4 signs you might have a clog in your home’s main sewer line.

Often times, issues with a home’s drainage system are rather easy to diagnose.  If you have an overflowing toilet, but everything else in your home is functioning as normal, it’s a safe bet that the problem is isolated.  What happens when it’s not so easy, though?  Here are some signs that you may have an issue with your home’s main sewer line:

1.  More than one drain in your home is not functioning properly.  For instance, you have an overflowing toilet, your shower won’t drain, and your kitchen sink has standing water.

2.  The sinks, toilets, and/or floor drain in your home’s basement are filling with water every time you use a fixture in the house.  The basement is the lowest point in your home, so if you flush a toilet on the second floor and water is rising in the basement you may have an issue with your home’s main sewer line.

3.  Your home drains slowly.  If all the drains in your home are draining slowly, a problem might be right around the corner.

4.  A main sewer line backup has a very unpleasant smell.  If your home, especially the basement, begins to smell like sewage; it may be time for a cleaning.

The causes of a blocked main sewer line are endless.  While some causes are an easy fix, others may be quite problematic.  But don’t worry, call The Drain Guys @ (862) 253-2545.  We’re always here to help! Visit http://www.thedrainguysnj.com/ to learn even more.


Shower won’t drain? These could be the culprits!

It could happen over the course of time or it could happen seemingly overnight.  Eventually, every home will need to address the issue from time to time.  Your shower won’t drain!  So let’s identify the two most common culprits and hopefully keep the water flowing.

1.  The biggest culprit when a shower won’t drain is hair.  Hair has a habit of finding just the right place to get snagged in a home’s drainage system to start  forming a clog.  Even in showers equipped with the most advanced drain protection, hair will find its way into a drain like spaghetti through a strainer.

2.  Coming in at a close #2 are soaps, shampoos, and conditioners.  When a shower is draining slowly and then over time the shower won’t drain, it is most likely these three universally used products.  Soaps, shampoos, and conditioners contain fats and oils that will stick to the sides of a home’s drainage system and build up over time.  This build up, if not addressed, will ultimately be the reason your shower won’t drain.

Simple problems = Simple solutions!

Where there is a will, there is a way.  To help keep your shower flowing, just follow these two simple suggestions.

1.  Clean the loose hair from the shower strainer after each wash.  This will help prevent loose hair from entering your home’s drainage system.

2.  Use a bacterial – based drain cleaning agent.  This type of drain cleaner contains harmless bacteria that eat away at the fats and oils slowly building in your home’s drainage system.

And remember…The Drain Guys are here to help! Visit http://www.thedrainguysnj.com/ to learn even more.