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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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“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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NW Indiana
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Today is the first day of Fall! It’s officially all things cool weather, pumpkin spice and falling leaves.

While you may be busy enjoying fall festivals, pumpkins and apple cider, take a few moments to consider the following tips for keeping your sewer and drains in tip top shape during this colorful season.

1. Clear Out Tree Roots

Tree roots are always a common issue with sewer lines. This is especially true if there are lots of trees or shrubbery on your property. Fall is a great time to do preventive maintenance on your sewer line to clear out roots that find a way into your sewer pipes. Fall is also the start of the busy holiday season, which usually means more visitors to your home. Ensuring your sewer is clear now by scheduling sewer rodding if you need it will ensure your sewer and drains can handle the additional use.

2. Clean Gutters & Downspouts

Fall means falling leaves. And sometimes, these leaves get stuck in the gutters and downspouts of your home. It’s a good idea to clean all gutters and downspouts in the Fall, to ensure they are clear and prevent yourself from having to clean them later on in the winter!

3. Check Your Sump & Ejector Pumps

Fall is a great time to check your sump and ejector pumps and their pits for clogs in the discharge lines. Making sure the pumps are operating correctly can save you headaches when those dreaded winter storms hit..and when all of that snow melts!

4. Use Drain Traps

A simple year-round tip that’s pretty effective is the use of traps over frequently used drains. Since fall ushers in the holiday season, we are mentioning it here due to the likely increase in visitors to your home and therefore, the increased use of your sewer and drains in your home. Keep your drains clear and avoid having to call us for drain cleaning by using drain traps wherever you can!

Drain & Sewer Maintenance Help From the Pros

No matter what kind of sewer or drain issue you’re experiencing, or what time of year it is, Reid & Pederson is always only just a phone call away! We’ll get there quickly and solve your drain or sewer problem in no time. We also have a sewer maintenance program that will help keep your system running smoothly all year long. Give us a call for more information or whenever you need help with your drains or sewers!

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While trees in your backyard provide shade and privacy, their roots wreak havoc on the sewer pipes buried beneath them. Here at Reid & Pederson, our technicians find a LOT of tree roots in sewer lines. In fact, tree roots are the number one cause of sewer backups that we see. Read on to learn about how tree roots enter your sewer and the steps you can take to minimize the issue.

How Do Tree Roots Get in Sewer Lines?

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The number one thing tree roots need to grow is water. Depending on the size of the tree, its roots can extend pretty far into the ground in their quest for water, reaching all the way down to your sewer line. What better place to search for water than sewer pipes? But how exactly do tree roots find a way into these pipes?

No matter what material your sewer pipes are made of, over time they will eventually begin to wear out. So when cracks or leaks appear in your pipes, the roots will not be far behind. Seeking out the nutrients the sewer pipes provide, tree roots grow uncontrollably in the pipes, causing a blockage, a backup in your home and a possibly expensive repair.

How to Remove & Prevent Tree Roots in Sewer Lines

There are some things you can do to minimize the pitfalls of tree roots in your sewer line. These are all good steps to follow whether you’re proactively checking things out or if you’ve already begun experiencing sewer problems:

Determine How Close Trees Are to Your Sewer Line

To do this, you will need to first locate your sewer line. Operators in Illinois only locate the lines they own and maintain, not private, consumer-owned lines such as water and sewer lines from the meter to the house, electric lines or gas lines. So give a quick call to us here at Reid & Pederson and we’ll get a technician to your home asap to locate your sewer for you. Once you know the location of your sewer line, check to see if any trees are near the located marks.

Trees Near Your Sewer Line?

Opt for a sewer line inspection. A sewer line inspection can quickly show you where problems like tree roots or breaks are in your line. Giving you a clear picture, a televising gives you an idea of whether or not tree roots are about to uproot your life!

Remove and Repair

Give Reid & Pederson a call and we’ll quickly send out a technician to rod your sewer line and free it of tree roots. Remember, if there are cracks in your pipes, the roots will grow back. So proper annual maintenance and calling a professional for “sewer repair near me” are both excellent ideas.

Routine Maintenance

As already mentioned, annual preventative sewer maintenance is an easy way to keep roots at bay. And if you’re looking to plant new trees in your yard, make sure you plant them at least ten feet away from your sewer line. Plant “sewer safe” trees such as cypress, flowering dogwood, fringetrees or paperbark maples that are slow-growing. Trees that are fast-growing that you want to make sure are not planted near your sewer line include silver maple, sweetgum, cottonwood, aspen and sycamore, just to name a few.

Help from the Sewer Line Pros!

Whatever your sewer problem, Reid & Pederson is here to help. From tree roots to blockages to other drain clogs, we are here 24/7 to assist you. Our experts are standing by ready to tackle your sewer and drain problems; give us a call today!

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