Clogged Kitchen Sink Drain

A local Acworth property management company purchased a condo and it came with some issues. Right after moving in the tenants realized that the kitchen drain line was clogged. If water was left running, in about 20-30 seconds they would see water standing in the disposal. So, since the place was under a home warranty, a plumber showed up and cleared the clog (which, from the report was something like 10 ft down the line). In about 5-6 days, the clog was back.

The property manager & homeowner decided that a second opinion was in order and hired us to diagnosis the issue. What we found was as followed:

1. Whoever installed the sink and the piping was not a professional, licensed plumber.
2. There was no p-trap installed.
3. The plumbing would have to be re-piped.
4. The garbage disposal was burnt out and would have to be replaced.
5. And lastly, the connection used to pipe the kitchen sink drain line to the main drain line was wrong, wrong, wrong. There is a first time for everything and this was first! The kitchen sink drain line was plastic connected to a cast iron pipe using hose clamps and pipe dope? Huh?!?!?

We advised the tenants that the garbage disposal is not a trash can (as the previous owners used it). That scrapping their plate off or leftovers into the disposal will void the warranty and be considered abuse, and not to repeat their mistake.

Now onto the fix, we had to cut out all the plumbing below the floor into the basement ceiling and re-pipe below the flooring, what a mess and how did the home inspector not catch this (but that’s another blog, another time!) We found the clog just beyond the patched together pipes and cleared the clog. After all the pipes were cut out we re-piped making a proper connection, we brought all the pipes back up through the floor into the cabinet, installed the new disposal and connected all the pipes to the kitchen sink. The sink drained perfectly and all was flowing again!

Do you really need a sewer clean out?

Sewer backing up Kennesaw

Recently, we were hired to unclog and video inspect (camera) a customers sewer pipe. The only clean out they had was in an accessible but difficult location in the crawl space. The sewer line had already backed up through this clean out into the crawl space and the homeowners had called out a remediation company to clean up. This was not only difficult for the remediation company but difficult for the owners as they had to endure the smell that radiated throughout their home during the process and lingered for days.

Upon arrival we began the process of snaking the main sewer line. Their sewer line was approximately 150′ from the clean out in the crawl space to the county tap. We were only able to snake out and inspect the first 100′ as that’s the length of the cable. Internal and local Plumbing Code requires that a clean out be installed every 80′. We discovered the following: Between the point where the sewer line exits the home and before the county tap, their sewer pipe had a backfall or sloped upwards. Their sewer pipe should not be sloping upwards at all, your sewer line should drain with gravity into your septic tank or into the county tap.

Most backfalls or upward sloping occur due to improper installation or shifting of the ground over time. This backfall causes waste to be trapped and not drain. Overtime waste and debris will collect in the upward slope and eventually will cause the drain to clog up due to not being able to drain with gravity.

On this particular job located in Acworth, Ga just north of Kennesaw, Ga we gave the customer many options.

1) Replace the section of pipe between the house and the county tap. The new pipe would slope appropriately allowing gravity to drain.

2) Install a clean-out while the pipe backfall/slope was being corrected. Had the owners had a clean out outside they simply could have opened that up releasing the stopage and it would have been less likely to back up into their crawl space. It also would have allowed us access to the remainder of the pipe that was not accessible.

After the clean out was installed we video inspected (camered) the remainder of the sewer line and found a second issue. The sewer line had a belly further down the line. A belly in the sewer pipe is when the pipe sags. This is likely due to settlement in the ground and not avoidable.

Now the emergency plumbing was taken care of the homeowners had options:

Option #1. Leave the belly or sag in the pipe alone and over time see how it responds to the waste. In the event it did back up we had installed the clean out outside and it would be much more accessible to snake the pipe out and less likely to back up into the home.

Option #2. Replace the section that was sagging and have 100% peace of mind that the main sewer pipe was repaired.

They went with option #2. In these circumstances there was no fault to the homeowners just a very unfortunate situation that had to be corrected. Clean outs make everyone’s life easier, just ask anyone whose sewage has backed up into their home!

Avoiding Thanksgiving Plumbing Emergencies 

A plumbing disaster today or tomorrow could cost you big time – most plumbers charge double on holidays.

Clogged sinks and drains during a party at your house are so common this time of year simply because more people are using your toilets and sinks than normal.

Overuse of plumbing fixtures by friends and family are the most common reason for the seasonal plumbing emergencies.

Plus, too much time (and too many cooks) in the kitchen can cause unusual items to end up in your sink.

We have pulled spoons, straws, knives, pennies, potato peels, and all to many times guest and owners alike treat their disposal like a trash can… and it is not.

If you haven’t had a plumber over yet this season, and you have a leaky pipe or drainage underneath your sink, try to call one before your Christmas or New Years parties.

But it’s not too late to avoid a disaster today. Here are some last minute tips:

Don’t put ANYTHING down your garbage disposal

Never run the disposal when water’s not running

Make sure children don’t flush anything down the toilet that isn’t paper and avoid excessive amounts of toilet paper usage and wipes being flushed.

Have guests sleeping over wait at least ten minutes in between showers so pipes don’t get clogged up

Happy Thanksgiving!
 

Clogged pipes grease build up

To prevent a backup we suggest keeping fats, oils, and grease out of your drains. This over time should keep you plumbing drains running smoothly and keep the plumbers away.

Not sure what is safe to put in your drain? Our suggestion is if you are not sure, throw it away! We have listed a few items (not all listed) to avoid putting down your drains:

  • Oil and butter
  • Sauces and thick dips
  • Mayonnaise
  • Gravy
  • Any drippings such as bacon, chicken, turkey, & beef.
  • Fat remains from meat, trimmings.
  • Peelings from fruits, like Apples
  • Peelings from veggies, like potatoes
  • Pasta
Some tips to keep fats, oils, and grease out of your drains:
  • Scrape food and grease from plates into the trash
  • Use sink drain strainer
  • Pour grease in cans and throw away
  • Wipe away plates, pans, and baking dishes before washing
If you need any drains unclogged in Kennesaw, Marietta, Acworth, Woodstock, Alpharetta give us a call. We also give discounts on service calls for same day service.
678-355-9181

Smyrna Clogged Disposal

How to identify a clogged disposal, a jammed disposal, or motor burnt out on a disposal.

In your Smyrna home a disposal that is clogged, jammed or burnt out can be easy to identify with a little plumbing knowledge.

Smyrna Clogged Disposal:

If your Smyrna Disposal is clogged your sink will begin to back up into either side of your kitchen sink and the disposal will not grind. Never put your hand or any other objects into the clogged disposal to clear the clog. It is also important to know that you can burn the motor out on your disposal if you turn the disposal on and off.

Your best fix is to Call Us Now (678) 35-9181 and let our Master Plumber located in Smyrna make your clogged disposal repairs.

Smyrna Jammed Disposal:

A Smyrna Jammed Disposal will still hum or buzz but will not grind. A jammed disposal can be caused by too much waste being put into the disposal or it can be caused by the motor seizing up. Never put your hand or any other objects into the clogged disposal to clear the clog. It is also important to know that you can burn the motor out on your disposal if you turn the disposal on and off.

Your best fix is to Call Us Now (678) 35-9181 and let our Master Plumber located in Smyrna to make your jammed disposal repairs.

Smyrna Disposal Motor Burnt Out:

An Smyrna Disposal Motor that has burnt out will not make any noises and will not grind. Some common  issues to check for are: 1. Check your circuit breaker to make sure it has not tripped. 2. Press the reset button.

If neither of the suggestions work Call Us Now (678) 355-9181 to have our Master Plumber located in Smyrna to repair your Smyrna Disposal or replace your Smyrna Disposal.


Acworth Clogged Disposal

How to identify a clogged disposal, a jammed disposal, or motor burnt out on a disposal.

In your Acworth home a disposal that is clogged, jammed or burnt out can be easy to identify with a little plumbing knowledge.

Acworth Clogged Disposal:

If your Acworth Disposal is clogged your sink will begin to back up into either side of your kitchen sink and the disposal will not grind. Never put your hand or any other objects into the clogged disposal to clear the clog. It is also important to know that you can burn the motor out on your disposal if you turn the disposal on and off.

Your best fix is to Call Us Now (678) 35-9181 and let our Master Plumber located in Acworth make your clogged disposal repairs.

Acworth Jammed Disposal:

An Acworth Jammed Disposal will still hum or buzz but will not grind. A jammed disposal can be caused by too much waste being put into the disposal or it can be caused by the motor seizing up. Never put your hand or any other objects into the clogged disposal to clear the clog. It is also important to know that you can burn the motor out on your disposal if you turn the disposal on and off.

Your best fix is to Call Us Now (678) 35-9181 and let our Master Plumber located in Acworth make your jammed disposal repairs.

Acworth Disposal Motor Burnt Out:

An Acworth Disposal Motor that has burnt out will not make any noises and will not grind. Some common  issues to check for are: 1. Check your circuit breaker to make sure it has not tripped. 2. Press the reset button.

If neither of the suggestions work Call Us Now (678) 355-9181 to have our Master Plumber located in Acworth to repair your Acworth Disposal or replace your Acworth Disposal.

Marietta Clogged Disposal

How to identify a clogged disposal, a jammed disposal, or motor burnt out on a disposal.

In your Marietta home a disposal that is clogged, jammed or burnt out can be easy to identify with a little plumbing knowledge.

Marietta Clogged Disposal:

If your Marietta Disposal is clogged your sink will begin to back up into either side of your kitchen sink and the disposal will not grind. Never put your hand or any other objects into the clogged disposal to clear the clog. It is also important to know that you can burn the motor out on your disposal if you turn the disposal on and off.

Your best fix is to Call Us Now (678) 35-9181 and let our Master Plumber located in Marietta make your clogged disposal repairs.

Marietta Jammed Disposal:

An Marietta Jammed Disposal will still hum or buzz but will not grind. A jammed disposal can be caused by too much waste being put into the disposal or it can be caused by the motor seizing up. Never put your hand or any other objects into the clogged disposal to clear the clog. It is also important to know that you can burn the motor out on your disposal if you turn the disposal on and off.

Your best fix is to Call Us Now (678) 35-9181 and let our Master Plumber located in Marietta make your jammed disposal repairs.

Marietta Disposal Motor Burnt Out:

An Marietta Disposal Motor that has burnt out will not make any noises and will not grind. Some common  issues to check for are: 1. Check your circuit breaker to make sure it has not tripped. 2. Press the reset button.

If neither of the suggestions work Call Us Now (678) 355-9181 to have our Master Plumber located in Marietta to repair your Marietta Disposal or replace your Marietta Disposal.