Experiencing a sewer backup is never something you want to go through as a home or business owner. Not only is sewer backup extremely messy, but it is also potentially dangerous and harmful to you and the surrounding environment. If sewage backs up onto your Portland, Gresham, Oregon property, it can mean a huge cleanup effort as well as an expensive repair bill. The best way to manage a sewer backup is to call in the professionals at the very first sign of a problem. At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning can stop the problem before it gets worse and keeps the cleanup that needs to be done to a minimum.
Most commonly, sewer backups stem from a clog somewhere within your sewer pipes. This could be a clog from a tree root, corrosion on the inside of the pipe, or even paper products building up against the inside walls of your pipe. When the pipe gets clogged, anything that is meant to go down the sewer pipe then comes back up, contaminating your Portland property. In addition, sewer backup can be caused by not staying proactive about your pipe health. Regularly scheduled drain cleaning throughout the year can prevent sewer backup from occurring within your Portland plumbing system.
When sewage comes onto your property, it is not a good situation. The water can be contaminated with a myriad of pathogens, which has the potential to harm your property or make you and your family sick. Sometimes, the water is little more than water that comes up out of your sewer pipes. This is known as white water. However, this is rarely the case. Typically, the water comes back up is full of debris. This is often called gray water. This debris is teeming with bacteria, which can make people sick if they come in contact with it. In the worst-case scenario, what comes up is known as black water. This means that the water has come into direct contact with fecal matter from inside your pipes. The bacteria levels of this are the highest, and it is the most dangerous situation out of all three.
If you are experiencing a sewer backup, the first thing to do is to try and stop the sewage from backing up into the house. Turning off any pipes or sources of water is a good start. Then, you want to leave the room and call your local drain and rooter professionals. We will get our team out to you quickly and diagnose the cause of the backup. It could be a clog, cracked pipe, a pipe that is full of tree roots, or even a pipe that has fully collapsed. Once we see what the problem is, we can work out a plan with you on how to fix the problem as quickly as possible.
If you have ever had issues with your sewer pipes in the past, then make sure to contact us today. We can help you keep an eye on your sewer pipe with regular sewer pipe inspections. At the first sign of a problem, we can come out and help. We can shut off the problem, diagnose the cause, and help you treat the problem. We know Portland sewer pipes, and we know how to help keep yours fully functional. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
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You probably have a leak somewhere. If you haven’t noticed any standing water, stained ceilings or drywall, or soggy spots, start by checking your toilets. Put a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank and wait 15 minutes (do not flush while you’re waiting!). If you see color in your tank, it is leaking and the ball and/or flapper need to be replaced. If you can’t find your leak, give us a call and we’ll figure out where all that water is going.
We recommend a septic inspection at least once every three or four years. That way, you can catch problems before they become major issues. If your septic tank gets too full, you can end up with unwanted solids, like paper, flowing into your drain field. These will eventually block the pipes there, which can be very expensive to repair.
If your garbage disposal smells, there’s likely a buildup of food debris inside it. This debris can stick to the walls and refuse to drain. Get rid of the odor by placing ice cubes or citrus peels in it and running it for 30 seconds. Keep it running and squirt a generous helping of liquid dishwasher detergent into it. Finally, run cold water down the disposal for at least 30 seconds to wash any loosened debris away. If this doesn’t make your kitchen smell better, call us for further help.
Avoid frozen pipes this winter by taking a few easy steps. Turn off your outside faucets and remove any hoses that are connected in them, allowing any water still in the pipes to drain out. Further waterproof your pipes with a kit or supplies from your local hardware store. Follow directions on the supplies to wrap and insulate your pipes this winter. If you have a sprinkler system, get it drained and blown out before the ground freezes.
That white substance is mineral buildup and it may indicate that you have hard water. To remove it, pour a cup of vinegar into a bag. Tie the bag tightly around the faucet, so the mineral deposits are soaking in the vinegar. Leave it on overnight. In the morning, use a brush to scrape away the mineral deposits. If you can remove your sink aerators or your shower head, do so and simply soak them in vinegar overnight.
You may need to experiment to find out where you want to set the temperature on your hot water heater so you have enough hot water for your family’s needs but can save as much money as possible. Most people find that 120 degrees is the best setting for them. In fact, this is the standard that manufacturers use when they preset water heaters at the factory. If you can’t set yours to a particular temperature, start somewhere in the middle and work up or down from there.
Apollo jetted the basement drain line in our old 1927 Portland house. The line has been backing up thru the floor drain for a while. The technician cleared out the line with the hydro-jet, and it’s running great now. On-time and professional!"
- Tim T., Google Review
Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning was on time, professional, and very knowledgeable. He took the time to inspect our rain drain to our dry well and do everything he could to alleviate the issue. I would highly recommend Apollo, they were informative and straight forward. Honesty is obviously a value they uphold for their customers."
- Forrest W., Google Review
I can’t begin to tell you how pleased we were with the service we received today from Anthony. He was incredibly personable and friendly. He went above and beyond and made the service call painless. Anthony took care of our clogged train in no time. Apollo and Anthony are the best! We highly recommend them."
- Jennifer T., Google Review