An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Those are wise words and apply to more than your health. Preventative maintenance is the surest way to avoid sewer line backups.
You can take care of your pipes with easy, common sense habits. When it’s time for stronger methods, Apollo can perform routine maintenance that keeps a sewer line in good shape.
If your pipes are already damaged, you should know that we can repair or replace pipes without wrecking your yard. We have a couple of different techniques that don’t require digging.
Maintenance To Keep Your Pipes Clear
Taking care of a sewer line depends in part on what type of pipes run from your home to the public line. Clay pipes, for example, are vulnerable to tree roots. PVC and other types of pipes have fewer problems with roots but can develop clogs or scale.
Here are some ways a plumber can maintain your sewer.
Inspection: Technicians can perform a sewer scope or video inspection. The pictures reveal impending problems. The video will show what type of pipes you have and will reveal what’s creating a clog.
Hydro jetting: We can clean PVC and other types of pipes with a high-powered jet of water. Pipes can develop scale or a buildup of grease. Hydro jet sewers once a year to prevent buildup.
Watch out for roots: We can remove tree roots that invade a pipe. We use a rotating blade or with a special nozzle on a hydro jetter. We may also recommend following the cleaning with a growth inhibitor. For a recurring problem, plan to have the roots removed yearly. Eventually, you may want to replace the pipe with one that doesn’t allow roots to invade.
Research your options for pipe repair: If your sewer regularly gives you problems, talk to us about solutions. Research online about different sewer-repair techniques. Trenchless repairs, such as CPP, cured-in-place pipe and directional drilling or boring, are alternatives to traditional repairs that require digging.
Don’t Throw These Things Into a Toilet or Drain
Here’s the condensed version for how to care for a sewer line: The only thing that goes into a toilet is human waste and toilet paper.
Everything else, including so-called flushable wet wipes, has the potential to cause clogs. Wipes don’t degrade and can eventually form a mass. Don’t flush them.
Here is a more extensive list of what not to put in a toilet or drain:
Don’t flush: cotton swabs, bandages, disposable diapers, baby wipes, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, cigarette butts, hair or any other random refuse. Toss these things in the trash.
Don’t pour into the drain: paint, oil, grease, lawn-care chemicals, food (unless you have a garbage disposal).
Also, don’t dispose of prescription drugs by sending them into the sewer. They won’t create a clog, but drugs will cause sewer rats to grow to the size of a grizzly bear. Just kidding. Prescription drugs don’t belong in the sewer system because they will eventually end up in the water, potentially harming fish and wildlife.
Apollo Drain & Rooter serves the Portland and Vancouver metro area. Contact us for help with your sewer.
Fantastic customer service. We were out of town when tenants needed help with a plumbing issue. They let us know who was being dispatched to our house then followed up with a very detailed message post work. I would definitely use these guys again.
I can’t say enough good things about this company. Had a sewer repair needed and had a very short amount of time due to closing on a house sale. Every single person I encountered from Marquita doing logistics for my job to every member of the work crew. Friendly, communicated well, totally responsive and really cared to help me through this very stressful job. All of the people I encountered were role models for what a well run service business should be. Much thanks and appreciation. You’re great.
We had a leak and no hot water. Apollo came out same day and not only fixed the problem but made it better and gave us some good advice on our system. Very reasonable and great communication. Would definitely recommend.
Don is always so helpful and knowledgeable. I really appreciate all the crew members on the Apollo team. I'm a Property Manager so typically I will have several projects for Apollo to address during a single visit. They are easy to interact with and EXCELLENT plumbers. I highly recommend Apollo.
Scott, I would like to personally thank you for expediting our plumbing crisis we recently had. If the situation was not resolved immediately we would have had to close for a couple of days. This occured on a Friday for for us a pizza restaurant this would of been devastating. Thank you so much.
STARK STREET PIZZA COMPANY
It's my absolute pleasure to recommend Karen Johnson at Apollo Plumbing Service. I have had the pleasure of taking a class taught by Karen. Her knowledge and expertise is a huge advantage to my entire office. I know if I am in a pinch I can call the office and talk to someone! Their customer service is truly amazing, and I have had compliments from customers in the past.
NEXTHOME NW REALTY
We are a Wendy's Restaurant franchisee in Vancouver, Washington and I want to personally thank Scott and his crew at Apollo for invaluable and excellent service to our restaurants over the last several years. We have used Scott's company after failing miserably with Apollo's many competitors. We tried every one before discovering the extraordinary service we enjoy from Scott and his techs.