autumn leaves on a roof

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.

You can also reach out to our drain and sewer specialists with any questions you may have, or to schedule routine maintenance!

South Suburbs
NW Indiana

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!

South Suburbs
NW Indiana

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?

base of tree

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 in Crete. 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!

South Suburbs
NW Indiana
chemical drain cleaners

If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably experienced a clogged drain at some point. Whether a bathtub, toilet, bathroom sink or kitchen sink, a clogged drain is an inconvenience that requires a quick fix. Your first reaction is probably reaching for the drain cleaner under the sink or taking a quick trip to the store to purchase some.

But before you do that, consider the following facts about chemical drain cleaners and your pipes. 

How Drain Cleaner Chemicals Work

Chemical drain cleaners come in a variety of formats but all of them work the same way. What exactly happens when you pour them down the drain? In a nutshell, the chemicals interact with your clog, causing a chemical reaction that generates heat and sends your clog into oblivion. That’s a great thing when getting rid of that stubborn clog in your bath sink but it’s not-so-great for a number of other reasons.

How Chemical Drain Cleaners Can Be Dangerous

Corrosion

Chemical drain cleaners are just that – chemicals – and they’re manufactured to be strong enough to cut through any clog. So while eliminating clogs is a good thing, it’s not a good thing for your pipes, especially if they’re made of PVC or older metal. Why? While these caustic chemicals are eliminating your clog, at the same time, they’re also eating through your pipes, causing damage that eventually requires sewer line repair or replacement. 

Health Hazards

Since these types of cleaners consist of chemicals, they often create fumes that can cause breathing problems in humans. Additionally, the chemicals found in these products can cause burns to skin, face and eyes, not only to the consumer but to any technician who may be called to work on the clog.

Effectiveness

Chemical drain cleaners are not always effective in totally clearing clogged pipes. Many times, clogs are found further down the drain so the chemicals may not fully reach and penetrate the clog. And even when they do reach the clog, they generally only clear away the part of the clog found on the bottom of the pipe – the part of the pipe the chemicals actually touch. 

Environmental Impacts

Chemical cleaners usually contain acids like hydrochloric and sulfuric acids, oxidizers like sodium hypochlorite and caustics like lye, caustic soda or sodium hydroxide. When poured down the drain, it’s only a matter of time before these chemicals can end up in groundwater and water supplies.

How to Clean a Clogged Drain Without Chemicals

So what do you do if you’re dealing with a stubborn clog? Before you reach for those chemicals, consider a simple DIY remedy first. A simple mixture of vinegar and baking soda put down your drain and allowed to sit overnight could be enough to eliminate your clog. However, since many clogs are often found further down the line, most times professional help is necessary.  

If you’re experiencing a stubborn clog that will not go away, don’t reach for those chemical. Instead, give the drain cleaning experts at Reid & Pederson a call and our knowledgeable technicians will clear your clog quickly!

South Suburbs
NW Indiana
professional sewer technician rodding sewer line

Home ownership definitely has its ups and downs. The upside being that your home is your source of pride and the place you feel most comfortable. The downside? Being told you need an unexpected repair. Sometimes a repair is a simple, cheap DIY but other times, home repairs can be costly, especially if the repair is being done on a major system in your home, such as your sewer line.

You probably don’t think too much about your sewer and assume that it’s always doing its job. Only when it starts giving you problems do you begin to take notice. Bubbling toilets, gurgling sinks, slow to drain bathtubs…these are all signs that your sewer is screaming “Help!”

DIY Sewer Fixes (The Wrong Way)

Like many homeowners, you may try to first remedy the problem yourself – snaking drains, using chemicals or even rodding your line. If these methods fail (and unfortunately, many times they do) your next call is usually to a trained professional who is equipped with the latest equipment to battle your clog.

Getting Professional Sewer Help (The Right Way)

So, you’ve called in the “big guns” for help. A good sewer and drain technician will first analyze your situation and determine the problem. Is it simply a clogged fixture or is it indeed your sewer line backing up? Next, the only thing left for him to do is work his magic to clear your problem up. Sounds pretty simple, right? 

Sometimes technicians run into problems while sewer rodding, such as cables getting stuck or them not being able to get the cables through the line. These can be signs of a break in your sewer line. In these instances, the next logical step is to put a camera down the line to visibly pinpoint the location of the break(s) and note their exact location. At Reid & Pederson, this is exactly what we do and is what should be done by any reputable drainage company.

Things to Watch Out for When You Hire a Drainage Company (The Not-Quite-Right Way)

If you hire a company to rod your sewer and they tell you your sewer line is broken without performing a televising, or sewer camera inspection, be aware. How can someone know if a sewer line repair is needed if they don’t even bother to take a look at the line? Another thing to look out for is if a company tells you your sewer is backed up and it’s broken, yet, they want to televise your line when it is still backed up. A sewer cannot be rodded when it is backed up, otherwise, you’re putting a camera underwater! Your best bet at that point is to call another company for a second opinion.

Here at Reid & Pederson, we get a lot of customers who tell us another company told them they need a repair because their line is broken. Many times, our technicians discover that the line is not broken at all and it simply needs to be rodded. 

Help From Your Local Drain & Sewer Experts

When you need sewer and drain help from a local company you can trust, call us at Reid & Pederson Drainage first to take a look at your problem. And if you’re told you need thousands of dollars worth of sewer work, we’ll be standing by then, too. We will not only solve your drainage problems, but we promise to treat you like family and charge you fair and honest prices for only the work that needs to be done.

South Suburbs
NW Indiana

There’s no way around the need for a sewer repair. If your sewer line is broken, offset or cracked, you must repair it in order to prevent a mess in and around your home.

As drain and sewer repair experts, we also know needing a sewer repair is no fun. Not only does the repair come at a significant price, but now that it’s been completed, you notice a large mound of dirt in your yard after the dig crew has left! What is the significance of the mound of dirt and what should you do with it? Read on or reach out to the pros at Reid & Pederson Drainage if you have any questions!

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NW Indiana

The Dirt Mound Serves a Purpose

Your first reaction may be to think that the repair was not fully completed or that it was done incorrectly. Surely they wouldn’t leave a large mound of dirt in the middle of your front yard, right? Wrong, actually. The mound of dirt is left because it must settle. If the dirt is taken away too soon, you could end up with a nice hole in your yard instead. How’s that for a parting gift?

Why & How Does Dirt Settle?

Let’s take a look at how and why dirt settles. Soil is typically composed of a mixture of minerals, organic matter, air and water. The minerals found in soil typically vary in size, from small stones to tiny particles. The air and water? They end up between these particles. When soil continually sits in one spot, it becomes more and more compressed as time goes on. When that same soil is dug up during a sewer repair, all those years of compression are undone as soon as the excavator hits the dirt. And while any contractor performing a sewer repair will do their best to compact the soil the best they can before leaving, there still needs to be a period of time to allow the dirt to settle and eliminate as much air in the soil as possible.

How to Speed Up the Dirt Settling Process

There are some things you can do to help speed up the settling process such as digging small holes in the mound and letting water from your garden hose push out air pockets in the soil. Aside from doing this, there’s not much else you can do to speed up the settling process, which can generally take several months.

Sewer Repair Experts in Illinois’s South Suburbs & Northwest Indiana

The bright side of the whole sewer repair process? A brand-new sewer and the elimination of costly and messy sewer backups in your home. You can’t put a price on that! If you think you need to have your sewer repairs or have any questions at all about the sewer repair process, call or book an appointment with Reid & Pederson Drainage today!

flooded basement due to sewer backup

Having a basement is a great thing as it provides extra living and storage space in your home. Being the lowest point in your home, basements are usually entirely or partially underground though, meaning they’re prone to flooding or other water damage. How does water enter your basement? And what are some things you can do to prevent a costly disaster in your home? Read on or reach out to the pros at Reid & Pederson Drainage today!

South Suburbs
NW Indiana

Broken or Clogged Sewer Line

Since we are sewer and drain experts, let’s talk about your main sewer line. Your sewer carries all household biological solid and liquid waste out of your home and to your city main by way of gravity. If you experience a basement flood with wastewater, it’s probably because of a break in your main sewer line. Large clogs caused by tree roots, items that should never be flushed down the toilet, or wear and age on your sewer pipes are main reasons why you experience a flooded basement. Any of these situations means a sewer line repair is necessary.

Nobody wants to head downstairs to find their basement covered in their own waste. But fear not! Your sewer usually gives you signs that you’re facing a backup before a backup actually occurs, such as:

  • Bubbles, bubbles everywhere. Seeing bubbles and hearing gurgling sounds when sinks, tubs or toilets are draining or flushed is a telltale sign of a sewer issue.
  • The unmistakable smell of rotten eggs (hydrogen sulfide). This is caused by sewer gas escaping from cracks or breaks in your line and finding a way into your home.
  • Many slow drains all at once in your home. One slow drain usually indicates a problem with only that fixture. But if you have several drains that are clogged, slow to drain or cause issues with other drains when used, a backup is likely in your near future.

Ejector Pump Failure

Another reason your basement can flood with wastewater is if your ejector pump fails. If you have a bathroom in your basement, you also have an ejector pump that pumps the waste out to the city main. Your ejector pump fails due to several causes, such as a power outage, a problem with the float switch or a clog caused by items that shouldn’t be flushed, like feminine hygiene products, wipes or paper towels. Any of these issues cause ejector pumps to stop pumping the waste out of your home. Leaving the waste with nowhere to go, except on the floor of your basement!

How to Prevent a Sewer Backup

Sometimes, a sewer backup is inevitable. In those situations, Reid & Pederson is just a phone call away! But as a homeowner, there are also some simple things you can do to prevent sewage from flooding your basement.

1) Preventative Sewer Maintenance

Annual preventive sewer rodding ensures that your sewer is always clear and free flowing. One of the best ways you can prevent a messy backup in your basement, annual rodding finds sewer problems before they become large, costly ones. Some companies even give discounts for participating in annual preventive sewer maintenance and provide a full year guarantee to ensure your sewer line is always clear! (cough, cough)

2) Check Your Pumps

Periodically check your ejector pump to make sure it is operating how it should be and to ensure there are no clogs in the impeller of the pump. Debris that is caught in the impeller (feminine hygiene products, wipes, paper towels and anything else that shouldn’t be flushed) doesn’t allow solid wastes to flow from the ejector pit to your city main. A problem with the float switch can prevent the sensor on the pump to activate, allowing sewage to rise above ground level and flood your basement. If you also have sump pump(s) in your basement, it’s a good idea to check those too, to prevent excessive groundwater or rainwater from flooding your basement.

Local Drain & Sewer Experts

These simple preventive measures help prevent sewer backups. But rest assured – should you experience a backup in your home, the Crete sewer repair experts Reid & Pederson will get to you fast to clear your problem! Book your appointment today!

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