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    Keeping Roots from Damaging Your Sewer Line

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Tree and shrub roots grow outwards in search of water, nutrients, and oxygen. Unfortunately, sewer lines provide all three things that roots crave. When a root comes across even the tiniest leak, it will quickly grow into the pipe and inhibit the flow of waste. This can result in blockages, broken pipes, and other serious plumbing headaches. If you want to avoid major sewer repair, start by taking a few precautionary measures against sewer line damage caused by roots.

    Determine Where Your Sewer Line is Located

    In order to keep roots from damaging your sewer line, you first need to determine where your sewer line is located. If you don’t have the blueprints or schematics for your home, call your local public works department to find the location of all underground utilities, including the sewer line. Knowing the location of your sewer line can also help your Sacramento plumbing company in the event of a sewer line emergency.

    Plant “Sewer-Safe” Trees and Shrubs

    It can cost hundreds of dollars and many hours of hard work to replace your old trees and shrubs, but being smart about your landscaping can save you even more money and time in the long run. If you can’t avoid planting trees and shrubs near your sewer line, select slow-growing trees and shrubs with a small root ball.

    Prevent Root Growth around Your Sewer Line

    Once you know where your sewer line is located you can take steps to create a barrier between it and nearby trees and shrubs. Copper sulfate and potassium hydroxide are commonly used slow-release chemicals that can prevent tree and shrub roots from growing into your sewer line. For greater protection, bury metal or wood barriers 6 to 12 inches deeper than the pipe and running vertically next to the sewer line from your home’s foundation to the point where it meets up with the municipal sewer line.

    No matter what’s causing your sewer line problems, count on Rapid Rooter Plumbing of Sacramento. Our mission is to deliver the finest customer service to match our unbeatable plumbing services. Contact us online or call us at (916) 248-8783 to learn more about our residential plumbing services. 

    Eco-Friendly Plumbing Products

    Last updated 25 days ago

    If you worry about your business’s environmental impact, make a change for the better by switching to eco-friendly plumbing products. ProClean® urinal blocks contain a powerful cleaning agent to break down calcium before it builds up in the plumbing lines. ProClean® also makes a Sugar Residue Digestant that uses an exclusive biological formula to break down sugars and carbohydrates. Rapid Rooter Plumbing also offers an eco-friendly drain cleaner and septic tank treatment that contains natural, non-toxic ingredients.

    Your Rapid Rooter Plumbing professional can show you how to use these and other eco-friendly plumbing products on a monthly basis. You can also count on Rapid Rooter Plumbing of Sacramento for all of your commercial plumbing maintenance and repair needs. Call us today at (916) 248-8783 to learn more about our commercial plumbing services. 

    Flushable Wipes Aren't So Flushable

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Flushable wipes are more popular than ever, but are they actually “flushable?” According to a recent class-action lawsuit they aren’t, and that the rise in sales of flushable wipes have directly correlated with millions of dollars’ worth of plumbing damage and repairs across the country. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection even admits that plumbing clogs and pipe damage correlate directly with the increase in sales of flushable wipes.

    Watch this short video clip to learn more about the dangers of flushable wipes. And if someone in your home or business has been flushing supposedly flushable wipes down the toilet, contact Rapid Rooter Plumbing of Sacramento today. Our plumbers can clean your drains and remove any clogs before they cause major headaches and require major repairs. Call us at (916) 248-8783 to schedule plumbing service today. 

    Top Plumbing Mistakes that Lead to Repairs

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Depending on the angle you take and the way you dispose of waste in your home, your plumbing system may seem delicate or it may seem indestructible. Even if it is the latter for you, your plumbing infrastructure professional attention from time to time. If you would like to have to pick up the phone to call a plumber as infrequently as possible, then take care to avoid these common mistakes.

    Treating Your Toilet Like a Dumpster

    Your toilet is the perfect place to deposit biodegradable human waste, but it is not the place for things that are typically thrown away. While it may be tempting to toss cigarette butts, dental floss, sanitary pads, and other small or papery objects into that powerful swirl of downward-moving water, doing so can result in sewer line clogs and other plumbing problems that require the tools and know-how that a professional plumber has.

    Putting too Much Faith in Your Garbage Disposal

    Treating your garbage disposal like a trash can is no better than treating your toilet like one. Know what food byproducts can be easily broken down by your garbage disposal, and keep all other foodstuffs, oils, and cleaning agents well away from your kitchen sink.

    Attempting DIY Plumbing Fixes

    Attempting to tackle a plumbing project you are not equipped to handle is likely to exacerbate the problem you are trying to correct or lead to entirely new plumbing problems. Unless you are attempting to plunge a toilet for the first time using step-by-step advice from a how-to video clip, do not try to resolve any plumbing problems unless you are intimately familiar with both the problem and the solution.

    The next time you are faced with a plumbing problem you do not know how to fix, remember to hire a professional plumber rather than attempting to correct the problem yourself. If you live in or near Sacramento and would like professional plumbing service from an experienced, full-service plumber, call Rapid Rooter at (916) 248-8783.

    Flushable Wipes Can Cause Major Sewage Problems

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Dental floss, chewing gum, cigarette butts, and coffee grounds can all cause major sewage problems if flushed down the toilet or sink drain in a home. While it is important to avoid disposing of these plumbing clogging objects incorrectly, there is a more damaging material that may not even be on your radar. “Flushable” personal wipes and baby wipes have become a major source of sewer line clogging and pump malfunction in Sacramento and other parts of the country, primarily because consumers are led falsely to believe that disposing of them via toilet flush is acceptable.

    Improper Labeling

    Federally approved products marketed as “flushable” undergo tests, but these tests are not that applicable to the real world. A single wipe that is agitated enough in a simulated flush environment to be classified as “flushable” will not necessarily break down when flushed down a toilet. Only thin, biodegradable toilet paper and human waste are the

    Differences in Plumbing Infrastructure

    Further complicating the matter of how flushable personal wipes are is the fact that plumbing systems, reflecting the various periods of modernity in which they were constructed or last overhauled, vary considerably in their capabilities. Some plumbing networks may be able to cope with flushable wipes, but certainly not all plumbing infrastructure can. When you are unsure about what your plumbing can handle, it is best to err on the side of caution and not flush anything down the toilet that you have not already been flushing for years.

    How to Dispose of “Flushable” Wipes

    Instead of flushing them down the toilet, deposit used personal wipes in a closed trash can that you store next to the toilet. Keep your bathroom sanitary by emptying this trash can every few days or whenever it starts to smell.

    For 40 years, Rapid Rooter has been providing home and business owners throughout the Sacramento area with quick, reliable plumbing service. If you experience a plumbing clog or sewage backup, we can unclog your drains and clear out your pipes in an efficient and thorough manner. To schedule a plumbing service visit on your property, call (916) 248-8783.

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