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How Do I Know I Have a Slab Leak?

October 26th, 2015

Slab leaks are one of the more significant problems that can afflict the plumbing in a home. These are leaks that occur down in a house’s foundation, usually under a few layers of concrete in either the hot or cold water lines. (80% of slab leaks happen in the hot water lines.) Slab leaks will not only create immense water waste, they can also cause damage to the house and even lead to flooding down in subfloors and crawlspaces. If you believe that your home has a slab leak, you must call for repairs from professionals as soon as you can.

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4 Reasons Your Sump Pump May Stop Working

September 28th, 2015

Southern California may be due for some heavy rains in the coming fall and winter months. Although this is good news for helping to alleviate our drought, it can be bad news for homes that are prone to flooding. A sump pump is good installation to have put in the crawlspace or subfloor of your house to prevent water damage and the build-up of moisture that can lead to problems from increased humidity and mold and mildew growth. Even if the massive rainfall doesn’t arrive, your home could always suffer from a plumbing accident that sends water gushing into the subfloor. Continue Reading

Reasons You Should Have Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement

August 31st, 2015

For many decades, there was one standard way to have a home’s sewer line replaced: bringing in heavy digging equipment, excavating a trench across the property to access the pipe, lifting out the pipe, then placing down a new pipe and covering it over. This method is still used all over the country—but it isn’t the only option any more. Trenchless technology is now available to do the job using lateral boring techniques that inserts a reliner into the sewer pipe, then expand it to shatter the outside pipe and replace it with the reliner. Continue Reading

Why Regular Drain Cleaning Is Good for Your Plumbing

August 3rd, 2015

When a serious clog blocks a kitchen or bathroom drain in your house—a clog that a standard plunger can’t remove—you will need to call on plumbing professionals right away for the necessary drain cleaning using motorized drain snakes and hydro-jetters. There is no better way to assure that you’ll have your drain cleared out without causing serious damage to the plumbing or a rapid return of the clog. Continue Reading

The Best Plumbing Advice You’re Probably Not Taking

July 6th, 2015

There is plenty of excellent advice out there regarding how to take better care of the plumbing in your house so that you won’t run into major repair emergencies or the need to replace pipes and appliances early. Some examples: lists of various substances that you should never let go down the drains, or how to see that the garbage disposal doesn’t jam up. Continue Reading

Why You Should Call Professionals for Gas Piping Installation

June 8th, 2015

Plumbing and pipes in a home are not restricted just to water. Gas pipes serve an important role in any house that makes use of natural gas to run a number of its appliance. It takes experienced technicians to provide installation and repair work for gas lines: not only will the professionals see that the job is done correctly, they will also make certain that it is done safely to avoid possible problems from gas leaks. Continue Reading

Materials Professional Plumbers Use for Repiping

May 11th, 2015

Sometimes basic repairs for pipes aren’t enough to solve a major plumbing issue. You will need to have the plumbers replace the pipes entirely. In the case of many older homes, a complete replacement of all the pipes is necessary to stop a barrage of plumbing repairs and inefficient performance.

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Things You Should Never Pour Down the Drain

May 4th, 2015

We often rely on our kitchen and bathroom sinks to dispose of unwanted food particles and other bits of garbage. Garbage disposal units are designed to grind up organic waste matter and after a time, we come to rely on them for getting rid of all kinds of organic detritus. But before you dump another piece of food down the drain, stop and consider the damage you may be causing.

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What Is Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement?

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

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. Continue Reading