Plumbing Tips

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!

New Coffee Station for Church

Local Kennesaw Church

The most common request we receive from local churches in Acworth, Kennesaw, and Marietta is that they are growing and need to accommodate the new member increase. The most recent was a local Kennesaw church near Town Center mall that was updating an area to create a coffee station. Who doesn’t love coffee!

The church had an area ready to go however sometimes the vision does not match the existing plumbing system and there was not any plumbing in this area to tap into. To accommodate the new plumbing we video inspected the existing sewer drain system and found the point at which we would tap into it. We then opened up (Jack Hammered)  the concrete approximately 20′, laid the new pipes, stabilized the new pipes, covered them up with concrete, and installed a new clean out on the exterior to accommodate the new plumbing. The church had cabinets, counter tops, and the electrical work installed and in no time at all we were back to install the final plumbing fixtures.

No matter how difficult or impossible a plumbing job may seem our Master Plumber has the solution.

 

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 Burst Frozen Pipe Plumbing Emergency

Everyone remembers the Great Polar Vortex of 2014Blasts of arctic air brought astonishingly cold temperatures to the Atlanta Area and  across the United States. And that meant frozen pipes, burst pipes and all the water damage they can cause. Are you prepared for the colder temperatures this weekend?

FOAM

Insulate pipes exposed to the elements or cold drafts. By keeping your water warmer, you reduce the amount of energy needed to heat water in the cold, winter months.

FOAM

DOME

Place an insulating dome or other covering on outdoor faucets and spigots to reduce the likelihood of water pipes freezing, expanding and causing a costly leak.

DOME

DRIP

Allow a slow drip from your faucets to reduce the buildup of pressure in the pipes. Even if the pipes freeze, the release pressure in the water system will reduce the likelihood of a rupture.

DRIP

Call us Now for Frozen Pipe Repair (678) 355-9141

Prevent pipes from freezing:

 

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

 

If your pipes do freeze, here are five things you should do and one thing you should NOT do:

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • If you cannot find the frozen area, if the area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • DO NOT use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.

Avoiding a Christmas Plumbing Emergency

Burst pipes can destroy your kitchen, bathrooms, and home while away on vacation.

How would you like to come back from vacation to find THIS in your kitchen?

Burst pipe frozen pipes
Remember, if you are going away from home in cold weather set your thermostat to a temperature no lower than 55° F. You might also want to open kitchen doors and cabinets so warm air can circulate.

Let the count down to Christmas begin! 

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!
 

24 Hr Emergency Plumber in Kennesaw

Need an emergency plumbing service? Call (678) 355-9141.  Our Kennesaw Plumbers will try to respond to your emergency plumbing request within a timely manner in Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta or the Woodstock Area.  

While you wait, continue reading about the things that make Batylin Plumbing the #1 choice for all your residential and commercial plumbing needs.

 

Why Choose Us For Your Plumbing Emergency?

We aim to not only meet but exceed your expectations; our emergency plumbers understand the urgency of on time service during a plumbing emergency.  So if you have a problem, we make it ours.

Whether you call at night, during the weekend or even a holiday, you will have the opportunity to leave a message that will be returned by an employee of Batylin Plumbing and is ready to help you get your plumbing emergency under control.

Our Kennesaw plumbers serving the Cobb County area are experienced and licensed plumbers that will get to your home or business as soon as possible.

What Our 24 hr Plumber Can Do:

There are hundreds of plumbing problems that come up.  Our emergency plumbers are experienced and reliable in handling all of it.

How to Avoid Plumbing Problems?

Ask us about our plumbing inspection services, regular plumbing inspection and maintenance can really help you reduce future plumbing emergencies.

By now, your emergency plumber should have responded by phone, keep our number handy (678) 355-1941 and give us a call the next time life throws you a plumbing problem in the Kennesaw Area.  You call, our plumbers show up and get the job done leaving you with a smile or we’ll want to hear about it.