Roto-Rooter Plumbers Talk About Clogs

Is there any more helpless feeling than when a toilet, sink or shower clogs and begins backing up into your home? The sewer and drain experts at Roto-Rooter, your 24-hour plumbing company, knows clogs better than anyone. After all, we invented the electric drain cleaning machine in 1935 that started an entire sewer and drain cleaning industry.  When you experience a clogged drain, here … Read More

3 Signs a Sewer Backup is Coming

Heavy storms and extreme temperatures are a recipe for disaster that could put a damper on your home’s plumbing system. These conditions can be particularly strenuous on your main sewer line. Storms regularly backup main sewer lines, and in addition to excessively high temperatures during summer months, weather conditions promptly lead to clogged main sewer lines and damage to homes. It … Read More

How Often Should I Have My Drains Cleaned?

“How often should I have my drains cleaned?” was a question we recently received. The length of time between each drain cleaning depends on how often you put grease and greasy food products down the line. To avoid kitchen plumbing jobs, never pour grease down the drain and use a paper towel to wipe grease from pots and pans prior to … Read More

Most Common Types of Sewer Problems

The sewer line is the largest drain in your home and is susceptible to a number of problems. The most common problems to affect a sewer line include the following: Tree roots – If roots have infiltrated your sewer line, they can quickly damage the line and cause further damage in no time. Broken, collapsed, cracked, or misaligned pipes – These are … Read More

How Professionals Do A Sewer Cleaning Job

When the Roto-Rooter man tells you your sewer pipe is clogged with tree roots and you need a sewer cleaning, what exactly does he do? Usually he will begin by feeding a small cable with a sharp blade on the end to bore through the clog and allow it to drain. Next, he will use a larger cable machine with a 4-inch or … Read More

Don’t Pour Grease or Oil Down Your Drains

You’ve probably been warned at some point in your life that pouring grease down the drain is a bad idea. Everyone has their lazy days, though, and you’ve probably ignored this warning in favor of a quick cleanup. Pouring trace amounts of grease down the drain once, while not a good thing, probably won’t cause any serious blockages in your … Read More

Water Backs Up When Running My Washing Machine

“When I do more than two loads of wash, water comes out by my toilet located on the other side of the house. If I wait 4 hours in between loads, there are no problems.“ If water is backing up after a couple of loads, it probably means the backup is past the toilet and may be a clog in … Read More

Floor Drain Maintenance Tips

In the family of indoor plumbing, people often overlook floor drains. Floor drains resemble the drains you see in bathtubs and showers since they’re flush with the surface, but actual floor drains are commonly found in basement floors, garages, laundry rooms, older bathroom floors and sometimes on patios and driveways. Floor drains are installed anyplace where fast, efficient water drainage is … Read More