man using plunger to unclog toilet

You may not think twice about flushing that pair of contact lenses or those “flushable” wipes down your toilet.

But did you know that repeated flushing of these items and other commonly used household items can lead to clogs or cause disruptions in wastewater treatment systems?

The sewer and drain cleaning pros at Reid & Pederson Drainage have put together a list of items you may not think would cause much trouble, but that you should never flush down your toilet.

1) Dental Floss

If you floss twice a day (as you should) throwing your used floss down the toilet every day can cause a buildup of the strings, leading to clogs and allowing other debris that is washed down the drain to get caught as well.

2) Medications

Old or expired medications should never be flushed down the toilet for risk of them entering the drinking water system. The best way to dispose of them is by checking to see if your community participates in a drug take back program. If not, you can call your local police and see if you can drop them off at the station.

3) Cigarette Butts

These should never be flushed down the toilet, as they are full of chemicals that can find a way into water sources and pollute them and harm fish and other wildlife. 

4) Gum

Gum is sticky. So flushing it down the toilet brings the risk of it sticking to your pipes. Not only the gum but other debris floating through the pipes can stick to it and cause larger clogs. Your best bet is to simply throw it in the garbage. 

5) Fish

It’s sad to lose your pet goldfish. But flushing him away isn’t the best idea, as dead fish and other carcasses are difficult to deal with at the water treatment plant. Your best bet is to give Goldie a proper burial in your backyard.

6) Cotton Swabs & Cotton Balls

Again, not a good idea to flush down your toilet. Cotton balls expand when in water and Q-tips can also get trapped in pipes.

Help from the Drain Clog Experts

The bottom line? When in doubt, throw it out! Save yourself the headache of dealing with a clog and make sure you only flush the three “Ps!” (We’re pretty sure we don’t have to tell you what those are!”).

Of course if you do find yourself with a clogged toilet, drain or sewer line, reach out to the Crete, IL drain and sewer cleaning experts at Reid & Pederson right away!

South Suburbs
NW Indiana
house with sale sign

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!

South Suburbs
NW Indiana
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!

South Suburbs
NW Indiana

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!

If you have a basement, you may have noticed u-shaped metal or plastic guards fitted around the outside of your basement windows. Called a window well, these have a few different purposes.

What are Window Wells For?

window well around a crete il basement window

The first purpose of a window well is that they are designed to allow light into partially underground areas, such as a basement.

Secondly, window wells can provide an emergency form of egress.

Lastly, many homeowners don’t realize that window wells also play an important role in draining excess rainwater away from your home’s foundation, which can help prevent your basement from flooding. 

Window Well Installation

When window wells are installed, a hole is dug about 1 foot beneath the bottom of the window sill. The well is then filled with gravel and sometimes a drain is installed at the bottom of the pit and connected to the perimeter drain. Other times, an interior drain is installed to redirect water to your sump pump, which then pumps the excess water away from your home. 

Window Well Maintenance

You can perform some simple maintenance to your window wells to ensure that water is always indeed staying away from your foundation. At least twice a year, check the wells to ensure that debris like leaves, trash and other items haven’t found a way into them to clog them. Simply cleaning them up ensures that no drainage issues will pop up. You can also install window well covers that will prevent debris from entering your wells in the first place.

Professional Help for Your Window Wells

If you’re experiencing drainage issues at your home and you suspect a problem with your window wells, give us a call at Reid & Pederson Drainage today. We can diagnose and correct problems before they become an even bigger one, in the form of a wet basement. 

South Suburbs
NW Indiana
woman and child washing hands at kitchen sink

You don’t need the luck of the Irish to keep your sewer and drains flowing. Below are some tips and easy steps you can take to prevent backups and clogged drains in your home this spring.

1) Remember the 4P’s!

Don’t flush anything other than toilet paper and waste down your toilets. Contrary to popular belief, flushable wipes are in fact not flushable!

2) Your Garbage Disposal is Not a Trash Can

Grease, cooking oil, bones, fibrous skins and pasta are some of the worst clog-causing offenders when it comes to garbage disposals. Learn more about how to care for this appliance and things you should never put down your garbage disposal here!

3) Clear Your Drains

Call a professional (ahem) to rod out and clear any current slow drains in your home. Once those heavy Spring rains arrive, those clogged drains could become even more clogged and will require professional drain cleaning.

4) Clean Your Gutters

Spring clean the gutters and downspouts around your home and clear away leaves and debris that may have accumulated during the long winter months.

5) Prevent Drains from Drying Out

Occasionally pour a bucket or two of water down infrequently used drains to fill the p-trap and prevent odors and sewer gas from entering your home. You can learn more about p-traps here!

6) Keep Drains Free of Debris

Use mesh strainers over all household drains to prevent hair, lint, grease, food and other debris from going down your drains.

7) Clean the Lint Trap Inside Your Washing Machine

Check your washing machine lint trap, and clean it if necessary, to prevent laundry backups.

Help from the Sewer & Drain Experts

If you’d like to learn some more sewer and drain cleaning tips for springtime, be sure to check out our other blog post. And as always, if you’re experiencing a sewer or drain issue, give us a call at Reid & Pederson Drainage! Our team is always ready to solve your problem!

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

South Suburbs
NW Indiana
burst frozen pipe

During the winter months, frozen pipes cause a number of enormous issues for homeowners all over the country, and here in Illinois and northern Indiana, we are no exception. While the winter months are a great time of year for lighting up the fireplace, throwing on a blanket, and getting comfortable on the couch, having a frozen pipe burst can quickly dispel any merry or relaxed feelings that you might have had quite quickly.

No matter how well you prepare your home before the winter hits, nature can be unpredictable at times, and can render any preparation work you might have done meaningless in no time at all. Here at Reid & Pederson Drainage, we want to make sure that our customers are prepared for any eventuality that might arise with their sewer and drainage system, and that includes preparing for the possibility that you could be on the receiving end of a burst pipe in the next couple months.

To aid you in this, our team of professionals have taken the time to put together this short list detailing several important steps that you need to take if that unfortunate situation were to become a reality this winter season. Give us a call or read on to find out what you can do to keep damage to a minimum if you have to deal with a burst frozen pipe this winter!

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

South Suburbs
NW Indiana

1) Shut Off The Water Supply Immediately

Whenever you have a pipe freeze and burst around your home during the winter, first and foremost, the most important thing you can do is to identify where the leak is at and shut off the corresponding control valve to keep the amount of water coming into your home at a minimum. The easiest way to locate the damaged pipe is to trace the water back to the pipe in question, and follow it until you find a section of the pipe that is either obviously burst or has bubbled out in any spots or developed fissures. Sometimes the pipe might have water spraying out, which makes identification much easier, but sometimes there might just be a trickle depending on which pipe it was that burst. If your main water line ruptures, you are likely going to need to shut off the water supply to the entire house until repairs can be made.

2) Place A Temporary Fix

If the burst pipe in question is a smaller pipe, like something that would be for your sink, toilet, or bathtub, you might be able to apply a temporary fix to the pipe in the form of a pipe patch or pipe clamp. These are generally a rubber sleeve that is secured around the damage section of pipe, a waterproof adhesive solution, or a clamp with a tightening mechanism. While this won’t be something that you will be able to leave in place for a great deal of time, a temporary fix like this will keep damage from getting worse while you schedule service with a professional.

3) Get Professional Help

Once you have the leak under control, the next thing you need to do is pick up the phone and make the call to a professional who can help you repair the issues in earnest. A burst pipe isn’t something you want to take chances with, as the amount of damage this can cause throughout your home in a very short amount of time is quite staggering. The faster you can get a professional on hand to help you repair the issue, the less chance there is of your home suffering catastrophic damage.

Need help with your sewer or drains this winter? Reach out to the pros at Reid & Pederson Drainage!

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