When it rains heavily, the last thing you want to worry about is water entering your basement or crawl space.  In most new home builds today, a drain tile system is installed to ensure that groundwater doesn’t find a way into your home. 

To learn more about drain tile and how it works, keep reading, or simply give the drain and sewer pros at Reid & Pederson Drainage a call today!

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What Is Drain Tile?

The name “drain tile” is a little misleading since drain tile isn’t tile at all but usually a system of perforated PVC pipes that are laid beneath the foundation of a home. The purpose of these pipes is to collect the ground water before it enters your basement and either direct the water down and away from your home’s foundation, or direct it into a collection pit where a sump pump moves it away from your home. 

Drain tile can be installed around the outside of a home’s foundation or inside, beneath the slab floor.  Drain tile systems are effective in creating a path of least resistance for water to follow, meaning water is unlikely to seep into your basement via cracks in your foundation or slab. 

How Does Drain Tile Work?

Drain tile systems today consist of crush-resistant plastic (usually PVC) pipes that are perforated with holes to allow ground water in. It is best to install drain tile after the foundation footer of a new home has been laid. Pipe is typically laid in a trench that runs alongside the footer.

Next, the drain tile is covered with a layer of washed gravel. It is important that the gravel is large enough to not have the ability to enter the perforations in the pipe, but still be able to filter water as it enters the pipe.

The tile is then covered with a porous fabric that allows water in and keeps soil out. Lastly, soil is placed on top of the covered pipe to complete the system. 

Do I Need Drain Tile?

If you’re building a new home, it’s a very wise idea to consider installing some sort of drainage system as an extra layer of security to give you peace of mind. Drain tile systems are easiest to install during the early phase of new home construction. But what happens if your existing home begins to show signs of a water problem? 

The good news is that drain tile can be retrofitted to eliminate the water problem. The bad news is that this can be costly and labor intensive, requiring excavation inside your basement and/or outside in your landscaping. 

In this situation, drain tile is commonly retrofitted around the inside of your foundation where a channel is cut into your slab. Drain tile piping is laid beneath, which leads to a sump pit. When groundwater begins collecting beneath the slab, the drain tile directs it to the sump pit where the sump pump is then able to pump the water away from the house. Again, while this is no easy task, it can be done as a solution to ground water seepage in your basement. 

Managing Your Home Drainage System

Ensuring your yard and landscape are properly graded and directing water away from your foundation, along with ensuring your home’s gutters and downspouts are free flowing, are just a few simple ways you can manage your home drainage system and not worry about water in your basement or crawl space. 

Get Help From Drain Experts!

If you have any questions about drain tile or managing your home drainage system in the Crete, IL area, call the experts at Reid & Pederson Drainage today!

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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When you think of summer, your drainage and sewer system is probably the last thing that comes to mind. But did you know that there are specific issues that can pop up regarding these systems during the summer months?  Below are some common drainage issues many homeowners experience during the summer months and what you can do to help prevent them.

Sump Pump Problems

Ah, those warm summer rains and the thunderstorms that come along with them. They’re refreshing and calming at times, but can also be quite hazardous, in more ways than one. Heavy summer rains can wreak havoc on your home drainage system.

Many homes contain sump pumps in the basement to pump away groundwater. Too much rain can overwhelm your pump if you don’t have an adequate system in place. For some homeowners, having multiple sump pumps and even a battery backup system are essential to keeping water from seeping into their basement. If you experience water seepage or know your home has a drainage problem, it is vital that you address the sump pump issue to prevent a catastrophe later on.

Sewer Line Backups

While the warm summer weather is great for spending time outdoors, it also means the constant threat of those warm Midwest summer thunderstorms. And with those storms comes rain – sometimes lots of it! Lots of rain can overwhelm home sewer systems and cause backups.  Tree roots also cause problems during the summer months as they can find their way into your pipes through the smallest cracks, seeking out the water in your pipes.  The result is a blockage that only professional drain and sewer cleaning can effectively remove.

Clogged Drains

Having the kids off of school for the summer equals more occupants and more overall use of plumbing fixtures in your home. Although the COVID-19 pandemic right now may be limiting visitors, summer is usually a time to spend increased time with friends and family. 

Things like summer barbecues, more showers and more toilet use can all lead to clogged drains that could ultimately require drain cleaning services. Trips to the beach, camping and other summer activities can also  be brought back home in the form of extra dirt and debris.

So when you’re hosing off from a day at the beach, try your best to keep all of that sand out of your drains. Lastly, make sure any visitors are clear on what shouldn’t be flushed down your toilets – namely, feminine hygiene products, paper towels or wipes. 

Clogged Disposals

Summertime is the perfect time to break out the grill and host the perfect summer barbecue with friends and family.  While it’s a great time to relax with great company, it also leads to a higher likelihood of garbage disposal problems. Why is this, you ask?  With so much extra food being prepared, there is an increased risk of too much of the wrong items being put down your disposal.

So what foods should you keep in mind to never put down your disposal this summer? Below is a list of the worst offenders:

  • Keep the steak and chicken bones out of the disposal. Bones tend to continually spin around your disposal blades and even if they do make it down the disposal, they definitely won’t make it through your drain pipes. Make Fido happy instead and throw him that steak bone, surely he will appreciate it!
  • Certain fruits and vegetables. Those potatoes you’re pealing for your potato salad or the celery you’re adding to it? What about all of those eaten ears of corn or watermelon rinds? Don’t put any of these down your disposal! Celery strings tend to tangle around your blades, potatoes can cause a soupy mess in your disposal and hard pits or rinds just won’t ever grind up. None of these bodes well for your disposal.
  • Too much remaining pasta salad? Keep it out of your disposal. Pasta tends to swell up when exposed to water, even after it is fully cooked. Dumping it down the disposal increases the likelihood of it swelling and clogging the trap or causing a clog further down the line.
  • Grease and oil. Never dump grease or oil down your disposal. Just because it’s a liquid form when you dump it doesn’t mean it will stay that way. Grease and oil tend to harden up in your pipes, causing clogs that can lead to major issues.

Clogged Toilets

Having the kids off of school for the summer usually means more visitors in the form of friends and family. These increased visitors could see your toilets getting a bit more use during those hazy summer days.  While this generally isn’t a cause for concern, it can turn into one if those extra visitors aren’t aware of just what can – and cannot – be flushed down the toilet. Many times, toilet clogs can be taken care of simply with a plunger, however, continual flushing of anything other than toilet paper – baby wipes, paper towels, napkins or feminine hygiene products, to name a few – will certainly lead to backups that only a professional can clear.

Blocked Gutters & Downspouts

Plentiful summer rain can also cause your gutters and downspouts to clog. No matter the time of year, it’s always a good idea to periodically check your gutters and downspouts and remove things like leaves, sticks, dead animals or other debris from them. These things commonly cause clogs in your gutters or downspouts and don’t allow rain to properly drain away from your home.

Instead, clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to water pooling in your yard, with no place to go but into your basement or crawl space. It’s a good idea to check your gutters and downspouts before the start of every new season to prevent clogs in them. 

The Drain & Sewer Experts

If you’re dealing with an issue mentioned above or any other drain or sewer problem, call the drain and sewer experts at Reid & Pederson Drainage. We’ll get to you quickly and get things flowing again at your property!

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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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Ah, Spring. Warmer weather, budding plants and a sense of renewal. Many people choose Spring as a time to purge closets, tidy up and thoroughly clean and organize their homes. In the frenzy of spring cleaning, it can be easy to overlook the out of sight or hidden areas of your home, but it’s important to remember that those areas need some TLC, too.

Springtime Drain & Sewer Cleaning

One area you may not think about is your sewer system, but it’s essential to make sure your drains and sewer are clean. Both your sewer and your drains consist of pipes, which bring fresh water into your home and carry the waste water out of it. Over time, your pipes will age, leading to cracks and leaks. And if your landscape has a lot of trees and shrubbery, the risk of roots finding a way into your sewer line is pretty high.

Annual Sewer Maintenance

Keeping up on annual sewer maintenance is one of the easiest ways you can ensure things are always flowing freely in your home. Participation in an annual preventive sewer maintenance program gives you peace of mind knowing this will always be the case.

Sewer & Drain Cleaning Tips

Below are some easy steps you can take to prevent backups and clogged drains in your home this Spring, when all of that rain begins to fall!

  • Keep your gutters, downspouts and roof vent pipes clear of leaves and other debris that have accumulated over the (long!) winter months.
  • If you’re inclined to do so, inspect all of your water pipes in your home to find leaks or damage to them. You can always call a professional to do this for you, too.
  • Install backwater valves on all floor drains to prevent unexpected sewer backups.
  • Have a professional rod out any clogged drain lines in your home to clear them before the heavy rain comes and makes your clogs bigger.
  • Occasionally pour a bucket or two of water down infrequently used drains to fill the trap and prevent odors and sewer gas from entering your home.
  • Use mesh strainers over all main drains like your kitchen sink, laundry tub and bathtub to prevent hair, lint, food and other debris from going down them and clogging them.
  • Test your sump pump by unplugging the unit, waiting 30 seconds, then plugging the unit back in. If it kicks on and begins pumping water, you’re good to go!
  • Clean your washing machine lint trap to prevent backups while doing laundry.
  • Inspect your garbage disposal and give it a good cleaning to keep it in tip top shape. Need an easy recipe to clean and deodorize?
    • Pour one half cup of baking soda into your disposal, then pour one cup of vinegar over it.
    • Let the mixture sit in your disposal for ten minutes then rinse away with hot water for a minute or two.

If you have a sewer or drain cleaning job that requires a professional, or you just have a question about some of our tips above, reach out to the drain cleaning and sewer cleaning pros at Reid & Pederson Drainage today!

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There will likely come a time when you experience slow drains in your home. While your best bet is to call a professional to remedy your problem, you may first try to remedy the problem yourself.

Many times, this means grabbing a bottle of Drano, pouring it into the drain and hoping it cheaply and quickly dissolves your clog. While chemical drain cleaners temporarily relieve your clogged drain, their use can create problems that can make your clogged drain worse.

Why You Shouldn’t Use Drain Cleaner Chemicals:

1) They’re chemicals!

The first issue with chemical cleaners is just that – they’re chemicals. Caustic, toxic, and disruptive, they’re formulated to eat away the most stubborn drain clogs. But while those chemicals may be clearing the clog, it’s also possible they’re eating away at your actual pipes! So while you may be remedying one problem, you risk creating an even bigger one that will definitely require a professional to correct.

Chemicals also create a hazardous situation for anyone working on the clog because there is a risk of chemicals splashing back and getting in eyes, mouths or on skin.

2) They don’t fully clear a clogged drain

Another issue with chemical drain cleaners is that they only settle at the bottom of your pipes, not fully reaching the full diameter of them. The result is a partially cleared pipe in the areas only where the chemicals touched the clog. And as water continues to flow through your pipes, so does the buildup and sludge that caused your clog in the first place.

3) They don’t work on all clogged drains

Lastly, these drain clog removers don’t work with all types of clogs. While they may temporarily clear your grease or hair clog, your pipes will continue to clog as long as grease and hair keep entering the drain. Chemicals are a temporary fix to a bigger problem. Furthermore, clogs caused by mineral buildup or solid objects don’t respond to chemical cleaners at all.

Trust Drain Cleaning Experts

Our professional and knowledgeable technicians at Reid & Pederson Drainage have the experience and necessary equipment to reach the clog, clean the entire diameter of the pipe and blast clogs away. If you’re experiencing clogged drains in your home in Crete, IL or the surrounding area, it’s best to reach for the phone instead of the chemicals! Learn more about our drain and sewer cleaning services or simply call us today!

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