clogged and broken sewer line in crete, il

While annual sewer rodding is an effective way to keep sewer problems away year-round, there are
instances where more powerful solutions are necessary. When pipes become too infiltrated with roots
or when cast iron pipes have become severely deteriorated, Reid & Pederson is ready with additional
services to make sure you never have to worry about your sewer!

Continue reading to learn more about our sewer services in Crete, IL and beyond or simply call our sewer pros today!

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Precision Cleaning

Our precision cleaning method eliminates stubborn roots not eliminated with regular annual rodding. Using a special head equipped with chains and a camera, the chains move through the pipes to find all areas of heavy root growth. At these areas, our machine is turned on, rapidly spinning the chains and blasting roots away. The result is a thorough “wall to wall” cleaning of the entire diameter of the pipe, with no damage done to pipes.

Inversion Lining

Reid & Pederson offers inversion sewer lining that provides a long-term solution to broken or collapsed sewer pipes caused by age or root intrusion. By saturating a liner with hardening resin material then inserting it into a drum, the liner turns inside-out when it is installed into the pipe, creating brand new pipes in place of the old ones.

Epoxy Coating

Our epoxy spray coating is ideal for cast iron pipes that have become heavily deteriorated and scaled over many years. Once the line is descaled, we spray the epoxy resin throughout the pipe, creating smooth, new pipes.

Sewer Repair Pros

For even the worst sewer problems, Reid & Pederson stands ready with sewer repair solutions to correct them and ensure your sewer and drains are always freely flowing. Reach out to us today!

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wastewater leaving water treatment plant

When you think of water pollution, the first thing that may come to mind is industrial contaminants. But did you know that municipal wastewater effluents are also a large source of contamination?

While treatment plants work to remove these contaminants from our water and make it safe for humans and wildlife, concentrations can still sometimes be high enough to produce negative impacts on us and the environment. 

Environmental Impacts of Wastewater Pollution

As far as environmental impacts, high levels of wastewater effluents in bodies of water can lead to excessive algae growth. While some nutrients found in the effluent can be beneficial in small numbers, high concentrations of them can cause a chain reaction of destruction to the entire ecosystem living below the waves. From lack of oxygen for marine life and toxins produced by the overgrowth of algae, to complete loss of habitat for fish and other marine life, many bodies of water suffer continual damage because of dangerously high levels of effluent discharges. 

Economic Impacts of Wastewater Pollution

The damage to ecosystems due to excessive wastewater discharges has impacts beyond the environment. Economic impacts, such as the closing of beaches and boating and fishing spots, can cause municipalities to lose tourism dollars and commercial and employment opportunities. If a town relies on its beaches and recreational activities to bring people to it, an event like a closed beach can be devastating to its economy. 

Health Impacts of Wastewater Pollution

Lastly, and most importantly, sewage contamination can have dire effects on humans. If it enters drinking water, consumption can lead to serious illnesses or even death. Gastrointestinal symptoms, ear, nose and throat infections and skin problems can all arise from contact with contaminated water. 

How to Prevent Water Contamination

So what is the number one thing you can do to help prevent contamination? Conserve water! By conserving water, the volume of water that travels to the treatment plant decreases, resulting in better plant efficiency and a lower risk of contaminants entering nearby water sources.

Lastly, make sure you dispose of hazardous household waste and medications correctly. Never flush these things down your drains or toilets as there’s a very good chance they can end up anywhere other than the treatment plant!

If you’d like to learn about other things you should never flush down your drain, or need sewer or drain cleaning help, reach out to the experts at Reid & Pederson Drainage today!

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Congratulations! Your offer on a new home was just accepted! Although this is an exciting step in the home buying process, it’s only the first one.

Smart home buyers wouldn’t think of closing on their new home without having a general home inspection performed first. But just what does the inspector look at and look for?

Below we answer this question and highlight why you may want to have an unseen, out of mind area of the home, like the sewer line, inspected as well. 

What Does A Home Inspector Check?

The job of a home inspector is to report on the current condition of the major systems of a home and to estimate the life expectancy of major components within it. A typical home inspection consists of the inspector taking a look at the plumbing, electrical, structural and mechanical systems and providing a report on the condition of these systems. The inspection report then becomes a negotiation tool between the buyer and the seller in terms of items in the home that need immediate repair or replacement before final sale.

Why Sewer Lines Don’t Always Get Inspected

You may think the sewer line would be a common area of inspection but you’re wrong. General home inspectors overlook the sewer system for a couple of reasons. The first being that since sewer pipes are below ground, they’re not easily accessible or easy to inspect. The second reason is because most home inspectors do not have the knowledge or equipment necessary to properly perform a sewer line inspection. So although a sewer line inspection is another expense, it’s a wise idea to spring for it yourself before closing the deal.

Why You Should Have the Sewer Line Inspected

Why should you have the sewer line inspected before buying a new home? Let’s put things into perspective. Would you rather pay a few hundred dollars for an inspection or a few thousand (or more!) for a sewer repair? During a sewer inspection, a technician puts a long cable with a camera at the end of it through the entire length of the sewer line. Sewer inspections pinpoint all problem areas in sewer pipes, including root intrusion, deterioration or cracks or broken areas. All of these problems cause sewer backups that eventually necessitate a repair. 

By having a sewer line inspection performed during the inspection process, you get a clear picture of the condition of the sewer line and any problems that may be present. Armed with this information, buyers will be able to enter negotiations with the information necessary to successfully close the deal…and move into their new home with peace of mind. Learn about many other benefits of a sewer line inspection here!

Expert Sewer Inspections in Crete & Beyond!

At Reid & Pederson, we are sewer experts. Our thorough sewer inspections will uncover all problems related to your sewer line so that you can make an informed decision as you move through the home buying process. Give us a call today!

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Your sewer plays a very important role in your home, as it carries waste out and away from it. So when it backs up, an immediate solution is necessary. Sewer rodding is the most effective way to clear blockages in your sewer line that happen due to tree roots or items clogging the pipes that shouldn’t enter your sewer in the first place.

Read on to learn some facts about the process and why it is the most effective way to clean a sewer line.

Fact #1: It Uses Specialized Equipment

Sewer rodding involves specialized equipment designed specifically for the effective cleaning of sewer lines. The flexible sewer rods are not found at typical hardware stores, instead they are specially designed to work with specialized sewer rodding machines.

Fact #2: It’s Extremely Effective

Sewer rodding is the most effective way to clean a sewer line because the rods work on any and all kinds of blockages including tree roots, feminine hygiene products, heavy paper buildup or anything else flushed into the line that shouldn’t be.

Fact #3: It Works Best from an Outside Cleanout

Sewer rodding is most effective from an accessible cleanout, which is an access point to your sewer. When we rod from an outside cleanout, we are able to use the largest cutters available to ensure that all blockages are effectively removed and the sewer remains free flowing. Without an accessible cleanout, we have to rod from a pulled toilet or the roof, which doesn’t allow us to use the largest cutters and therefore, cannot be guaranteed by us. 

Fact #4: It is NOT a DIY Project

Sewer rodding is not a do-it-yourself method. Although sewer rodding machines can be rented, rodding involves specialized equipment and skills. It should only be done by trained professionals (like us!) and attempting to do-it-yourself could create more harm than good.

Fact #5: It’s Dirty Work

Sewer rodding is dirty work, but someone has to do it! If you’re looking for a remedy to your backup or clogged drains, leave that dirty work to us! Our technicians are trained, skilled and knowledgeable at identifying problems, clearing them and recommending things to do to prevent further backups and clogs.

Professional Help is Just a Phone Call Away!

When you need help with your sewer, there’s only one call to make. Call Reid & Pederson and we will quickly get a sewer expert to your home to blast away the clogs and keep things flowing all year round!

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You might’ve heard of trenchless sewer repair, but you may not be aware of what it actually means when it comes to making repairs for your home’s sewer line system.

At Reid & Pederson Drainage, our Crete drain and sewer repair experts have spent the last 35 years in the industry making repairs and giving our customers expert drain cleaning services. We’ve seen a lot of changes over the years, but not as much as in the last couple of decades.

New technology advances all manner of tools and equipment for differing industries over the years, and the plumbing industry has seen its share of tools and equipment which improve our work by making drain and sewer repairs easier and more efficient for our customers.

An easier and faster way to make repairs means you pay less in labor costs and have less destruction to your landscaping, especially with the trenchless or “no dig” sewer line or drain line repairs and replacements.

Here are a few of the common questions we frequently get from our customers about trenchless sewer repairs and replacements in Crete, IL and Northwest Indiana.

Help from the Drain & Sewer Pros!

With advanced technologies, your sewer system is in great hands at Reid & Pederson Drainage. We have all we need to make short order of your drain and sewer repairs, plus we strive to give you expert, drain cleaning, sewer lining, hydro-excavating, cleanouts, video camera inspections, and so much more!

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woman plunging slow draining kitchen sink

“Sewer line repair”. These three words are dreaded by homeowners – and for good reason. Sewer line repair can be costly, and homeowners are typically responsible for the portion of the sewer line running from the house to the street.

Tree roots that grow through pipes, built-up gunk that clogs pipes, and older steel or clay pipes that are beginning to disintegrate are all common things that happen to sewer pipes over time.

Fortunately, if you can spot the following early indications of a failing sewer line, you can usually save yourself lots of money and headaches!

1. Slow Draining Tubs, Sinks, and Showers

Slowly draining sinks, tubs and showers are an annoying situation where you may be tempted to respond by dumping harmful chemicals like Drano or Liquid Plumber down the drain. But these agents could be causing more harm than good, especially if your home has older steel or clay pipes, as these products can easily eat them away. Furthermore, a slow draining pipe can be the first indicator of a larger problem. Call a professional sewer and drain expert when you discover a slow-draining fixture – they can effectively diagnose and recommend the best way to maintain your sewer system.

2.Odd Sounds and Bad Smells

Strange, strong smells and unusual sounds could also indicate a sewer problem. If your toilet is making strange gurgling noises, if you notice a sinkhole in your yard or if you smell that unmistakable (and very unpleasant!) sewer smell throughout your home, it’s probably time to call a professional in to take a closer look.

3. Foundation-Level Water Damage

Sewer damage can cause extra moisture to leak through your home’s foundation. If you notice cracking around the foundation or moisture on your basement walls, call a professional into double check that the wetness isn’t caused by a broken sewer pipe.

4. Changing Water Levels in the Toilet Bowl

Have you ever noticed a very low water level in your toilet in the morning, only to see that it’s almost full by the evening? Such shifting water levels are often a sign of a deteriorating sewer system, so call a professional if you start to notice this phenomenon.

5. Staining Around Basement Drains

Water ring stains around basement drains are another indication that the sewer line should be checked out by a professional.

6. Booming Pest Populations

Malfunctioning sewer lines are like magnets to mice, rats, and insects. If you’re noticing sewer flies, increased droppings in and around your home or other signs of a pest infestation, a thorough look at your sewer line through a camera is your best bet.

Getting Help from Drain & Sewer Pros

Knowing the signs of a broken sewer line could potentially end up saving you hundreds to thousands of dollars. If you’re frequently experiencing one or more of these problems, your absolute best bet is to call a professional sewer and drain expert for a complete assessment of your sewer line. This usually begins with a sewer camera inspection that uncovers and pinpoints all problems in your sewer line. From there, a recommended plan for remedying the problems discovered is created and shared with you.

Finding sewer line issues early on, before they become larger issues, is the best way to ensure that your sewer line will remain in optimal shape. You can help accomplish this by following our “Sewer & Drain Maintenance Tips for Fall” or by learning the right way to manage sewer problems.

Reach out to us at Reid & Pederson Drainage if you’re experiencing any of the issues mentioned above or if you have any questions!

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