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Time and care goes into your home’s foundation. But many forget that a home’s plumbing is a part of that foundation until it’s too late. Drains and sewer lines often go overlooked when thinking about house upkeep. These parts of your home carry away waste, keeping your home environment clean and healthy. When a stubborn clog or a busted sewer line threatens your family’s health and safety, you can rely on Bewley Plumbing to help!

Our team has been providing Collin & Denton County with plumbing services since our founding in 1947. Over the years, we’ve received a lot of questions about our drain and sewer services. To better educate our community and to ensure they can easily find the answers they’re looking for, we’ve put together this FAQ guide. If you have additional questions or need drain and sewer services, do not hesitate to contact us today!

How Do I Deal With Tree Roots In a Drain Line?

If you have tree roots growing into your drain line, it is important to take immediate action. Not doing so can cause a complete blockage and your drains to back up into your home. If you suspect that you have tree roots growing in your drain line, contact your trusted plumbing team to come out and take a look. They can help locate the source of the issue and rid your drainage line of tree roots. Whether that means cleaning out the pipes with a hydro jet or completely replacing parts of your drainage line that may be too damaged to be saved, your trusted plumbing team at Bewley Plumbing can take care of the issue.

Is There a Way I Can Prevent Clogged Drain Lines?

There are several steps you can take to help prevent clogs in your drainage line. Here are some of our team’s recommendations:

  • Do not put greasy food down the kitchen drain: Grease is the number one cause of drain and sewer line clogs. This is because grease clogs grow over time, so you don’t know there’s an issue until it’s too late. Avoid putting these foods down your drain:
    • Butter
    • Fatty meat trimmings
    • Salad dressings
    • Creamy sauces
    • Cooking grease
  • Do not let hair go down the shower drain: Hair can get wound into tight balls and stop up your drain. One of the best ways to prevent this is to install a hair catcher in your shower drain.
  • Use liquid soap instead of bar soap if you have hard water: While soap scum isn’t completely avoidable, using liquid soap can alleviate the issue. Hard water reacts with soap, forming a sticky, slimy scum that catches on the walls of your drain and sewer line. Using liquid soap can help alleviate this issue, as they react less poorly than bar soap.
  • Invest in drain line cleanings regularly: It is important to invest in the health of your drain and sewer line. Contact your trusted plumber to come and clean your drain and sewer lines at least once every year and a half.
  • Use copper sulfate to prevent root growth: Tree roots are a serious issue and can easily cause a clogged main sewer line. Every couple of months, you may need to flush a generous handful or ½ cup of copper sulfate crystals down one of your toilets. This herbicide is safe for your drains but tough on roots and can help prevent them from growing without harming the rest of the tree.

What Is Hydro Jet Sewer and Drain Cleaning?

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Hydro jet cleaning, also known as hydro jetting, is the process of using a high-pressure hose with a specialized nozzle to dislodge and clear debris and stubborn clogs from a drainage line or sewer line. The water is forced down the clean-out, an opening that plumbers use to remove the clogs. This powerful spray of water can break up tree roots and remove even the most stubborn of clogs. 

Why Are My Drains Gurgling?

If your drains are gurgling or bubbling, it means the water in your drain is moving slowly due to a blockage. If you hear this sign, contact a professional immediately to help you remove the blockage before it can turn into a major clog.

What Is a Sewer Camera Inspection?

A sewer camera inspection is a non-invasive way to investigate your drain and sewer line to locate the source of a clog or leak. This allows us to locate deeper plumbing issues without having to dig up your yard to locate the source of the leak or clog. It can catch issues such as:

  • Root blockages
  • Cracks in your pipes
  • Punctures in your pipes
  • Corrosion
  • Uneven or unaligned pipes
  • Excessive grease buildup
  • Hidden leaks

What Are the Signs That I Need a Sewer Camera Inspection?

If you notice any of the following, it is time to consider scheduling a sewer camera inspection:

  • A bad odor is omitted from your drain
  • Your drains make a lot of noise when draining
  • Your drains are emptying more slowly than they used to
  • Your toilet and other pipes are frequently clogged
  • Sewage is backing up into your sink or bathtub
  • There are wet spots in random places in your yard
  • You smell sewage around your home or yard

Need Drain and Sewer Services in Denton and Collin County, Texas?

Whether you are dealing with a stubborn clog or have noticed a strong sewer smell around your home or yard, you can rely on the team at Bewley Plumbing to resolve the issue. Our team works hard to keep your plumbing running smoothly. Contact us today for more information on our drain and sewer services or to schedule an appointment!