water spouts on wall and floor in basement

If you look out your window and see a lake but you don’t own any lakefront property, you could have a drainage problem at your home.

While it may seem harmless to see pools of water in your landscape, it’s important to know what is happening underground and how water can affect the safety and integrity of your home.

Read on to learn more about drainage problems or reach out to the Crete sewer and drainage experts at Reid & Pederson today!

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Signs You Have A Drainage Problem

If you notice any of the following signs in your landscape or in your basement, it’s a pretty good indication that your home does indeed have a drainage problem.

  • Pooling/standing water in your yard
  • Soggy, squishy ground
  • Overflowing gutters or downspouts
  • Unexplained leaks in your basement
  • Mildew smell
  • Visible mold on basement walls

What Causes Drainage Problems?

water pouring out a gutter spout

Landscape Grading

There are several reasons why drainage problems pop up. One of the biggest culprits is the grading of the landscape. When your home was built, the landscape was graded on a very slight slope. When done correctly, this grade prevents water from flowing towards your home during times of heavy rainfall or snowmelt. If the landscape is graded improperly and is flat, water will settle on top of the lawn once the soil below becomes saturated. Because the water has no place to go, it can eventually find a way near the foundation of your home. 

Gutters & Downspouts

Other common culprits are the gutters and downspouts of the home. Gutters that are filled with leaves and other debris can overflow, causing water to spill next to the house. Downspouts that aren’t pointed far enough away from the home also allow water to settle near the foundation. Keeping gutters clear and extending downspouts at least five feet from the home can greatly reduce the amount of water that finds a way near your home. 

Consequences of Drainage Problems

Water has many negative effects that can cause lots of damage to your home. Issues such as mold, bugs and pests, basement leaks and foundation damage are just a handful of issues that can pop up with a home drainage problem. Diverting water away from your home as much as possible will prevent issues before they become large, costlier ones. 

Help from the Drainage Pros

If you’re experiencing any kind of drainage problem in Crete, IL or the surrounding area, don’t hesitate to reach out to Reid & Pederson Drainage for help! We offer a full range of drainage services, so give us a call or contact us today!

clearing a clogged drain with a plunger

One of the most common plumbing problems in most homes is clogged drains. This is something that must not be ignored, or else, you will be faced with bigger problems, especially with the internal structures and on your pipelines.

While calling a plumber or a drainage company for drain cleaning may be the first thing that will come to your mind to deal with a clogged drain, you can first try resolving the issue on your own. If the problem persists, give the drain cleaning professionals a call at Reid & Pederson Drainage!

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How to Use a Plunger Properly

You can deal with  your clogged drains by applying a technique that works most of the time. Start performing the task if there is standing water. If there is none, you can pour water into the area where the problem is. The drains and air vents must be sealed. Put the suction cup of the plunger on the drain until you are sure that everything has been covered and there is a good seal.

You have to exert effort in pushing and pulling that suction. Remember that you are doing this to dislodge the clog and get it moving. After several rounds of pushing and pulling, remove the plunger. If water is now going down the drain, you were successful in moving the clog. If there still seems to be a problem, no matter how minor it is, repeat the process, using the plunger until the problem is completely solved. If you’re still not seeing any improvement, it’s time to call in the professionals.

Check All the Drains Throughout Your Home

There are vital parts of your home that you need to regularly check for clogged drains. This is important in order to save water and save yourself from spending too much on replacing damaged pipelines and other fixture.

Clogged Kitchen Sink Drain & Bathroom Sink Drain

For the sink in your bathroom and kitchen, you must first make sure that all the air holes are covered with duct tape or cloth. Use the plunger as instructed above. While many homeowners opt to use expensive cleaning agents, it is best that you first try fixing the problem with a plunger in order to save some bucks in the task.

Clogged Shower Drain & Bathtub Drain

If the problem with clogged drains happened on your bathtub, you must first pull off the overflow cover plate. You can then put a rag onto the hole and start plunging the drain. For the showers, since there are no air holes that you need to cover, you can simply proceed in plunging the drain.

Drain Clog Pros in Crete & Beyond

If you’re still having issues with a clogged drain in your home, reach out to our drain and sewer specialists at Reid & Pederson Drainage. We’ll send out an expert technician and have things flowing again in no time!

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slow flushing toilet

Your toilet provides a very necessary function for occupants in your home. So when it begins to give you problems, it’s not a good idea to take a “wait and see” approach. Slow draining and slow flushing toilets reduce the effectiveness of your toilet and over time, that slow-down can turn into a clog…or something worse.

What causes a slow flushing toilet and what does it mean if it’s happening to you? Here, we explore a few of those causes and provide a few tips on how to fix a slow flushing toilet.

Low Water Level in the Toilet Tank?

One of the first things you can check is the water level in the toilet tank. The water inside the tank should be about a half an inch from the top of the overflow tube. If this isn’t the case, raise the float arm to increase the amount of water in the tank.

What’s Being Flushed Down the Toilet?

Make sure the only things being flushed down your toilet are waste and toilet paper. Even mild clogs can hinder the effectiveness of your toilet flush, with buildup in the line or past the toilet pipe trap restricting water flow, creating a slow flushing toilet. Never flush items such as wipes, paper towels or feminine hygiene products as these items will not break down in your line and will cause a clog. And if you have small children? Consider a toilet lid lock to prevent them from flushing toy cars, crayons or anything else they can get their small hands on down the toilet!

Loose Toilet Flapper?

Check your flapper! The flapper is the rubber cup-shaped fixture found at the bottom of your toilet tank that covers the drain from the tank to the bowl. Connected to it is a lift chain that is connected to a metal arm. When you flush the toilet, the chain rises, lifting the flapper and allowing the water in your tank to drain into the bowl. If your flapper is loose, it could constantly leak water into the bowl. If the chain becomes detached, the flapper will not open properly, causing problems such as a weak flush and ultimately a slow draining and a slow flushing toilet. Although annoying, a flapper issue can often be corrected without the help of a professional.

Hard Water?

If your home has hard water, buildup of minerals under the rim of the toilet and within the toilet pipes can cause slow flushing. Continued buildup can slowly decrease the diameter of pipes and thus, the flow of water through them. Buildup under the rim can also restrict water flow back into the bowl when it is flushed, causing a lower water level and therefore, a slow flushing toilet.

Toilet & Drain Line Pros

If you have a slow flushing toilet or your toilet is giving you other problems, give Reid & Pederson a call today. We’ll quickly send an expert drain service technician to your home to repair or replace your toilet so you can quickly get back to “business” as usual!

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garbage disposal in crete il

A garbage disposal is a popular and convenient item to have in your kitchen. Allowing you to empty food scraps into your drain, chop them up and flush them away, it’s a good alternative to dumping uneaten food directly into your trash can.

Many homes contain garbage disposals, where with just the flip of a switch, food waste is eliminated for good. While there are many good things about having a garbage disposal, there are also things you should watch out for when using one.

Garbage Disposal Smells

While garbage disposals help prevent unpleasant odors emitted from rotting food sitting in your kitchen trash can, they can become quite odorous themselves. Putting the wrong items down your disposal can clog it, causing odors to waft from your kitchen sink. Citrus peels, a mixture of baking soda and vinegar or disposal cleaning tablets occasionally rinsed down the sink can help keep smells at bay.

Clogged Garbage Disposals

This brings us to our second point: Clogs. Putting the wrong items down your garbage disposal causes clogs that lead to backups (and a call to us for drain cleaning help!) Before you throw everything and the kitchen sink down your kitchen sink, remember that not all food scraps should go down it. Stringy foods, bones, starchy foods and fats like butter and shortening often jam disposals, causing expensive clogs and foul odors.

Water Waste

Using a garbage disposal requires running water to flush food down the drain after grinding it up. Your kitchen faucet uses an average of 2 gallons of water per minute. If you use your disposal frequently, that ends up being a lot of wasted water!

Drain Line Sludge

Food waste disposed of through a garbage disposal creates a sludge that can become difficult for water treatment facilities to process because it must use more chemicals and energy to treat it. This same sludge can build up in your drain lines and cause problems later on.

How to Use a Garbage Disposal

The most important thing to remember if you have a garbage disposal is to simply be smart when using it. Understand that they’re not meant to handle the scraps of your entire meal but instead, are meant to flush away allowable scraps. Garbage disposals are handy and convenient kitchen tools and using it correctly gives you reassurance that you won’t experience problems with it later on.

Garbage Disposal Installation & Repair

If you do experience a problem with your garbage disposal, the experts at Reid & Pederson Drainage are standing by to help. We can install a new garbage disposal quickly and get things back on track for you ASAP! Give us a call today!

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Plumbing Traps

As the name implies, p-traps, or plumbing traps, are shaped like the letter “p”, combining two 90-degree joints with a horizontal overflow pipe. One of these joints exits the drain of the sink and is joined to another containing a seal system that allows water to flow into the pipe but not flow back into the sink.

What Do P-Traps Do?

P-Traps, have a few different functions. First, they prevent harmful sewer gases and odors from entering your home by forming a water barrier within the trap.

Second, they are designed to trap debris from plumbing fixtures before they form clogs that make their way further down your sewer line. P-traps are most often installed under bathroom and kitchen sinks.

Lastly, if your wedding ring slips off your finger and down your bathroom sink, there is a chance the p-trap caught your valuable so you can retrieve it.

Why Does My P-Trap Smell?

Unused or improperly vented p-traps can cause a sewer smell in your home. If you begin to smell a sewer odor, a good place to start pinpointing the location of the smell is checking all drains that contain a p-trap. These include kitchen sinks, bath sinks, shower drains, floor drains and toilets. 

A p-trap must have a supply of water flowing fairly regularly through it in order to do its job. In most instances, a sewer smell comes from a p-trap that has lost its water. So once you find the drain that is the source of the sewer smell, it’s an easy fix to correct it. Simply run the water for a few minutes or pour a gallon of water down the drain to fill it back up. Then, you should notice the smell will disappear. 

Get Help From Drain Experts!

If you have any questions about p-traps, suspect you have one that’s clogged, or need drain cleaning services in the Crete, IL area, call the experts at Reid & Pederson Drainage today!

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NW Indiana

With the current global COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have found ourselves at home a lot more than usual, trying to find that perfect balance between work and family duties. But what you probably haven’t thought about is the pressure the extra time at home has put on your drains. In this article, our sewer and drain experts in Crete, IL want to remind you about what belongs down your drains – and what doesn’t!

1. Coffee Grounds

If you’re a coffee drinker, there’s no doubt the first thing you do is make yourself a cup of joe in the morning. And maybe you’re drinking more of it while at home because you also have to balance homeschool and parenting duties. Whatever your situation, remember that coffee grounds do not belong down the drain as they can slowly build up and cause clogs.

2. Eggshells

You may also be making breakfast for yourself or your family a lot more these days with the extra time at home. While these family meals are nice, remember to throw those eggshells in the trash can and not down the garbage disposal. Again, they can also cause slow buildups that lead to clogged kitchen pipes.

3. Feminine Hygiene Products

Feminine hygiene products are a necessity for females in your home but they are never safe for flushing. We can’t begin to explain the number of calls we receive where these products end up being the cause of backups. All feminine hygiene products belong in the trash. 

4. Wipes, Paper Towels & Napkins

Wipes, paper towels or napkins may seem like close alternatives to toilet paper when you’re out of it or if you have fallen victim of the Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020. But think twice before flushing them down the toilet. Like baby or “flushable” wipes, paper towels and napkins are thicker material and do not dissolve as easily as toilet paper does once flushed. If you do have to use a wipe, paper towel or napkin, make sure you discard it in the trash and not down your toilet. 

5. Paint & Household Chemicals

With extra time at home, many are taking time for home improvement projects, like painting, repairing, updating and upgrading. One thing to remember if you’re working with household chemicals or substances like paint or varnish is to never put these substances down any drain in your home for fear they could contaminate your water supply. 

Drain Clearing Experts

If you do experience a clogged drain for any reason, our experts here at Reid & Pederson Drainage are always available and ready to clear your drainage issue for you. Give us a call anytime, 24/7!

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