My Drain Company Blog : Archive for April, 2015

What Is Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Replacing a damaged sewer line was once one of the most difficult of all residential plumbing jobs to perform. It required large excavations using power digging equipment, took a few days to complete, and left lawns and gardens looking like archaeological digs. And this is still the way that many sewer line replacements are done. However, better methods have come along to do this job, such as trenchless sewer line replacement. Thanks to trenchless technology, a sewer line replacement job can be completed faster and cleaner and at less expense.

It you need to have your sewer line replaced in Glendale, CA or other parts of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, call My Drain Company. We offer trenchless sewer line replacement that will solve your problems quickly.

How trenchless sewer line replacement works

The development of trenchless technology emerged out of lateral digging techniques originally used for mining, and which later became an important part of civil engineering to lay pipes and electrical cables in cities without disrupting the streets. Trenchless technology uses hydraulics to draw replacement pipeliners through older pipes, then expands the pipeliner to shatter the aging and damaged pipes and replace them with the liner.

The process only requires digging only one or two small holes. For most sewer line replacement jobs, the technicians only need to dig a hole outside near where the sewer line exits the property and connects to the municipal line. From inside the home, the technicians insert the new pipeliner into the spot where the sewer line leaves the house. A hydraulic device attached to the other end of the sewer line then draws the pipeliner through and sets it into place. The last stage involves drawing a “pipe burster” through the pipeline, a device that expands the lining and bursts the outside pipe so the new pipe takes its place. The technicians finish the job by filling in the single hole and re-landscaping it.

And that’s all it takes. The process requires only a few hours of time and leaves the property virtually untouched.

If it’s time to replace your sewer line, you don’t have to make it into a nightmare for your home. Just call on a company that handles trenchless sewer line replacement, like My Drain Company, and let them do the job fast and right.

Why Call on Professionals for Your Commercial Plumbing Repairs

Monday, April 20th, 2015

There are very few businesses that don’t rely on a plumbing system in some way. Running water and waste removal are essential parts of keeping a company running smoothly and employees, clients, customers, tenants, etc. content and safe. If something goes wrong with the plumbing at your company, such as leaking pipes, clogged toilets, or a loss of water pressure, you need to call on professional plumbers with commercial experience right away. (more…)

Do I Really Need Storm Drainage in Glendale?

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Storm drainage systems are a basic part of many properties. These additional drains—such as trap drains, gutters, downspouts, and storm sewers—remove standing water from the property and carry it down to the municipal drain that removes it into the sewer system. This keeps flooding and standing water from damaging the property.


The Dangers of F.O.G. (Fat, Oil, Grease) and Your Kitchen Drains

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Drain cleaning is a service that you should have done on a regular basis for your kitchen. Professionals will use a variety of high-end equipment, such as motorized drain snakes and hydro-jetters, to thoroughly cleanse the drains in the kitchen of built-up food particles. This will help keep your kitchen efficient and avoid trouble from slow drains and full clogs in the future.

For professionals drain cleaning in Glendale, CA, call My Drain Company Inc. We offer 24-hour emergency service for times when you have surprise clogs or other urgent plumbing repair needs.

Aside from arranging for routine drain cleaning from experienced plumbers, there are some important steps you can take to see that your drains stay in the best shape possible, for as long as possible. One of these is to avoid pouring F.O.G. down any of your kitchen drains.

Wait… what is F.O.G.?

The initials F.O.G. stand for “fat, oil, and grease.” These products of cooking, food preparation, and clean-up are one of the worst enemies your drains pipes and sewer lines have. Restaurants and other food service companies use special grease traps to prevent these substances from harming the plumbing and the sewer system, but residential kitchens usually aren’t equipped with these appliances, so you will have to take care that you keep F.O.G. out of your drains in the first place.

The reason that fat, oil, and grease are so problematic for a home’s plumbing is that in their hot, liquid form they appear harmless and often get poured down the drain or the garbage disposal without thought. They can infiltrate a long way down into the pipes before they cool down and start to transform from liquids into waxy solids. This is when they begin to create trouble.

Solid F.O.G. will coat the inside of drainpipes, significantly reducing the volume available for waste water. This will make it easier for clogs to up, and much harder to remove them. If F.O.G. gets into the garbage disposal, it will eventually jam up the flywheel and other mechanical components, requiring that the system receive repairs.

The best way to deal with liquid fat, oil, and grease is to pour it out into a separate receptacle that you remove to the regular trash. Clean off excess F.O.G. from plates with a paper towel and put the towel in the trash. If you do start to encounter problems due to fat, oil, and grease in your kitchen drains, call for a professional plumber to use hydro-jetting to cleanse it out.

My Drain Company Inc offers excellent drain cleaning service, and we will take care of any major clogs you may encounter. We have provided high quality kitchen plumbing services with the best equipment for over 15 years.

Common Signs that You Need Plumbing Repair

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Plumbing systems are different from other home utilities in many ways, not least of which in the problems that they can develop. When something goes wrong with your furnace or air conditioner, it’s pretty easy to tell. Either the system starts acting strangely, making odd noises, or stops working altogether. While there are a few problems that can cause similar symptoms in plumbing systems (pipe ruptures, for example) most plumbing issues are much more subtle. This can become problematic at times, as most homeowners won’t be able to identify issues with their plumbing before they cause quite a bit of damage. Let’s take a look at some of the common signs that you need plumbing repair, so that you can react faster and mitigate the damage.

Loss of Water Pressure

If you open the tap and no water comes out, you don’t have a plumbing problem, you have a plumbing emergency. It is very likely that a pipe has burst somewhere in your plumbing system, which means you’ll need to get it addressed right away if you want to save your home from severe water damage. In most cases, however, things are not so dire. A leak in one of your plumbing pipes won’t lead to a complete loss of water flow, but it will decrease the water pressure if it is large enough. So, if you happen to notice that your water pressure is decreasing, you should have your plumbing checked.

Discolored Water

Modern copper plumbing is all but invulnerable to rust, which is why it is used in most new houses. However, in older houses iron pipes are still quite common. Iron can last for many years, but it almost inevitably rusts away in the end. If you’re living in an older house, and you notice brown or red water coming out of your tap, it’s a sign that there is advanced rust somewhere in your plumbing system. If you don’t have the pipe that’s rusting replaced, it could burst.

If you suspect that you may need plumbing repair, call My Drain Company. We provide professional plumbing services in the Chatsworth area.