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A Brief History of Sewer Systems

The EPA estimates that a single person turns 50-70 gallons of water into sewage every day. The early history of sewers and sewage treatment is quite fascinating and really makes us thankful for the systems we have in place today! The First Drainage Systems By 3200 BC, inhabitants of the Orkney Islands in Scotland devised … [Read More]

Drain Tile 101: What Is It & How Does it Work?

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.  What Is Drain Tile? The name “drain tile” is a little misleading … [Read More]

What Is A P-Trap & How Does It Work?

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 … [Read More]

Common Summer Drainage Problems & How to Prevent Them

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 … [Read More]

The Dangers of Cross Bores

If you’re making updates to your home or landscape or planning a repair on your property, it is very important to have the underground utilities on your property located and flagged before doing so. In Illinois, calling 811 or “JULIE”, or in Indiana, calling Indiana811, before you dig is the proper way to begin any … [Read More]

Why Does My House Smell Like Sewage?

The smell is unmistakable. The methane-filled, rotten egg odor of sewer gas. And when you smell it throughout your home, it is not only unpleasant but it can be harmful to your health with continued exposure. So how does sewer gas find a way into your home? The answer may seem obvious but things aren’t … [Read More]

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