Pros and Cons of Trenchless Sewage Pipe Replacement

4 Types of Sewer Linings for Cracked Pipes

When you are living in a home that is 40 years old or older, there may be a fear in the back of your mind. The older your home, the older its plumbing is, and the older the plumbing is, the sooner the sewer line will have to be replaced. Replacing a sewer line is an expensive and intrusive process, and there’s … Read More

Pumpkin Pulp is the Perfect Material for Clogging Plumbing and Drains

Pumpkin Pulp Clogs Drains and Pipes Roto-Rooter Traverse City Michigan

Preparing for Halloween? Here’s one trick to help you ensure that any plumbers that show up on your doorstep are actually costumed kids seeking treats! Halloween is a sticky time for plumbing and drain cleaning companies like Roto-Rooter. Americans carve millions of pumpkins every year, keeping a 19th century tradition alive. Unfortunately, it’s not a tradition that bodes well for some modern … Read More

What You Can Expect From Sewer Line Repairs

Sewer Line Repair by Roto-Rooter of Northern Michigan

Did you know that all of the drains in your home lead to the main sewer line, which runs from your home and connects to a city sewer line or septic tank? The sewer line is the largest drain of your home and is, therefore, very susceptible to clogs. Typical sewer line clogs are caused by a buildup of debris over time. … Read More

Fixing a Clogged Drain is Easier Than You Think

How to Unclog a Drain Roto-Rooter Plumbing Traverse City Michigan

We’ve all been there before, either when taking a shower that feels more like a bath, or using a sink that you can’t fill up too high. Clogged drains are an everyday inconvenience, but fortunately, fixing a clogged drain yourself is usually simple. First, you’ll just need to gather some basic household tools and supplies, and then get to work with your … Read More

Kitchen Sink Smells

Residential Plumbing Sewer Odor Roto-Rooter Traverse City Michigan

Customer Question: We live in Traverse City, Michigan. The kitchen sink, which is the highest trap in our house, is venting a terrible smell into the house. Is this a clogged vent? Can Roto-Rooter of Northern Michigan fix it? Our Answer: It could be a clogged vent or a clogged drain, both will produce the same condition that allows sewer gas to … Read More

Why Dig Up Your Yard?

4 Types of Sewer Linings for Cracked Pipes

So you’ve received two estimates from plumbing contractors regarding the broken sewer main under your front yard. It’s leaking sewage and your toilets and sinks are backing up. Not only did they tell you it’s going to cost several thousand dollars to dig up and replace the pipe but the plumbing repair could also kill the two old shade trees when the … Read More

A New Meaning for ‘Snaking a Drain’

Snaking a drain in Traverse City Michigan Professional Plumbing

From time to time, a homeowner may have an unwelcome guest inside their homes.. However, the issue may not always be as easy as using a sheet of paper to send a spider back out into the world. In fact, you may find a few animals roaming around in your plumbing. This is because they have a number of access points, … Read More

Tree Roots Problematic in the Fall in Northern Michigan

Remove Tree Roots from Pipe without Killing Trees

In the fall, roots can return very quickly as the trees are creating more roots in preparation for the winter storage. The real problem is the roots were removed from the inside of the piping, but the tap roots are still in the hubs of the pipes. Snaking a line can only reach the hair-like fibers of the roots in the … Read More

Water Jet Sewer Cleaning Explained: What is it and When You Need It

Plumbing Questions Answered by Roto-Rooter of Traverse City Michigan

Sewer lines are critical for sending waste and water away from a home, business or other structure, but sewer pipes are not impenetrable or impervious to blockages. Trees are a significant culprit, as their roots can penetrate sewer lines at pipe joints or damaged sections. Roots gradually obstruct the flow of sewage and eventually can cause a complete blockage of … Read More

How to Retrieve a Valuable Item out of the Sink Drain

Valuable Item in Sink Drain Roto-Rooter Traverse City

We’ve all had that “Oh no!” moment after dropping something down the drain. Earrings, contact lenses and even toothbrushes sometimes manage to make their way into the pipes. When this happens, what do you do? Here are some tips: TRY A COAT HANGER It seems silly, but if you are able to remove the drain catch, try and feel around … Read More