Butter Plumbing Blog : Archive for the ‘Drain and Sewer’ Category

3 Causes of Drain Smells

Monday, July 18th, 2016 by Butter Plumbing

It’s never pleasant to come home to a sink or a drain smelling like an open sewer. The bad news is that smells emanating from the drains is one of the more common service calls we attend to here in Paradise, NV. The good news is that they’re usually very simple to solve, and if you know what some of the causes are, you can help yourself out without needing to contact a plumber. Here’s a list of the three most common causes of drain smells:

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Don’t Use a Cleanser to Get Rid of Those Clogs

Monday, July 11th, 2016 by Butter Plumbing

Clogs are a fairly common occurrence for more household plumbing systems, and here in Summerlin, NV, homeowners deal with them all the time. The usually step is to buy a cleanser at the local store, apply it as instructed and wait. It’s easy, fast and very inexpensive. Unfortunately, it rarely works as well as it should, which is why we always recommend contacting a professional plumber to deal with your clogged pipes rather than relying on a store-bought cleanser. Why? Read on for the answers. (more…)

What Is Hydro Jetting?

Monday, April 20th, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

One of the reasons it’s so important to hire professional plumbers for your drain work is the tools to which they have access. Simply put, trained and licensed plumbers have access to tools that homeowners don’t, and the pros know exactly how to use them. One tool that is great for cleaning your drains thoroughly without causing damage is the hydro jetter. Hydro jetters are tools that only professionals have access to, and the experts at Butter Plumbing have these tools, and the training and experience to use them. (more…)

Problems Associated with Sewer Repair

Monday, March 9th, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

No one wants to be told that they need sewer repairs. Of all the plumbing problems that you could have, sewer repairs are by far the smelliest, messiest, and generally most unpleasant.

Though they can definitely be a nightmare to deal with, however, sewer repairs are a far better option than simply ignoring the problem. Let’s take a closer look at sewer repairs, what causes them, how you can identify them, and what can happen if you don’t schedule them.

Backflow

Backflow is when a sudden change in pressure causes your plumbing to suck some sewer water into itself. The water then travels back up your drain, resulting in a very unpleasant surprise. If you suddenly find yourself standing in sewer water while taking a shower, it’s because of backflow. This has been a known problem for decades, and most homes are outfitted with backflow prevention devices by the city. If you are experiencing backflow, you either have a malfunction somewhere in the system or you don’t have a prevention device at all. There are obviously a number of sanitary concerns with having sewage pumped into your house, so it’s a good idea to have a plumber examine your system as soon as possible if you encounter this.

Bad Smells

The plumbing system in your home isn’t just for transporting water. You also have pipes in your home specifically for venting sewer gases out of the home. All sorts of parts in your plumbing system are specifically designed to keep bad smells from coming up through your drains, including the U-bend you’ve probably noticed underneath your sinks. However, a malfunction in that system can lead to sewer gas seeping out of your drains and into the room. If your kitchen or bathroom suddenly smells awful for no apparent reason, see if it seems to be stronger closer to the drain. If so, it’s probably the sign of a problem with your sewer vent. Call a plumber to have a look at your system.

If you suspect that you might need sewer repairs, call Butter Plumbing. We provide sewer repair services throughout the Aliante area.

Ways to Prevent the Need for Sewer Repair

Friday, February 20th, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

There are few household problems as stressful or disgusting as sewer problems. The inconvenience, expensive repairs, and horrible smells can be almost too much to bear. Though there’s not much you can do to mitigate the damage after the fact, there are plenty of ways to make sewer problems less likely to occur. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can prevent the need for sewer repair.

Inspection

A lot of the issues that afflict your home’s sewer system occur out of sight, where you’re very unlikely to notice them. That’s why you need to have your sewer system inspected by a professional plumber at least once a year. Plumbing inspection involves the use of a special camera, which moves through your pipes and allows the plumber to monitor their condition from the inside. This method of inspection lets the plumber identify problems before they grow large enough to require a major repair. If you have your sewer system inspected this way annually, you will drastically reduce the likelihood of a major sewer problem necessitating repairs.

Be Vigilant

When sewer problems do occur, the earlier you catch them the better off you’ll be. Keep an eye out for random flooded spots on the lawn, which is the sign of a burst pipe. If multiple water appliances in your home seem to clog at once, that’s a sign of a sewer issue. Bad smells coming from your drains is another common sign. Another thing to watch out for is water appliances in your home reacting oddly to each other.

  • If you flush the toilet, does water come out of the tub drain?
  • If you use the sink, does the toilet start making noise?

These are all common symptoms of a sewer blockage. If you manage to catch these signs early, you’ll make it much easier (and likely cheaper) for a plumber to fix the problem before it snowballs into something bigger and more damaging.

If you think your home may have a sewer issue, call Butter Plumbing. We provide sewer repair throughout Centennial.

Signs You Need Drain Repair Services

Monday, February 9th, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

Your drains deal with some pretty stubborn types of products, from food waste to soap scum.

All indoor plumbing is made to be durable, but these kinds of materials, and others, can stick to the inside of your pipes and create a build-up that can affect the performance of your plumbing. None of us can see what’s happening inside our drains, so we have to rely on signs and signals from our plumbing that it may be time for drain repair in Summerlin. What are some of these signs? Let’s take a look:

Gurgling

Many people take a gurgling sound as a natural part of the waste water flowing down the drain, but it isn’t. What a gurgling sound indicates is that there is enough build-up in your drain that it has created air pockets; the gurgling sound you hear is created when the flowing wastewater releases some of the trapped air.

Smells

No one really wants to think about their drain becoming smelly, but it unfortunately does happen. The odors tend to emanate from food waste, particularly those that can be classified as FOG – fats, oil or grease. A more uncommon cause of smell, but one that does occur, is sewer or septic back-up. This can happen if your sewer or septic line has developed a leak or backflow issue. Smells coming from your drains should always be taken seriously and be inspected by a trained expert.

Multiple Clogs/Recurring Clogs

Many times, your home will have several drains empty into one plumbing line. If you find that multiple drains in your home are all clogging at the same time, there is a likely chance that the main line into which these clogs empty has a clog. These kinds of clogs tend to be deep in the system, so it’s important to have an expert handle the issue. Similar to this problem is the problem of having a recurring clog in the same drain. This typically indicates that the cause of the clogging has not been resolved and professional help is required.

Home drains handle the disbursement of hundreds of gallons of water per day, so it’s important to keep your drains healthy. If you are seeing the signs that drain repair is necessary for your Summerlin home, call the experts you can count on: Butter Plumbing.