Tree Root-clogged Home Sewer Lines: How Can a Professional Help?

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you suspect that your home sewer is clogged, you will be concerned, unsure if you should call a professional de-rooting service, and maybe even unsure about what they can do to help you. This article will help alleviate this stress. Why the Clog? Sewer house laterals, located on a homeowner’s property, are pipes connecting the drains in a home to the sewer main. Since they are located on private property, they are the homeowner’s responsibility, not the city’s. The city only has to maintain the main sewer line that is connected to the lateral. Especially for homes constructed in the 40s to 60s, with either cast iron or vitrified clay pipe, crack and leaks can develop that are gateways for tree roots to access. The roots favour oxygen, nutrients and moisture, which are conveniently located inside of a sewer pipe. It is a misconception that tree roots actually cause the cracks and leaks themselves, but when water seeps out through cracks, the ends of the roots can sense the moisture, and are attracted to them. As roots consume more from a pipe, they can grow into hair-like masses, and clog your sewer. What Can De-Rooters Do? To understand the extent of your damage, de-rooting services  provide a pipeline video inspection where a cable mounted video camera is inserted into a pipe and its interior viewed. This method will show how concentrated the damage is, what method is best for root removal and if a section of the pipe should be replaced.   There are a few solutions that professional services (such as Royal-T-Rooter Service) provide. The first is the common method of using an auger, a blade the diameter of your pipe that can be fed through to break up and collect roots. For root problems, professionals will insert a  power assisted auger through a clean-out hole that more easily accesses the entirety of your sewer lateral rather than into the sewer through a roof vent. Another method is water blasting—sending 4000 psi of water into a pipe to burst out roots within the pipe. These methods can easily can injure a homeowner if handled improperly and should be left to professionals. There are chemical cleaning methods as well, for example, using ‘rooticide’ to kill the roots. However, in some municipalities, certain chemicals, like copper sulphate, may not be allowed. Therefore, using a chemical foam cleaning agent is the more prudent method. If your piping becomes severely damaged, professionals can replace sections of. Modern methods do not require trench digging. Below are three common examples. The first method, sewer pipe bursting, involves breaking your old pipe with a powerful cone shaped tool while pulling in a new pipe behind it. The other two methods, sliplining and cured in place piping (CIPP),  involve...

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Tips For Choosing Safe. Effective, Fido-Proof Fencing

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dogs naturally love the outdoors. Even a dog that lives in the home craves time outside to run and do the things dogs love to do: dig, sniff, chase and other business. There are several tips that can help you when deciding what type of fence you need to keep Fido in.  Understand Why Dogs Escape While dogs know where “home” is they do like to roam, and most dogs do so for one or more of the following reasons: Searching for a mate of the opposite sex if your dog has not been spayed or neutered  The backyard gets boring and the dog craves interaction with other humans and animals Fear can drive your dog to seek out other places If you know what causes your dog to roam and its fears, you can take steps to keep your pet in a fenced area. You can have your pet spayed or neutered or make sure it has plenty of toys and human championship so there is no need to roam. Understand How Dogs Escape Not all dogs use the same escape methods. How they choose to do so can depend on their size, agility and whether they like to dig. No matter how your escape artist does it, there are some things you can do to keep them inside the fenced area. Diggers: These dogs escape by going under the fence but need soft dirt to dig their way out. You can deter digging by placing large rocks against the edge of the fence or bury some chicken wire in the soil along the bottom of the fence.  Jumpers: Agile dogs will jump over a fence or climb up and over to freedom. You can keep agile dogs within their bounds by using materials with a smooth surface to build your fence, like plywood. You can also add an inward-titled extension on top of your existing fence.  Squeezers:  Some dogs are able to squeeze through gaps or holes in fences. To prevent an escape, repair any holes or loose boards in your existing fence, and don’t choose a fence design where wood planks fit snuggly together.  Consider Good Fence Options Chain link fencing is ideal for dog owners. Your fence can safely confine your pet to your yard, but also give it the freedom to look out and see the world without roaming. If your dog is agile or a jumper you need to build a fence at least 5 to 6 feet high to prevent the dog from jumping and climbing over.  If you have a dog and are concerned about escape issues, you can discuss your fencing options with a contractor such as Arbor Fence Co Inc. He or she can recommend...

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