Many of our drain cleaning clients have experienced firsthand the value of signing up for a preventative maintenance schedule with our company. When it comes to drains, preventative maintenance basically entails the frequent cabling of your pipelines to prevent a serious clog or backup into the house.

As our technicians come to know your home and its unique plumbing system, the frequency of cabling will be based on that pipe’s past conditions and will always differ from line to line. This is to be expected—some drain lines in your home get used more often than others. We have some customers who know from past experience that their toilet line may need cabling just once a year, while their heavily used kitchen line could benefits from up to four cablings a year.

The problem with ongoing drain maintenance is that if the owner becomes neglectful, the problems can become exponentially worse very fast. When the customer reaches the point where they are scheduled for preventative maintenance two or more times a year, we will usually suggest attaching one of our state-of-the-art cameras to the cable in order to determine the exact nature of the problem and perhaps provide for a more long term solution than cabling.

The client has several factors to consider when looking at longer term drain cleaning solutions:

  1. How much longer does the client intend to live in the home? Use that number of years to factor into maintenance vs. repair cost arguments.
  2. If the client plans to sell in the near future, how much value will they stand to gain by fixing the problematic sewer. Homeowner disclosure laws prohibit keeping these sort of issues secret from prospective buyers.
  3. Does the nature of the drain backups threaten the home itself? Are they so backed up, the lines have become a constant overflow or flood risk?

Whether you decide your home needs short term or long term drain cleaning attention, we have the team, experience and equipment to get the job done to your satisfaction. Call Stewart Plumbing today to learn more about our preventative drain maintenance plan.

 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Why Drain Cleaning is a Two Man Job

Why Drain Cleaning is a Two Man Job

  • Drain Cleaning

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As anyone who has tried can failed can attest, cabling a sewer is a job for two people. Drain cleaning can be a tricky, involved process that goes much more smoothly and safely if a second set of hands is there to assist.

Why?

  • Cabling in close quarters such as crawl spaces requires two men to move the equipment around without damaging it or your surroundings. The second man can also help with the feeding and retracting cables while the first technician works the actual cabling machine.
  • A two man drain cleaning team also helps for the protection of our client’s property. Unlike some companies out there, the preservation of your property as we found it is our number one priority. If we have to pull a toilet to cable your sewer line, the second tech can prevent the cable from damaging the interior finishes and furnishes of your home.
  • Extra hands on deck also helps with locating hard-to-find underground drain lines. If one tech is having trouble locating the line, the second can help by moving a camera inside the home so the second can focus on using a locating wand outside to find that hidden sewer line.

 

Drain cleaning is an all-hands on deck type project and it is best not left to amateurs. If you have problem drains in your home, do not hesitate to call the experts at Stewart Plumbing today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Ask a Memphis Drain Cleaning Expert: When is Excavation Necessary?

Ask a Memphis Drain Cleaning Expert: When is Excavation Necessary?

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If you are one of those homeowners that rarely gives a second though to sewer and drain maintenance, tree roots will soon become your worst enemy. Left unchecked, tree roots will be able to overpower your sewer line—quite literally choking it into submission. In many cases, extremely neglected debris will be allowed to accumulate to the point where cabling takes an excessive amount of time to complete.

  • If a half hour’s worth of cabling with a variety of cutting heads to only clearing away debris, but not actually opening the line for business, it’s time to make some important decisions.
  • It often deemed impossible to determine the full extent of the debris—specifically how much a given blockage has been burrowed through by the cabling process and how much is still hindering normal pipe flow.

When we cable a problematic drain lines and continually run up against an obstruction, we will usually draw out our cables and re-attempt the process a few times before we turn our focus to the values of excavation. Now, this is always a last resort for us, but the unfortunate truth is that some drain clogs are too far gone or stubborn to be solved through normal channels.

You Know You Need Excavation If:

  • The cable is pulled out of the line for inspection and mud or clay or a shiny surface is found on the cutting head. When a sewer line does break, rain and groundwater will often wash mud and clay into the line, causing or contributing to an obstruction. This is a common indication that the line itself is collapsed, punctured or otherwise damaged and therefore can likely only be repaired with excavation.
  • When a drain lines collapses, shears or root infestation is too large, the only reliable solution is exaction and partial or complete replacement of the entire line.

Excavation should always be a last resort to the experienced drain cleaner we will strive not to disturb your property unless we determine it is the absolute only way to solve your drain problems. Call Stewart Plumbing today to learn more or to schedule an in-home consultation.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Memphis Drain Cleaning Experts: Let’s Talk Bio-Clean

Memphis Drain Cleaning Experts: Let’s Talk Bio-Clean

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We talk a lot of trash about chemical drain cleaner around these parts. But if we really had to be honest, even though most are hazard to both your home and your health, there is one out there that isn’t so bad. It’s Bio-Clean, a safe, but powerful blend of bacteria and enzymes that are naturally occurring, non-corrosive and non-genetically engineered.

  • It’s Safe: Bio-Clean is not a poison for your drains. It creates no heat, which means no unsettling fuming or boiling coming from your fixtures. Unlike some of the harsher stuff you can buy, it does not attack live tissue or inorganic materials. Bio-Clean goes after organic wastes only. This includes common clog-causing items like grease, hair, food, paper, cotton and standard, run-of-the-mill sewage. All this means Bio-Clean is safe for your people, your pipes and your surroundings. Bio-Clean harmlessly breaks down waste particles into water, carbon dioxide and mineral ash which run easily out of your waste system and into the surrounding environment. As an added bonus, the plant life in your ecosystem will happily gobble up these water and mineral particles.
  • It’s Effective: All it takes is an hour and you’re done! Within an hour after pouring Bio-Clean down the drain, the powerful, clog-fighting bacteria will begin to eat their way into the waste that has accumulated on the sides and top of the drain pipe to cause a blockage. This waste is the bacteria’s natural food—they will actually digest it, allowing it to be flushed from your plumbing system until the blockage is completely gone.
  • It’s Multi-Purpose: Bio-Clean can be used in the following applications:
    • Kitchen sinks
    • Lavatories
    • Bath tubs
    • Showers
    • Floor drains
    • Laundry drains
    • Septic tanks and drain fields
    • Garbage disposals
    • Grease traps
    • Sump pumps and ejector pumps
    • Outhouses
    • R.V. and boat holding tanks
    • Lift station
    • Kitty litter boxes
    • It’s Economical: When you’re comparing the cost of Bio-Clean to the cost of harsher drain cleaning chemicals or, for that matter, professional drain cleaning services, it becomes even more of a no-brainer.
      • Up to 100 drain treatments per 2-lb container
      • 2-lb container effectively treats up to 1,000 gallon septic tank
      • Eliminates the need to clean grease traps
      • Eliminates the need to buy and rely on dangerous chemical substances
      • Eliminates the need to buy urinal cakes

I would go on about the benefits of Bio-Clean but something tells me you’ve already left the computer screen to hit your local hardware for a container of this stuff for yourself. Enjoy the many benefits and be sure to call the drain cleaning experts at Stewart Plumbing if you have any questions!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Ask a Memphis Plumber: All About Roof Vents

Ask a Memphis Plumber: All About Roof Vents

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Q: What are roof vents?

A: Roof vents are special vertical pipes connected to your home plumbing system designed to remove sewage and regulate air pressure within your pipes.

Q: Do I need to have roof vents?

A: Most local building codes designate that every appliance must have a trap. Additionally, in most cases, every fixture must also have a vent. Many people fail to grasp the significance of having proper roof ventilation in place. Without adequate venting,  you could be gambling with the comfort and health of all the home’s occupants.

Q: How do roof vents work?

A: Waste enters your plumbing system at various fixtures such as toilets, sinks and showers. After exiting the fixture, the waste’s first stop is a “trap.”

Q: What is a trap?

A: In plumbing jargon, a trap is a dipped (U,S or J shaped) section of pipe attached to most fixtures that always contains water. The bend in the pipe is meant to stop sewer gases generated by the waste from entering the house.

Q: What is the point of the water in the trap?

A: The water in the plumbing trap creates a tight seal that also serves to prevent sewer gas from passing back up through your drainpipes, reentering the living areas of your home and potentially making you and your family sick.

Q: If no water actually flows through the roof vent, how is it helping my plumbing?

A: Without roof vents, both clean water and waste water would not move properly through your pipes. Roof vents work to preserve neutral air pressure within your drain lines. As a result of this neutral air pressure, gravity can take over and successfully push and pull water and waste through your pipes. Keep in mind all this ventilation only works correctly if your pipes also maintain the appropriate downward slant throughout the system to ensure proper flow.

Q: Can roof vents get clogged?

A: Yes, it isn’t uncommon for us to receive calls about roof vents becoming clogged up. We see this fairly often no matter the season—ice build up in winter, leaf blockages in fall or perhaps even the decomposing carcass of a wild animal in the spring. There are a few different signs that will signal your roof vent is clogged. You may notice one of your drains is functioning extremely slowly or you may see abnormal bubbles in your toilet after you flush it. You could also experience a powerful ‘glugging’ noise as one of your plumbing fixtures drains. Or in a worst case scenario, your traps may empty of water completely and allow foul smelling sewer gas to escape into your home.

More questions about roof vents? The drain cleaning experts at Stewart Plumbing are standing by to answer all your questions and more! Call today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Top 10 Reasons for Drain Line Stoppages in Memphis

Top 10 Reasons for Drain Line Stoppages in Memphis

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There are a vast number of things that can go wrong in your drain and sewer lines. And if even, if you are not facing a full-fledged clog or stoppage, the items listed below can also hinder normal, free flowing drain function until properly fixed.

  1. Tree roots are hungry, fast growing things that can easily wrap your drain line in a stranglehold.
  2. Grease going down your kitchen sink may look harmless enough as it circles the drain, but the fact is that grease is one of the worst culprits of clogged drain lines that we encounter.
  3. Inappropriate items being ground up by your kitchen garbage disposal can quickly turn your drain line into an unmanageable mess.
  4. Mud, clay, grass, leaves and other outdoor detritus can become stuck in your drain line in a number of ways. We won’t know for sure until we can do some investigating.
  5. Feminine hygiene products being flushed down the toilet can cause a backup nightmare for even the mightiest of plumbing systems. Bottom line: don’t do it.
  6. Collapsed sewer lines are a tough, costly fix and unfortunately often require excavation.
  7. Incorrectly installed or connected piping is often the source of many problem plumbing systems. The only advice we can offer would be to make sure that this time around you hire a drain cleaning company who knows exactly what they are doing.
  8. Sagging sewer lines slow down the natural downward flow of your drain lines and can cause backup issues.
  9. In some cases, we find the municipal government is at fault for your clog. If they aren’t maintaining their sewer lines, you might be experiencing the ugly face of someone else’s back up.
  10. Line breakages cause debris to pile up at the damage site continuously until the problem is professionally addressed.

No matter what goes wrong with your sewer or drain line, Stewart Plumbing is here to help. Call today—our experts are standing by!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Different Types of Drain Backups

Different Types of Drain Backups

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When you own a home, it’s critical to take good care of its plumbing system. That involves understanding what types of drain backups you might run into inside and outside of your home—and how you can prevent them.

Kitchen Drain Backups

Kitchen drains are among the most frequently used in the home. And since kitchen wastewater contains everything from hand and dish soap to grease to bits of food, it’s not surprising that over time, sludge can build up on the inside of the drain. Over time, this narrows the diameter of the drain, making the water run off slower and slower until the drain is completely clogged. You can prevent this by cleaning your drains every one to two weeks. If you use a commercial drain cleaner, remember to wear protective gloves and goggles, and flush the sink and drain out properly afterward. You can also use a homemade solution: Pour a quarter of a cup of baking soda followed by half a cup of vinegar down the drain. Let it sit for approximately 15 minutes. Then slowly pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain to flush it out.

Another type of drain backup you might encounter in the kitchen is caused by a clogged garbage disposal. This happens when the mechanism of the garbage disposal fails—usually because a large or hard object gets lodged in it. If this happens, never try to fix it yourself! Garbage disposals have heavy-duty blades that can cause serious injuries, so do the smart thing and call a plumber. Of course, you can prevent this kind of issue by never throwing things like glass, plastic, or metal down the sink, and ensuring that any organic waste you want to dispose of is in small enough pieces.

Drain Backups In The Bathroom

Sink, bath, shower, and toilet drains can all get clogged. Some of the most common causes include sediment buildup, hair clogs, and large objects being flushed down the toilet. You can minimize the chances of this happening by cleaning the drains regularly and instructing your family members not to flush foreign objects down the toilet.

Sewer Backups

Sewer backups are among the most unpleasant kinds of backups and can occur without much warning. In addition to the buildup of sediment, other causes include obstructions caused by tree roots or collapsed pipes. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to prevent them other than to have your sewer lines inspected once a year. This will alert you to any problems before they become big issues that are costly to fix.

Downspout Backups

Downspouts lead rain and meltwater out of your gutter and away from your home to downspout drains, which connect to the municipal storm sewer. Even though downspout drains are equipped with traps to catch leaves, twigs, and other debris, this waste can build up inside the drain and cause clogs. Of course, the result is a backed-up drain with potential exterior flooding. The best way to prevent this from happening is to clear the traps your downspout drains frequently and have a plumber clean the drains around once a year.

Drain backups are never convenient. Moreover, unless they’re taken care of immediately, can result in significant damage to your home. So always make sure to keep up with your drain maintenance, and keep the phone number of a good plumber on hand in case of an emergency.

Call the experts at Stewart Plumbing to schedule your drain cleaning service today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Helpful Tips for Drain Cleaning This Fall

Helpful Tips for Drain Cleaning This Fall

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  • Plumbing

Drain cleaning should come before any fun activities this fall. Carving a jack-o-lantern or going on a haunted hayride will be secondary if the state of your plumbing system is threatened by clogs forming on the horizon. Even if you begin to sense the slightest problems with your drains, it is certainly worth an inspection or else it can grow into something much more serious. The consequences of neglecting your plumbing needs this season are nothing to take lightly. You will be forced to pay more on plumbing bills, be unable to use toilets and sinks to their fullest extent, and even risk plumbing fixture replacement. With troubles like this, you cannot afford to put off fixing drain problems at a much later date. You need to act immediately and save your plumbing system so you can enjoy life this fall without worrying when a clog will arrive.

Calling Stewart for Top-Notch Service

When you need help in eliminating clogs, please call Stewart Plumbing for high-quality drain cleaning. We can ensure your kitchen and bath drains are working to the best of their abilities without being interrupted by clogs. Sometimes all it takes is one quick look at your drains to determine if cleaning is necessary. From there, our team can provide excellent service that will see clogs eliminated in a hurry, such as water jetting. Calling us for a drain cleaning service is highly important if you live in a large home where many people are using fixtures at once, leaving you at a higher risk of experiencing clogs. But we don’t just limit ourselves to a particular house. We want all homeowners across the Memphis and north Mississippi area to experience our high-quality service, so that’s why our plumbers are able to adapt their service for any and all plumbing needs.

Follow These Drain Cleaning Tips 

If you expect to have a reliable plumbing system this season, you should know that even taking a few small steps can greatly reduce spending on your bills, lower the risk of unsanitary consequences like overflowing toilets, and improve fixture performance. You may not be an experienced plumber from Stewart, but you can still play a role in maintaining your drains by following these tips:

  • Baking Soda and Vinegar: If you ever had to make a grade school volcano project, you will know the mixture of baking soda and vinegar will create a fizzy, eruptive effect. The same can hold true for your drain clogs. One cup of vinegar and a ½ cup of baking soda poured down the drain will eliminate clogs by pushing them up and out.
  • Boiling Hot Water: Pour boiling hot water down the drain periodically to loosen up any materials sticking to drainage walls. This will make it much easier to scoop out any sources of blockage when you go to clean out the drain.
  • Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners: It may be tempting to use chemical drain cleaner when you are looking to eliminate a clog immediately. However, chemical drain cleaners are to be avoided, as they can wind up bringing even more damage to your plumbing system.
  • Consider Installing a Strainer: Your kitchen and bathroom sinks will be less likely to experience clogs if you install strainers to keep material like food, hair, and soap out. Though these strainers will also become blocked, you can clean them out periodically so they continue to work at their best.
  • Bent Wire Hangers: Have a wire coat hanger you are not using? Then it may prove helpful with drain cleaning. A bent wire hanger will clean out any smaller particles in your drains that other cleaning tools will miss, although do be careful not to scratch or damage the pipe.

Bonus Tips for Soft and Hard Clogs!

The most common types of drain clogs can be broken up into two groups: soft and hard. Soft clogs are usually found in bathroom sinks that rarely compact the drain, usually made of material like soap and hair. You can generally fix them following these tips:

  • Use a standard plunger to pull the clog up out of the sink or to push it on through the drain pipe.
  • Use a long, stiff brush made to fit down into the drain, snag the clog material and pull it back up and out.
  • Use a plastic strip with serrated edges, made to remove clogs, by being inserted into the drain and pulling out the material.
  • If the homeowner is not intimidated by plumbing work, they can disconnect the P-trap below the bathroom sink and remove the clog lodged there.

Hard clogs generally involve food and grease sticking to drainage pipes. This will compact the drain due to it forming into a hard mass. In case you experience this type of clog, here is what you should do:

  • Try using a standard plunger briefly to release a fresh clog. Do not do this for too long or too forcefully as it can damage the plumbing pipes and make them come apart.
  • For clogged toilets, pour dish detergent down the drain
  • Use a plumbing drain snake to break up the clog and clear the drain. However, be careful to not poke holes in any older, corroded drainage pipes.

Don’t Let Clogged Drains Sneak Up On You – Schedule A Drain Cleaning Service Today

Call Stewart Plumbing today if you want to live conveniently and comfortably this fall thanks to our drain cleaning!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

How to Maintain Your Garbage Disposal in Hernando, MS

How to Maintain Your Garbage Disposal in Hernando, MS

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  • Drain Cleaning

Your garbage disposal in Hernando, MS is one of the helpful tools in preventing drain clogs. Otherwise, you may find yourself calling for drain cleaning service on a more frequent basis, allowing those repair bills to rack up in cost and leave you with more stress. That’s why maintaining the disposal is highly important. It doesn’t just improve its performance; it’s ensuring you can continue to live in your home stress-free.

At Stewart Plumbing, we want to see you with a garbage disposal in Hernando, MS that works to the best of its abilities, and part of guaranteeing that is with a little TLC. You can’t get away with throwing large pieces of food down the disposal and think everything will be okay. You need to know what works for your disposal or, in many cases, what doesn’t to ensure you don’t make a call for drain cleaning service any time soon.

Tips for Maintaining Your Garbage Disposal in Hernando, MS

The next time you’re looking to improve the performance of your garbage disposal, please consider the following:

  1. Run It Regularly: Your disposal is one of the most useful plumbing fixtures in your home, so why not use it as much as possible? Longer periods of inactivity can actually be bad for your disposal, as it begin to rust and allow any potential sources of blockage build up. Your best move is to run it regularly so it continues to work effectively.
  2. Cold Water Helps: Make sure to run cold water when your disposal begins grinding up food. The cold water will solidify substances like grease or oil so they can be easily chopped up by the disposal and prevent a clog.
  3. Cut up Larger Food Scraps: Just throwing that large piece of produce down the disposal and thinking the situation will solve itself is means for disaster. Cut up any pieces of larger food scraps that would otherwise make for an easy clog. Chicken and fish bones should be discarded in the regular garbage, as they may prove too dense for the disposal to handle.
  4. Keep Grease & Oil Away: While grease or cooking oil can be solidified by running cold water, it’s best you don’t throw it down the disposal at all, as there is a high risk it will find itself down the drain and harden. Place any grease or cooking oil from your last meal in a storage bag and then discard it in the regular garbage.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today for high-quality service on your garbage disposal in Hernando, MS so it can continue to prevent drain

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

3 Reasons to Consider Water Jetting in Drain Cleaning in Hernando, MS

3 Reasons to Consider Water Jetting in Drain Cleaning in Hernando, MS

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  • Drain Cleaning

You may want to consider drain cleaning in Hernando, MS from Stewart Plumbing when: fixtures are slowly draining, the toilet is in constant need of plunging, foul odors are coming from your drains, and you’re experiencing clogs that a plunger cannot remove. But these problems won’t need any old type of drain cleaning, of course. It needs something with a bit more force to ensure your drains won’t be experiencing clogs any time soon. Fortunately, that type of solution is readily available, thanks to high-pressure water jetting.

And if you want the right service company to do it, please call Stewart Plumbing today. Our team of plumbers will insert a hose down your drains filled with highly-pressured water that will blast away any tough clog. It’s one of the most effective drain cleaning solutions we have to offer. It’s quick, effective, and makes your drains work better than ever. The next time you have a clog, you’ll think twice about using a plunger, and skip right ahead to calling us!

The Benefits of Our Water Jetting Service

Don’t just allow the tough clogs to overtake your drains. Take a stand against them by calling Stewart Plumbing so you can experience:

  • Longer-Lasting Results: This type of drain cleaning in Hernando, MS completely clears out your pipe, leaving no residue and no chance of your blockage coming back. We will make drain clogs a thing of the past, meaning you will be kept at a better peace of mind for a longer period of time.
  • Great Money Savings: Since water jetting reduces the rate of clogging, you will notice great money savings on any future drain cleaning service. This is also reduces the number of times you will need to call for repair on any of your plumbing fixtures. If you call us now, we can make higher costs on repair bills a distant memory too!
  • Environmental Friendliness: Since water jetting does not involve the use of chemicals, this is better for your pipes because it reduces the risk of corrosion. It’s also much friendlier to the environment because it limits the amount of chemicals to seep into ground water, which can prove hazardous to animals and plants.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you want to receive water jetting as a part of our drain cleaning in Hernando, MS. You can wave goodbye to clogs for good!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

3 Ways to Avoid Drain Clogs in Hernando, MS This Spring

3 Ways to Avoid Drain Clogs in Hernando, MS This Spring

  • Drain Cleaning

Are you grossed out by standing water in your shower or foul odors emanating from your kitchen sink or garbage disposal? Sluggish drains and annoying clogs can be a major pain. Here are three easy ways to avoid drain clogs in Hernando, MS. Check out these simple solutions for preventing clogged drains in the first place.

  1. A Little Piece Of Mesh: A metal or plastic mesh screen that eliminates bits and pieces of solids from going down your drain are the simplest cure for drain clogs. Use one to cover the drain’s opening and you’ll see a major reduction in drain clogs and issues. Mesh filters and screens simply lay on top of, or conform to the size of, your drains and can be laid in place in seconds. Try one in your kitchen and bathroom sinks and in your shower where hair plays a huge role in causing clogs.
  2. A Little Bit Of Grease Collect: Used grease, fat and cooking oils in a safe container – try an old coffee can – and dispose of them properly with your garbage. These items are frequently and negligently poured down kitchen drains. Once they congeal and form a solid, they create a mighty clog that often requires time, money and a ton of elbow grease to loosen and clear on your own.
  3. A Little Bit Of Water: Regularly running very hot water down the sink after each use helps grease the wheels, so to speak. Hot water helps eliminate buildup and breakdown certain solids as they make their way through your plumbing. Try adding a scoop of baking soda prior to the hot water deluge to also decrease foul odors and smells.

One of the best ways to prevent sluggish drains is to be mindful of what you pour down your pipes. Kitchen grease, hair, pliable solids and coffee grounds are the biggest enemies of your home plumbing. Call us today and we’ll have your pipes as clean as a whistle and show you how to safely prevent and avoid drain clogs in Hernando, MS.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

3 Benefits of Camera Inspection from Our Drain Cleaning Services in Memphis

3 Benefits of Camera Inspection from Our Drain Cleaning Services in Memphis

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  • Drain Cleaning

Cameras have evolved from big, clunky devices to portable, digital objects we carry around in our pockets. We attach them to everything from pens to cell phones to hidden devices and use them to capture our everyday moments and our lifetime milestones. Did you know video cameras can also be used to help safeguard our homes in various ways? One of those ways is drain cleaning. Yep. Drain cleaning services in Memphis, TN can be enhanced with the use of video camera technology. How? Keep reading.

  1. Video Cameras Help Reduce Expenses: Video cameras reduce expenses when cleaning your drains because they can detect major problems without needing to tear up your indoor walls or outdoor lawns. Video cameras can help detect the cause of plumbing breakdowns and the severity of the problem and can make drain cleaning faster and less expensive. Drain inspecting video cameras can be safely inserted into your drains and pipes by our experienced technicians. Real time video feedback helps you save money.
  1. Video Cameras Help Document The Plumbing Problem: If you want – or your insurance company or landlord demands – solid evidence of your drain issues, our cameras provide sound proof of the exact repair and allows us to provide a detailed cost for your cleaning. Video camera technology offers a clear look at the severity of your drain clog and the exact nature of the contributing debris. It also allows us to pinpoint the material underground pipes and drains are made of. This can be an important part of resolving your drain issues.
  1. Video Cameras Are Flexible Enough To Fit Virtually Anywhere: You’ll avoid huge headaches with the use of our little cameras. A flexible camera with state-of-the-art pictures can be inserted into virtually any size and type of drain pipe. As the camera (attached to a stretchable, waterproof cable) is snaked through your pipes, a strong light and powerful digital video monitors everything in its path. Our guys will even allow you to see what’s going on inside the pipes and drains in your home.

Our professional plumbers routinely take advantage of every technological advancement in plumbing. They are trained and skilled in this area and stay on top of every new plumbing advance. Drain cleaning services in Memphis, TN just got easier with flexible video cameras and a myriad of options for keeping your drains clean and clear. Call us today and put this powerful tool to work for you.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

3 Cost-Efficient Ways to Unclog a Drain in Southaven, MS

3 Cost-Efficient Ways to Unclog a Drain in Southaven, MS

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  • Drain Cleaning

Nearly every homeowner has experienced the warning signs of a clogged drain—showering in a puddle, your kitchen sink draining slower and slower—but dealing with the issue isn’t always as easy recognizing it. Ignoring the clog will only make the problem worse, and it’s always best to address the issue as soon as possible. With over 20 years of plumbing experience, Stewart Plumbing offers a wide range of services that their clients rely on again and again to keep their homes running smoothly. Drain cleaning is one of their specialties, and they’re here to share how you can unclog a drain in Southhaven, MS and save yourself from an expensive plumbing emergency.

  1. Baking Soda and Vinegar: No, you’re not making a paper mache volcano, but the chemical reaction that occurs when you mix baking soda and vinegar does more than win science fairs. First, boil a pot of water and slowly pour it down the drain. Dump in 1/3 cup of baking soda and let that sit for about five minutes. While you’re waiting, mix one cup of vinegar with one cup of boiled water. When the five minutes are up, pour the diluted vinegar down the drain and watch your fizzy sink volcano come to life. Let that sit for about 20 minutes, and then rinse the pipe out with another pot of boiling water. This method won’t work on full blockages, but for smaller clogs, it’s a safe, effective drain cleaning technique.
  2. The Wire Hanger: You could go to the hardware store and invest in some kind of expensive plumbing tool, or you could simply go to your closet and pull out an old wire hanger. Straighten out the hanger until you have a long metal rod, but keep the hook on the end. Hold on to the end opposite of the hook, and insert the hanger into your drain. Fish around in there until you feel resistance, and then push through it. Next, pull the hook—and hopefully the clog—back out of the drain.
  3. Call Stewart Plumbing: There are several do-it-yourself methods that can be extremely effective when it comes to unclogging your drains. If you’re dealing with a major blockage, however, these simple techniques may not be able to get the job done. Stewart Plumbing offers affordable services that you’re guaranteed to be satisfied with. If you need to unclog a drain in Southhaven, MS, their services are a one-time payment that will end up saving you from future plumbing costs and problems.

It won’t take long for a small clog to turn into a big problem. Clogs start off as being inconvenient, but they eventually lead to cracked and burst pipes. Don’t hesitate to call Stewart Plumbing to find out the best way to unclog a drain in Southhaven, MS.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

How Can Sewer Camera Inspection in Memphis Help You?

How Can Sewer Camera Inspection in Memphis Help You?

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  • Drain Cleaning
  • Plumbing

If you want to start the New Year on the right foot, consider sewer camera inspection in Memphis! Drain clogs are already tricky business, and it can be even trickier locating the root of the clog. That means homeowners will often allow clogs to worsen before calling up a professional service for assistance, leaving them with higher repair bills and more worries over the state of their plumbing!

While sewer drain problems are certainly not the way you want to kick off 2016, Stewart Plumbing is here to provide you with sewer camera inspection in Memphis that will identify problems in your drainage system with ease! At Stewart, we’re always looking to find new, innovative ways we can clean drains, and our sewer camera inspection service is proving one of the most effective solutions to dirty drains yet!

The Benefits of Sewer Camera Inspection in Memphis

Sewer camera inspection is the latest in drainage and sewer system technology, and you’ll definitely want to take advantage of it when it comes time to seek professional assistance. Want to know how it can help? Take a look at how our sewer camera inspection services can help you:

  • No Excavation Necessary: Conventional sewer drain cleaning would require plumber to dig up your lawn just to locate the source of a clog, bringing all sorts of unnecessary property damage to your home. Fortunately, the team of drain cleaning experts at Stewart Plumbing can identify the source of clogs without having to worry about ruining that nicely-kept, picturesque lawn!
  • Quicker Drain Repair: Sewer camera inspection in Memphis can spot clogs quickly and gives our plumbers a clear sense of what repairs need to be made. Once the clog is spotted, our plumbers consult with you on the steps that need to be taken to remove it and work quickly on repairs. Quicker identification and repair means you sewer line will be working better than ever sooner!
  • Better Understanding of Your Pipes: Our sewer camera inspection doesn’t just help our plumbers; it also helps you get a greater understanding on the ins and outs of your pipes. At Stewart Plumbing, we believe knowledge is power, and the more you know about drain cleaning the easier it will be for you to communicate your problems to a professional.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you want your sewer drain woes fixed thanks to our sewer camera inspection in Memphis!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

What Can Cause Your Kitchen and Bath Drains in Memphis to Clog?

What Can Cause Your Kitchen and Bath Drains in Memphis to Clog?

  • Drain Cleaning

Kitchen and bath drain clogs are enough to send homeowners tearing out their hair from its roots. After all, your kitchen and bathroom contain the most essential plumbing fixtures in your home including toilets, sinks, and showers. You rely on them every day to perform the most basic tasks, including washing up after a long day. But when they’re not working properly due to a drain clog, it can really throw your day-to-day schedule into a state of flux. And the worst part? You may not even know what’s causing drains to clog!

Stewart Plumbing is here to provide you with service on your kitchen and bath drains in Memphis. Our main goal is to see you be able to live comfortably in your home, and a large part of that is ensuring your kitchen and bath drains are working well. We can apply various drain cleaning methods that blast away clogs quickly, including water jetting and drain snaking. More importantly, we’ll figure out what’s causing those nasty clogs in the first place!

The Main Causes of Kitchen and Bath Clogs

The source of drain clogs can be a mystery for homeowners. Sometimes it’s the most seemingly harmless substance that can create the worst clogs. Other times, the obstruction can come from actual physical objects. Here are a few common clog causers:

  • Hair: Sure, one hair follicle won’t do any damage, but hair will stick to your drains and build up to create a clog so momentous and unsanitary that it will send you calling for professional service sooner than you may think. Hair buildup often occurs in shower drains, either due to shaving or shampooing.
  • Cooking Grease: One would think grease could turn drains into a virtual slip-n-slide, but the truth of the matter is that grease will harden and slow down passage in your pipes, making it even more difficult to remove. Discard cooking grease in a plastic bag and throw it in the garbage.
  • Paper Products: Toilet paper may be light, but it can also stick to your drains like glue. While this mainly occurs in toilet drains, buildup of paper products can also occur in garbage disposals, especially if the paper is too thick to shred up.
  • Food: While your drains can survive the passage of smaller food particles, anything like larger pieces of produce, meat, and pasta can easily clog your drains. If you have a garbage disposal, keep food particles light and small so they can be easily chopped up.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you want to receive high-quality service on kitchen and bathroom drains in Memphis!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Drain Cleaning in Memphis: 3 Reasons to Clean Your Catch Basins and Storm Drains

Drain Cleaning in Memphis: 3 Reasons to Clean Your Catch Basins and Storm Drains

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Catch basins and storm drains are one of the most important aspects of your home’s plumbing system. They’re mainly responsible for filtering out materials like leaves, paper, rocks, trash, and food that would otherwise clog sewer drains. They’re also incredibly effective in helping route water from rains, floods, and other ground water into the sewer systems and keeps it away from more vulnerable areas of your home. However, catch basins and storm drains need to be cleaned and maintained regularly or else your home will become a hot spot for flooding and sewer backups.

Stewart Plumbing offers great drain cleaning in Memphis to keep your catch basins and storm drains working wonderfully. Our team of plumbers will work quickly to ensure you won’t have to worry about experiencing the unsanitary consequences of sewer problems ever again! The main goal is to equip you with durable clog and flooding prevention, and our cleaning services make that goal possible!

Why Should You Clean Your Catch Basins and Storm Drains?

Having your catch basin and storm drain cleaned can save you from disaster. If you’re unsure how it exactly can benefit you, here are 3 simple reasons:

  1. Flooding Prevention: When your basement floods and you don’t have any clean storm drains to keep the water away, it can lead to your basement becoming submerged in water. Worse, flooding can lead to long-term water damage that can leave your basement beyond repair and increases the risk of mold growing in your home, which can lead to illness and respiratory problems.
  2. No Sewer Backups: Sewer backups can be incredibly unsanitary due to waste leaking from pipes. Not only is it incredibly unsanitary, it will cost you plenty of money in getting it repaired. It may also ruin your front lawn due to puddling, which can lower your property value if it’s not fixed immediately. Fortunately, our drain cleaning services can ensure your catch basin and storm drain are always working to reduce sewer backups, making for a healthier home in the process.
  3. Trash & Debris Elimination: Storms with heavy winds tend to blow trash and debris around, which can cause property damage depending on the level of debris flying into your home.  While a catch basin can prevent debris from ruining your lawn, and help you keep your property trash-free, it’s important to get regular drain cleaning to maintain a high level of performance in your catch basin and storm drains.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today for great drain cleaning in Memphis that can help you in ways you didn’t even think possible!

 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Our Top 3 Solutions for Drain Clogs in Memphis

Our Top 3 Solutions for Drain Clogs in Memphis

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When drain clogs in Memphis begin to run roughshod on your home’s plumbing, you need to take care of it immediately or else be prepared to experience plenty of headaches in the future. While some clogs can simply be fixed by the use of a plunger, tougher, more complicated clogs need the attention of a professional service who can apply a wide variety of cleaning methods. Refusal or hesitance to seek a professional service for help can lead to the overall performance of your plumbing fixtures to weaken to the point where they are rendered unusable. Make no mistake, drain clogs are no joke.

Stewart Plumbing is your number-one service for drain clogs in Memphis. We offer a wide variety of cleaning methods including hydro jetting and video camera inspection to rid your drains from the threat of clogs. We’ll also consult with you on what needs to be done to ensure logs stay away from your toilets, sinks, showers, and main drains for a long time to come. Our main goal is to see you 100% satisfied with your plumbing, and part of that is ensuring your drains remain the cleanest they’ve ever been!

Drain Clogs in Memphis: 3 Effective Solutions

So, how exactly do we keep clogs away from your drains? And how does it benefit you? Take at the following 3 solutions that makes our drain cleaning service the best in Memphis:

  1. Video Camera Inspection: Identifying the source of a drain clog is unbelievably difficult. Fortunately, thanks to innovations in drain cleaning technology, you’ll be able to receive an in-depth look at what’s causing your drains to clog. Our team of plumbers can drop a small camera down a backed up or clogged drain to identify the causes of drain clogs and get them fixed before they worsen.
  2. Drain Snake: The drain snakes offered by Stewart Plumbing are pieces of state-of-the-art technology that can simply be dropped down a clogged drain and loosen any clogs to ensure easier drain cleaning. The snake will “corkscrew” through the clog while its back end loosens up any substances and scrapes it off a pipe’s interior. It’s a quick, cheap solution for the toughest clogs.
  3. Water Jetting: Our water jetting services see our plumbers send a surge of high-pressured water down your drains and blast away any clog with ease. Our water jetting also takes into account the size and material of your pipes, so the high-pressured water won’t cause any sort of long-term damage.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you want to see us implement these 3 solutions for drain clogs in Memphis!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Drain Cleaning Tips from the Memphis Plumbing Experts

Drain Cleaning Tips from the Memphis Plumbing Experts

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Whether you’re experiencing a small drain clog or a more serious backup, both can ruin your day. Don’t let a drain clog drag you down! Know how to unclog small blockages and when to call for help. When you need a drain-cleaning expert, contact your local Memphis plumbing professionals at Stewart Plumbing.

Drain Cleaning Tips

The best way to rid your plumbing of a drain clog is to avoid one altogether! Grease, bits of food, and hair are all villains when it comes to debris buildup in your plumbing. One effective way to keep these things from entering into your drains is to keep a drain strainer in your sinks and shower.

You can also routinely clean your drains with baking soda and vinegar. This mixture will eat at any grime buildup and send it on its way! Let it sit for a few hours and then rinse with hot, boiling water.

For small clogs, you can use a drain snake to fish out the debris. Drain snakes are a wise investment as you can use them more than once and they won’t hurt your pipes or the environment (unlike other drain-cleaning, harsh chemicals).

If you’ve taken these necessary precautions against a drain clog, and you notice a backup in your plumbing system, don’t wait! Trying to unclog serious blockages on your own can often make matters worse. Trust a trained and experienced plumber to alleviate your drain clog quickly and effectively.

Stewart Plumbing—Drain-Cleaning Experts

No matter the size or location of your drain clog, Stewart Plumbing can help! They begin every drain-cleaning service with a camera inspection. These inspections save a lot of time (and save you money) because a plumber can identify the exact location of the clog. They can see how large the blockage is, if there are numerous locations, and what the debris consists of.

Depending on the clog, a skilled plumber from Stewart Plumbing will use a high-pressure water jet or a drain snake to remove the clog safely and effectively.

If you’re experiencing a drain clog, don’t wait another minute! Call the experts at Stewart Plumbing and get on the schedule today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Drain Cleaning Tips for Memphis Homeowners

Drain Cleaning Tips for Memphis Homeowners

  • Drain Cleaning
  • Plumbing
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There’s really nothing more aggravating than having a dirty, messy, foul-smelling drain clog in your home. Yet so many homeowner in the Memphis area try to live with drains that leave standing water in the sink or tub, create bad odors in their kitchen or bathroom, and even put their health at risk. Why? Simply because they don’t know how easy it can be to get rid of these unhealthy nuisances with do-it-yourself drain cleaning solutions.

In this week’s blog, we thought we’d put together some DIY drain cleaning tips for Memphis homeowners to help them fix their drain issues once and for all. This season, make drain maintenance a part of your spring cleaning! If you need any help making your home’s plumbing safer, more efficient, and healthier overall, simply call the Memphis drain cleaning experts at Stewart Plumbing to15day!

Top 5 Memphis Drain Cleaning Solutions

Here are some simple drain cleaning methods that any Memphis homeowner can handle on their own. Next time your toilet backs up or your kitchen sink starts bubbling, apply one of the following:

  1. The Good Ol’ Plunger– Every home ought to have a plunger in case of sudden drain back-ups that threaten to overflow wastewater into your living spaces.
  2. Salt Water Solutions– Don’t waste money on expensive chemical drain cleaners that corrode the interiors of your pipes. Instead, use a brine or some very strong salt water to loosen up blockages and eliminate odors. This DIY fix is best for kitchen sinks, and it can even be used to prevent clogs from happening in the first place!
  3. Vinegar & Baking Soda– Remember your 1st grade science fair project? The one where you made a model volcano erupt by mixing vinegar and baking soda together? That same household reaction can also save you a great deal of money on drain repair: just pour a half cup of backing soda down the drain followed by a half cup of vinegar and some boiling hot water. Just don’t overdo it! You don’t want a model volcano in your kitchen sink.
  4. Invest in a Drain Snake– This traditional plumbers tool is actually very simple to use and can be purchased at just about any hardware store.

If you ever run into a drain cleaning problem you can’t solve on your own – such as older pipe material, residue build-up, or corroded drains, never hesitate to call in the Memphis drain cleaning experts at Stewart Plumbing & Drain Cleaning. For fast, efficient, and safe professional drain maintenance, call Stewart and ask about our service partner plans today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Liquid Drain Cleaning Chemicals in Memphis FAQ

Liquid Drain Cleaning Chemicals in Memphis FAQ

  • Drain Cleaning

Frequently Asked Questions about Chemical Drain Cleaners

Q: Should I use chemical drain cleaning substances to fight drain clogs?

A: This is a question we get all the time and although there are isolated incidents in which folks find (usually temporary) success with chemical drain cleaners like Drano or Liquid Plumber, in most cases, using this type of stuff on your pipes is a pretty bad idea. In addition to their spotty success rate, chemical drain cleaning substances can seriously harm your pipes and septic system. Pouring a little Drano on a firmly entrenched grease clog is the equivalent of slapping a Band-Aid on a bullet wound. Not only will your clog soon be back with a vengeance, but there’s a very good chance you are making things even worse down there.

Q: What about minor clogs? Would chemical drain cleaners do the trick then?

A: If the clog is even close to a serious one, most chemicals will not work. Soap scum, maybe a little grease clog? Yeah, a little Drano might burn a little pinhole through it, but my guess is that if you’re surfing these pages, your problem is more along the lines of a collapsed pipe or overgrown tree roots, in which case chemical substances won’t help you at all.

Q: Are there any safety concerns to using harsh drain cleaning chemicals to clear my clogs?

A: Yes, if you decide to use a harsh drain cleaner with caustic chemicals and enzymes, be sure to use them only in well-ventilated environments as they typically give off some seriously noxious fumes. Here’s a safety tip: if you must use one of these substances, DO NOT use them in toilets without first reading the directions explicitly. They chemicals are so heavy they have been known to sometimes make toilets literally explode. So yes, as with any chemical substance, heed the warning label and you should be alright.bigstock-Several-Cleaning-Products-1013830

Q: Ok, this stuff is more powerful than I thought. What else do I need to keep myself safe and my pipes intact?

A:  Before you use a chemical drain cleaner, check the label to see if it contains acid or lye. Both of these ingredients are extraordinarily potent corrosives that can contaminate waste water and septic systems, damage or destroy PVC piping, and cause serious damage to skin and eyes!

Using liquid chemical drain cleaners on your pipes can be a tricky business. Why not just call the drain cleaning experts at XXX to learn what other (safer!) options we can provide for you. Call today—our operators are standing by 24/7!

 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Tree Roots and Drains in Memphis FAQ

Tree Roots and Drains in Memphis FAQ

  • Drain Cleaning

Frequently Asked Questions about Tree Roots in Sewer Lines

Q: What is the most common cause of sewer line damage or clogs?

A: Tree roots, by far. These sinister, creeping tendrils will strangle your vulnerable pipes until they’re so squeezed and overgrown that nothing can flow through. Even the smallest crack or fissure in a sewer line will send out signals to tree roots that they will follow, forcing their way in, even if it takes weeks, months or years. Tree roots are the sewer line’s most relentless enemy. In the right conditions, spidery roots tendrils that manage to force through pipe fissues have the potential to grow as large as the sewer line itself!

Q: What about tree roots makes them such pipe pulverizers?

A: Because they’re opportunists! Tree roots are most likely to penetrate sewer lines that were already damaged and rest in the top 2 feet of soil. Try to avoid planting large trees that grow quickly anywhere near your sewer lines. Also try to keep the root systems of existing tree in check through careful pruning and landscaping.

Q: What types of trees are my sewer lines’ biggest enemies?

A: There are no “safe” trees when it comes to protecting your sewer lines. But be sure to steer clear of the following at all costs: ash, sweetgum, poplar, cottonwood, lowland oak, locust, willow, basswood, tuliptree, sycamore, box elder and many maple varieties such as sugar, red, Norway and silver.

Q: How can I protect my sewer lines through landscaping efforts?

A: Well, first off, water seeking trees like the ones listed above should be replaced every 8-10 years before they can grow into pipes and sewer lines. In addition, plant only small, slow growing trees near sewer lines. When replacing old sewer lines or installing brand new ones, do whatever you can to ensure root infiltration won’t be a problem down the road.

Q: What if it’s too late and I’m already dealing with root intrusion? Is there anything I can do to minimize the damage?

A: Don’t panic! There are still a couple of things you can do to take some stress off your sewer lines. First, you could try using chemical root killers that slowly release chemicals to stop root growth. You can also try naturally compacted layers of soil to make it harder for roots to penetrate. This involves laying down chemical layers of sulfur, zinc, borate, sodium, salt or herbicides. We’ve also seen some success with folks creating underground air pockets using large stones which encourages roots to grow in that direction rather than toward your pipes.

Q: Ok, but what about root killer? Would that stuff work here?

A: Some of our clients have reported success with foaming root killers. You can pick this stuff up at your local hardware store, but it is pretty harsh and we would probably try a more environmentally friendly method first. But, hey, everyone has their breaking point… If that oak in your front yard just won’t take ‘no’ for an answer, by all means break out the poison! Bonus root killing tip: tree roots get in most of their annual growth in the spring and fall, so use these months as your ‘root hunting’ season! Good luck.

Q: This all sounds like a lot of work. Is there any chance, the roots will simply miss my pipes?

A: Not a chance. Trees are clever creatures; survivors through and through. If you want my advice, take yourself out of the equation—a tree can be a remarkably formidable opponent. Really the best way to save your root tangled pipes is to contact a drain or sewer cleaning specialist like Stewart Plumbing ASAP!

Tree roots ‘stumping’ your pipe system? Get the Stewart Plumbing drain and sewer cleaning experts on the job today!

 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Drain Maintenance: 5 Ways to Prevent Main Line Clogs in Memphis

Drain Maintenance: 5 Ways to Prevent Main Line Clogs in Memphis

  • Drain Cleaning

Drain Maintenance Tips for Memphis Homeowners

  1. Remove Trees: If your primary problem is overgrown tree roots from trees, you may need to remove some of the trees near your home that are causing the problem. When our technicians arrive on a drain clog call, one of the first things they check is how close the clog is to trees or their extensive root system. Homes with yards that are dotted with lovely old pines and oaks are often the homes most susceptible to reoccurring main line problems. Although we always regret being forced to remove a tree, it is often in the best interest of the homeowner. Most folks decide that they simply can’t afford to continually address their main line problems, only to have the problem reappear due to those pesky tress.
  2. Limit what you put down your kitchen drain: This should be a no-brainer. Even though your garbage disposal may seem like it’s up to the task of eating just about anything, that doesn’t mean you should actually be putting anything and everything down your sink. Putting fibrous food items like onions, potato peels and celery down the drain is always a bad idea. Same goes for grease. In fact, when it comes to kitchen drain clogs, grease is probably public enemy number one. Even seemingly innocuous good items like grains of rice can swell with water and then clog your sink drain as they stick on to your pipe interiors. Having a small trash can near your sink is probably the best fix here. Instead of over-relying on the garbage disposal, dump leftover food in the trash instead!
  3. Don’t put hair down the bathroom sink: Hair doesn’t disintegrate quickly, even with enyzmes, and it can quickly make a terrible tangled mess of your drain. Don’t take hair off your brush and put it down your sink or toilet. Put it in the trash, along with dentel floss any and other clog catcher. For even extra protection, use a plastic hair catcher on your shower drain and install a drain trap in your bathroom sink.
  4. Use enzymes regularly: Perhaps the most useful thing you can do to discourage a reoccurring main line clog is to routinely use natural enyzme treatments like Bio-Clean. By regularly introducing these powerful, but safe enzymes into your pipes, you allow them to eat away at all the accumulated waste that causes blockages. This stuff really works—a little will go a long way toward keeping your main line flowing freely at all times. Because these enzymes need time to work their magic on your pipes, you should begin the treatment at night and then refrain from using those sinks and showers until the following morning. For maximum effect, do all the drains in the house at once.
  5. Install a lint catcher: Equip the drain connected to your washing machine with one of these bad boys. This will stop extra lint from entering your drain and becoming the source of a nasty clog in the future as the lint accumulates.

We are your Memphis drain cleaning experts. It doesn’t matter what the problem is, we have the tools, training and experience to get the job done and get it done right the very first time! Call Stewart Plumbing today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Sewer Backups in Memphis FAQ

Sewer Backups in Memphis FAQ

  • Drain Cleaning

Frequently Asked Questions About Sewer Backups

Q: What exactly is a sewer backup and what causes them?

A: When wastewater flowing away from your home toward the sewer main (by gravity or pressure) encounters a blockage in the sewer line, this can cause a back-up through your floor drains, toilets and other plumbing fixtures at low points in your home. These can get pretty nasty when they start to overflow, potentially causing severe water damage and threatening the health of the home’s occupants as well. Sewer backups are a stubborn breed of plumbing problem and will likely persist until the blockage is forcibly removed or until sewage is no longer entering the line.

Q: What are the top 3 causes of sewer backups and how can they be prevented?

A: 1. Clogged lines: These occur when waste, inorganic debris, paper products, tree roots, grease or saturated ground build-up in your sewer lines until they are creating a traffic-jamming blockage. Prevent such clog causing build-up by performing regular maintenance or hiring a professional to do it for you. Here’s a clog-killing tip: flush tree root killer down your toilet annually and stop them from ever taking hold of your vulnerable pipes.

2. Heavy rain: When heavy rain strikes, a sewer back up usually manifests in the homeowner’s basement rather than outside the house in the yard. Obviously, there’s not much you can do to prevent the rain, but you can try and stay ahead of the flooding by hiring a professional to maintain your main lines. That way when the heavy rains do hit, your plumbing will be adequately prepared.

3. Human interference: Unfortunately, in some cases, sewer backups are caused by humans. They can result from illegal activity such as placing unauthorized items in manholes or common vandalism. Similar to the unpredictability of rain, you can’t exactly forecast human stupidity. But what you can do is install gates and locks to prevent unauthorized persons from accessing the lines.

Q: If my sewer does backup into my home, am I at risk of anything?

A: Yes, sewer backups are highly unsanitary situations. They can sometimes lead to disease, property destruction, loss of valuable items, and can even result in dangerous electrical malfunctions. Prompt cleanup of the affected area is a must as it can help minimize the inconvenience, damage and help prevent the mold and mildew that often results from sewage soaks walls and flooring.

Q: What else should I know in terms of sewer back up prevention?

A: Here are a few simple tips and tricks that can stop a backing up sewer in its tracks:

  • Backwater prevention valve: This fixture is installed into a sewer or drain line in the basement of a home. It is specifically designed to prevent sewer backups. A properly installed and maintained backwater valve allows sewage to go out, but not to come back in.
  • Floor drain plug: Most sewer back ups start in the floor drain. This handy plug seals off the drain and prevents liquids from passing through in either direction.
  • Standpipe: A cheaper alternative to the floor drain plug. The standpipe allows water to enter through the drain, while still keeping it in the pipe. This is more than a half-measure than anything else, however. If you encounter a more severe back up, pull one of these other options from your bag of tricks.
  • Overhead sewer: An overhead sewer works by intercepting the back, just as it is occurring. It has an ejector pump that moves sewage out through an appropriate exit, away from vulnerable areas of your property.

More questions about sewer back ups? Call Stewart Plumbing today to learn how our sewer services can help you backup issues!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

General Drain Cleaning in Memphis FAQ

General Drain Cleaning in Memphis FAQ

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Q. What can I do in terms of regular maintenance to keep my drains from clogging? 
A. Well for starters, fill up kitchen sinks and laundry tub lines with hot water and let it drain. This allows the pipe to fill with water instead of just letting it hit the bottom of the line. It also serves to push any blockage causing debris out of the main line. If you have a clogging problem that keeps coming back, you may have a bigger blockage. In that case, repeated repairs and maintenance techniques quickly begin to lose their cost-effectiveness. Contact us and we will send one of our highly trained drain cleaning experts to clear your line once and for all.

Q. What (if anything) should I be using to regularly treat my drains and decrease my risk of a clog? 
A. Hot water, for sure. Our expert technicians do not recommend using harsh acid chemical cleaners in your lines as they can ultimately cause more problems than they actually solve for your drain line in the long run. They may offer a temporary fix, but oftentimes the use of such heavy chemicals can present an entire different set of problems to be dealt with. Your best bet in terms of decreasing the chances of experiencing a clog is to call in our expert sewer line cleaners to set up a preventative maintenance schedule using state-of-the-art professional drain cables and augurs.

Q. Why do tree roots repeatedly go after my sewer lines and what can I do to stop them? 
A. Tree roots are naturally attracted to water and one of the most consistent, abundant sources of underground water is in your sewer lines so it follows logically the two might clash eventually, right? Your sewer line is not only a great source of water, but also possesses certain nutrients that tree roots can thrive on. Trees are crafty creatures and their roots need only the smallest crevice to sneak into your drain line where they can grow, prosper, and cause unsuspecting homeowners big-time headaches. And once those nasty root masses are established in your pipes, they can quickly become clogged with toilet tissue, grease and other debris flowing through your plumbing to the main sewer. This type of “hybrid clog” is about as bad as we see and usually results in drastically reduced flow, slow moving drains and a total blockage which can cause other drains in your home to backup. Once you know there is tree root problem in your line, (usually signaled by a bad sewer back up) it is very wise to work with professionals to set up a regular preventative maintenance plan. This can be once a year or every 6 months depending on how severe your tree root problem is. Our trained drain cleaning experts will do their best to prevent you from ever having a messy back up again by working to set up these plans with you. Setting up a preventative maintenance plan with our drain cleaning team will save you time, money and prevent those messy, unsanitary sewer backups in the future.

Q. Rid X or Liquid Drano – are these products I should be using in my lines?
A. It is best to not use harsh liquid chemical drain cleaners like Drano in your lines. The truth is, these products are only a temporary fix and if they do not break down the clog they actually get trapped in your line causing acid erosion to the line itself. Use them at your own risk. When in doubt contact us and one of our drain cleaning experts can help you decide which other options could better serve you.

At Stewart Plumbing, we are your local drain cleaning experts. If you’re looking for drain cleaning service in Memphis, look no further! Call today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Water Jetting in Memphis FAQ

Water Jetting in Memphis FAQ

  • Drain Cleaning

Ask an Expert_bannerQ: What is high pressure water jetting?

A: This is an efficient, economical and environmentally safe drain cleaning method. Using state-of-the-art pumps and flexible hoses, water is forced under varying amounts of pressure into the sewer line. A special nozzle called a ‘cutter’ attaches to the end of the heavy-duty hose and is equipped with an assortment of forward and reverse water jets, which directs powerful streams of concentrated water up against dirty, grimy pipe interiors. Water jetters can cut through even the most resilient clogs and blockages, clearing the line and even leaving the pipe interiors remarkably clean after.

Q: What kind of pipe and drain blockages are water jetters best at eliminating?

A: The highly pressurized force of our water jetters can penetrate hardened globs of grease, break apart random waste sludge and debris, shred tree roots, slice through hardened scale. And the kicker is that once the ‘cutting’ is done, the water helps flush loose detritus along your pipes and finally out of your plumbing system.

Q: Can I use water jets on clogged sewers as well as clogged drains?

A: Yes, water jetting can be an awesome solution to sewer back ups, which, for my money, are the most disgusting and distressing plumbing mishaps a homeowner will ever encounter. But I digress… Water jets—yes, they can help a great deal with sewer back ups. They are powerful and versatile enough to punch through most any serious sewer line clog. The highly pressurized water jets will scour the inside of your sewer line and improve the flow of your sewer system without causing damage to it.

Q: How often should I plan on having my pipes and drains professionally water jetted?

A: Well, this will ultimately depend on variables like how many people are living in your home, how much use each individual drain gets and how diligent you are about always following basic drain maintenance tips. But if I had to pick a number, I would say that most of our customers seem to benefit the most from one or two cleanings annually.

Let our water jetting experts blast through those pesky pipe clogs and drain backups! Call Stewart Plumbing today to learn more or schedule an in-home consultation.

 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

The Advantages of Bio-Clean Drain Treatment

The Advantages of Bio-Clean Drain Treatment

  • Drain Cleaning

You may have seen in our last blog that we discouraged the use of chemical drain cleaners.  These formulas are powerful and can frequently break down tough drain clogs, but they come with a heavy price: after repeated use, brand-name chemical drain cleaners like Drano tend to corrode the inner lining of your pipes.  This causes sediment to get lose inside of your plumbing system, often resulting in further build-ups and blockages.  Your immediate problem may be solved, but each time you use chemicals on your pipes you’re actually creating a bigger headache for yourself down the line.

Luckily, though, there’s an alternative: it’s called Bio-Clean, and it’s an organic drain treatment solution that never does damage to the inorganic material of your pipes.  Stewart Plumbing strongly supports Bio-Clean for homeowner drain maintenance — in fact, we’ve become a certified dealer of Bio-Clean in order to help with the distribution of the product!  Why?

Because Bio-Clean works differently than other brands.  Instead of being made of destructive and dangerous chemicals, the Bio-Clean formula is comprised of bacteria and enzymes than literally digest clogs. They don’t do any harm to your pipes, and they’re significantly better for the environment because they’re naturally occurring.  Plus, they’re safer for people as well!  No more worrying about the use and storage of nasty chemicals.  You can do just as good a job keeping your drains obstruction free without all of those negative and dangerous elements.

What’s even cooler is that, because Bio-Clean is an organic, living substance, it isn’t restricted by gravity.  Once you put it into your drains, it spreads throughout the entire plumbing system, cleaning as it goes!

So, to review, Bio-Clean is:

  • Better for the Environment
  • Safer for your Family
  • More Effective for Cleaning Your Drains
  • Not Damaging to Your Pipes

What are you waiting for?  Put down those chemicals and call Stewart Plumbing to ask about how you can have Bio-Clean in your home today!  And in the case of a plumbing emergency, remember to call Stewart Plumbing to take care of any and all of your drain cleaning needs.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Drain Cleaning Tips for Memphis Homeowners

Drain Cleaning Tips for Memphis Homeowners

  • Drain Cleaning

Nobody wants to deal with drain clogs.  Unfortunately, they’re an extremely common problem for homeowners in the Memphis and Northern Tennessee area, and they’re something that we at Stewart Plumbing are called in to deal with all of the time.  As they age, pipes tend to lose their flow capacity to residue build-up, corrosion, and constant use — that’s just a fact.

But there are some things that you can do to ensure your drains last as long as possible, and the Stewart Plumbing professionals want to share them with you!  Follow these 5 simple tips to keep your pipes running smooth all the way into their old age:

  1. Landscape Carefully– A huge problem we have here in the Memphis area is tree root intrusion.  That’s when the roots from trees and bushes in your yards find moisture in your pipes and invade through the seams.  Tree roots in your sewer line can cause leaks, clogs, backups, and even disjointing, so when you plant trees be very careful that they’re far away from your underground pipes!
  2. Don’t Flush, Throw it Away– It may seem like your toilet drains can handle anything, but over time flushing absorptive papers or hygienic products can build up into major problems.  When in doubt, through it out!
  3. Avoid Drain Cleaning Chemicals– Brand products like Drano may eliminate some of your clogs, but over time they actually cause more issues than they solve.  Corrosive chemical agents tend to degrade the lining of the pipes, causing sediment build up and further complications.  They don’t actually address the root of the issue, which is generally flow restriction from oil and grease. Speaking of…
  4. Never Pour Grease Down the Sink– It’s unavoidable that some greases and oils from your plates will wind up in the drains, but when you can avoid letting those sticky, fatty runoffs go through your plumbing, do so!
  5. Proper Maintenance– At the first sign of a problem, call Stewart Plumbing to get your drains cleaner right.

Have a drain problem?  Call Stewart Plumbing for service today!  And don’t forget that Stewart is currently offering whole-home system checks, a $149 inspection value, absolutely FREE!  So call today, and enjoy your holidays worry-free!

 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Drain Cleaning in Memphis

Drain Cleaning in Memphis

  • Drain Cleaning

There are few things more frustrating than being forced to stand ankle-deep in your own shower water. Not only is this disgusting, but it defeats the purpose of showering to keep you clean. When this happens, it means that your tub, sink or toilet is clogged. If this problem is not taken care of, you may run into more serious problems over time. Worst case scenario, a pipe will burst and lead to your basement flooding because there are so many clogs that are backing up the system.

Cleaning up water damage can be a costly and time-consuming process. When a flood happens, you will also have to deal with the smell of sewage in your basement for hours or even days later. A drain cleaning is the easiest and best way to prevent this sort of disaster from ever occurring.

Flooding isn’t even the only thing a proactive drain cleaning can help prevent. It also means that you can have:

  • A more hygienic home: Clogged sewage drains give off a sour smell. A drain cleaning eliminates those smells and means you won’t experience smelly wastewater in your basement.
  • Constant water pressure: Flooding in your basement means you’re without water for a few days, but what about before the flood happens? A cleaned drain is one with good water pressure; it’s also less likely to burst and spill water into your basement.
  • Smooth flushing toilets: Sewage pipes are some of the most common to burst and cause flooding. A toilet that flushes smoothly is one where you don’t have to worry about pipe damage and the flood that can result.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to get your drains cleaned! Get in touch with the plumbing pros at Stewart Plumbing today and prevent a flood from ruining your home!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Tree Roots in Your Sewer Line in Memphis, TN

Tree Roots in Your Sewer Line in Memphis, TN

  • Drain Cleaning

Here at Stewart Plumbing, we’ve noticed that every year at right around January, we start getting calls about the very same plumbing problem: tree roots in the sewer line.  As the snow starts to melt and every tree in Memphis starts to come back to life again, homeowners see their fixtures not working properly — toilets don’t seem to flush right, kitchen sinks smell rotten, showers start to have standing water build up — and they call us in.  We often find that pesky tree roots are the problem, as the roots that have already invaded start to rapidly grow again.

Why does this happen? Well, tree roots are designed to seek out moisture.  All too often, they find the wetness and nutrients they need in our sewer lines, and once they break in through the pipe seams they start to cause all sorts of problems, including leaks, clogs, and even complete disjointing.  Even worse is the fact that, once there are tree roots in your sewer line, they keep coming back, so year after year you keep having the same sorts of problems.

But never fear: Stewart Plumbing can help.  We have two main strategies for dealing with tree roots in your sewer line, and they are:

  • Hydrojetting– High pressured water jetting is the high-tech alternative to rooters and drain snakes; when those conventional means can’t get the job done, it’s time to call in the hydrojetter for a more complete clean!  Hydrojetting sends a powerful blast of water through your drains that not only blasts away tree roots completely but can also restore your pipes to the condition they were in ten years ago by removing all of the grease, oil, and grime from the pipe walls!
  • Root-X– This product is a favorite or ours for its fast acting and effective root elimination and prevention.  When Root-X goes down your drains, it turns into a thick foam that surrounds and destroys roots completely.  Stewart Plumbing is a certified dealer of Root-X, so you can purchase the product from us for your own uses online at this link!

Both of these techniques are so thorough that they can actually prevent further tree root intrusion in the future.  Also, remember that Stewart Plumbing is currently offering FREE whole-home plumbing inspection to homeowners, so if you suspect you might have these problems, you should call now for preventative care!  Call Stewart Plumbing for service today, and we’ll keep your plumbing running smooth all through the winter and spring.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Drain Clog Causes in Memphis

Drain Clog Causes in Memphis

  • Drain Cleaning

From time to time, drain clogs can happen. It’s also possible that you might be unsure of what caused your drain to clog to begin with. Fortunately enough, Stewart Plumbing is here to help you get to the bottom of your clogged up drain issues!

Below is a list that we collected of 10 of the most common reasons that your drain might be clogged:

10 Ways Your Drains Could Be Clogged

  1. Lack of city sewer line maintenance: It’s the city’s responsibility to maintain the municipal sewer line. If they don’t stay on top of keeping it clean, then it is possible that you will get the brunt of the backup.
  2. Grease: Even though many things that you eat and cook with produces grease, it is not a good idea to put it down your drain. Grease is difficult to break up and will cause clogging.
  3. Main line break: When you have a break in your main line, you will probably notice a random pile of debris in one spot. Main line problems can cause major plumbing issues inside your home.
  4. Food items: Believe it or not, your garbage disposal destroy everything that you toss down it. Not to mention, if you don’t have a disposal, your drains will quickly get clogged up if you throw food down there. Be careful not to dispose of starchy, stringy vegetables, potato peels, coffee grinds, and other foods down your kitchen drain.
  5. Tree roots: Tree roots in the line is not only one of the most common, but also one most difficult clogs to take care of. Once these roots get into your pipes, they feed off the water and nutrients. This causes them to grow, expand, and eventually block your pipes. If the roots are left to grow there for too long, they can rupture your line.
  6. Collapsed sewer line: This will cause multiple fixtures in your home to back up and needs to be looked at immediately.
  7. Incorrectly-installed piping: Though this is beyond your control, it is smart to have this problem fixed as soon as possibles. Pipes that were not originally connected properly can cause some serious damage.
  8. Sagging sewer lines: This typically causes the drains in your home to run slower than normal. Since slow drains could be from a number of different things, you may want to bring in a Stewart Plumbing expert to check and ensure it’s not because of sagging sewer lines.
  9. Unauthorized items flushed down the toilet: This might be obvious, but accidentally flushing down foreign items like hygiene products and toothbrushes down the toilet can cause clogging.
  10. Outside debris in the line: Mud, clay, and grass can all get into the line if it has been punctured.

If you have any questions pertaining  to drain clogs, get in touch with Stewart Plumbing today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Clogged Toilet in Memphis

Clogged Toilet in Memphis

  • Drain Cleaning
  • Plumbing

More Than One Clogged Toilet Could Mean Sewer Line Backup

If there is one plumbing fixture in your home that’s used most often, your toilet is probably it. So, if it gets clogged up to the point where it’s not usable, then you know you have a problem!

There are a number of different causes for your toilet clogging up – too much toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, children’s toys, unauthorized objects like a toothbrush, or tree roots.

If plunging away doesn’t work, and you can’t pull up any toys or gunk with a clothes hanger, then it’s time to call in the professionals.

Stewart Plumbing Toilet Clog Removal

  1. The first step in a successful clog removal is to use a plumber’s snake. The snake helps to get rid of any standing water and gives us proper access to the drain.
  2. Then, out come the drain cameras. The video camera is used to see the severity and location of the clog. It also lets us know exactly what we’re working with so we can get the job done right the first time.
  3. The last step is to use our hydro jets to clean the drain. Hydrojetting involves sending high-pressure water quickly into your drain to remove almost any item that’s clogging it up. The jets break up obstructions into small pieces that can easily wash through the sewer. This process also completely cleans your pipes, leaving them in like-new conditions. For those especially tough clogs, like one made up of tree roots, hydrojetting is the best option.

 

More Than a Toilet Clog

If your toilet suddenly became blocked and you can’t unclog it yourself, it’s possible that you have a bigger problem on your hands.

Check the other drains and toilets in your home. Are your drains running slower than normal? Are your other toilets completely unusable? If the answer is yes, then it’s possible you have a main line clog.

Your main sewer line carries all the waste water out of your home to the city’s main. If it gets backed up, you’ll have sewage backing up into your home. Keep this thought at the back of your mind just in case it ever happens in your home.

Whether it’s a toilet you just can’t unclog, or it’s a main line blockage, Stewart Plumbing can handle it. Give us a call today! 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Ask a Memphis Plumber: The Drawbacks of Drain Cleaning Chemicals

Ask a Memphis Plumber: The Drawbacks of Drain Cleaning Chemicals

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Powerful chemical drain cleaners are never used or recommended by professional plumbers. What’s so bad about these chemical drain cleaners? A lot, actually. Although many of these substances perform as advertised, the amount of damage they do to your pipes and their fragile interiors is often overlooked. Any drain cleaning professional worth his salt will steer you away from the use of chemicals that contain harsh acids like Liquid Plumber or Drano. Let’s take a look at the four reasons drain cleaning professionals don’t use chemical drain cleaners:

  1. Damage: Although these powerful chemical may seem to clear up your pipe problem (at least in the short term) they ultimately do much more harm than good after repeated use. These are extremely corrosive substances that unfortunately are more likely gradually to dissolve and erode your pipes than break up the food and debris that is the real cause of the blockage. This can result in holes or breakages in your drain lines. We have even seen these chemicals cause this amount of damage after just one single use. This isn’t likely to happen to you after just one use, but as a general rule of thumb, protect your pipes by keeping drain cleaning chemicals out of them at all times.
  2. Effectiveness: For the most part, drain cleaning chemicals are highly ineffective. This is especially true when you compare the results of a drain cleaning chemical regimen with the results of one of our cabling or water jetting jobs. Although chemical drain cleaners can do the trick when it comes to dissolving simple hair or grease clogs, their effectiveness decreases significantly when it comes to heavier clogs. The best way to clean drains is with a cabling or water jetting machine depending on the severity of the clog. Bottom line: our professional drain cleaning services are more effective than a chemical drain cleaning regimen and best of all—we won’t harm your pipes!
  3. Groundwater Contamination: Here is some news that shouldn’t shock anybody: chemical drain cleaners are absolutely awful for the environment. You wouldn’t flush any other harsh, corrosive chemical down your drain, so why this one? Flushing hazardous drain cleaning chemicals like this is on par with pouring paint thinner down the drain! These chemicals are bad news for your local ecosystem—they can seep into the ground around your home or even reach public water sources through your city’s sewer system. What’s more, the presence of these chemicals can be hazardous to the drain cleaning professionals you inevitably have to call in to fix the shoddy, incomplete work the chemicals did on your lines.
  4. Costs: Let’s look at the numbers: the cost of having your drain professionally cleaned is relatively low compared to what you’ll be paying to repair the pipes you damaged with copious amount of chemical substances. The cost of professional drain cleaning services is typically in the low hundreds, while the cost of completely replacing your chemically corroded drains can shoot up into the thousands depending on the extent of the damage.

Convinced yet? If not, call Stewart Plumbing today and let our experienced drain cleaning team talk some sense into you! Trust us, professional drain cleaning beats out chemical drain cleaning every time.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Drain Cleaning In Memphis: High Pressure Water Jetting

Drain Cleaning In Memphis: High Pressure Water Jetting

  • Drain Cleaning
  • Plumbing

Big clogs cause big problems, and if your Memphis home is facing these kinds of problems, you need help from a professional quickly. Clogs can occur because of a number of different reasons: build up from years of use, tree roots, and foreign objects may be disrupting the flow of water and causing your drains to stop all together. Choosing the right tool for the job is imperative to ensure that your drains get cleared properly so that the issue doesn’t return.

When build up from years of constant use is your issue, only a the power of a high pressure jetting system will do.

Snakes are great to break up solid objects and send them flowing down your drain. Gunky build up however can just get pushed around by the physical power of the snake, continuing to be problematic as you continue to use the drain. A high pressure water jetter can clear your pipes in no time, blasting away the gunk and build up.

With a fully trained, local Memphis plumber at the wheel, a high pressure water jetter can beat your build up in no time. The pressure of the water needs to be regulated in order to properly clear out the issue, and every issue is different.

Other major benefits of high pressure water jetting is:

  • Cleaner lines result in less of a chance that clogs returning
  • We can provide a warranty on our work
  • Superior drain cleaning power
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Safe

You can count on Stewart Plumbing to be your local Memphis drain cleaning specialists. Our technicians are fully trained and certified in the industry’s best drain cleaning techniques, and will arrive in a truck fully stocked solve any problem. Relay on Stewart to put the industry’s best drain cleaning technology to work for you home today.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow