5 Ways to Safeguard Your Pipes Against Winter

October 1, 2018 in Home, Plumbing

For home and business owners in New York, winter months can bring on immense stress due to plummeting temperatures that lead to frozen pipes. Sewer and drain systems can become extremely vulnerable in the winter months which leads to problems for New York residents. At Drain Doctor, we know how important it is to keep your family, employees, and customers safe year-round. Our team understand that specific needs of New York structures when icy temperatures hit our state.

The major problem with most pipes during winter is that they freeze and unfreeze at a rapid rate causing pipe to crack and burst. This means that your pipes experience sudden leaks and fractures, creating serious problems for your home or business.

Our goal is to provide all of our customers with tips to keep your pipe systems safe during the winter:

Insulate your pipes

Make sure all of your pipes are properly insulated. Insulation for pipes can easily be installed by Drain Doctor New York, so don’t hesitate to call us before the winter sets in and it’s a little too late for a simple repair. Insulating your pipes is a relatively easy task and our team of professionals are always courteous handling your service with professionalism and accuracy.

Ensure all pipes are leak-free and firmly sealed

A simple drain camera inspection can easily remove the problem of a leak or an unsealed pipe. In order to better prepare your pipes for winter, it’s best to get your pipes inspected and sealed before the winter months set in. This ensures they’re prepared for the additional pressure and stress that comes with freezing and unfreezing.

Let your faucets drip

Allowing water to constantly run through your pipes allows them a little less opportunity to freeze. This can be exceptionally helpful, since pipe freezing can cause them to burst when they unfreeze during the warmer parts of winter. Allowing your faucets to drip may seem costly and unnecessary, but it may save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Disconnect and shut off all water hose systems

Running water hoses can present a huge problem, as they can freeze and encourage freezing in other pipes. It’s best to disconnect them and fold them up, protecting them from the cold in an attic, basement, or under a cabinet.

Drain swimming pools and water sprinkler supply lines

Swimming pools and water sprinkler supply lines both connect to your main water line. Freezing can cause other lines to freeze, meaning your pipes become clogged by ice. Prevent this by draining these lines before temperatures drop.

If you have concerns about safeguarding your pipes before the winter months arrive, call Drain Doctor in Westchester, NY for help today!

What To Do When Your New Jersey Home Is Flooding

July 27, 2018 in Tips

According to USGS data, the underground water table levels in New Jersey can be as close to the surface as 2 feet. Shallow water tables combined with rainfall can easily produce flooding conditions around structures. Flooding can cause water to seep into New Jersey basements. Water pooling into a basement can soak into the wooden structures of the building and create grave damage.

Buildings should be set on land that is graded away and downward, allowing water running off roofs and downspouts to travel away from the structure and spread out on the surrounding land. But most often buyers are purchasing already built structures and must work with the existing landscape. Often the landscaping and grading needs some revising to best protect the building.

How Drain Doctor Can Help Residents In New Jersey With Flooding Problems
French drains, often called weeping drains, can be installed at anytime to support the need to move water away from the building. French drains consist of a ditch, tilted away from the building. A perforated pipe is laid in the ditch, which is then covered with gravel. During a very heavy rainfall, the ditch not only directs water away from the building via the angle, but also allows rapidly pooling water to seep into the perforated pipe and be quickly pulled away by gravity. The perforated pipe provides an additional way to prevent standing puddles from settling dangerously near building foundations.

When pooling water is noticed on a basement floor, a sump pump can be inserted. A small portion of the basement’s cement pad is jack hammered away to allow access to the soil underneath. Soil is removed and a basin is inserted. The pump sits inside the basin. When water begins to pool at the lowest level, the inside of the basin, the sump pump pushes the water through an exit pipe to the exterior of the building, thereby keeping the basement’s cement pad dry.

A Flood Gate Automatic Backwater Valve can also be inserted into the building’s main sewer pipeline to prevent rising flood waters in municipal water sewer systems from backing up into a structure’s toilets and drains. This valve does not require any electricity to work. The pressure of backing up water causes the gate to lift and close the pipeline. When the pressure of the floodwater recedes back out of the pipeline, the gate resets to an open position.

Rely On Drain Doctor To Keep Your NJ Home From Flooding
At Drain Doctor, we are licensed and bonded and can support you with any of these preventative measures. Our dedicated and experienced staff are ready discuss these preventative measures with you. Call us now for a consultation.

How to Keep Your Sewer Pipes Clean in Your White Plains Home

January 25, 2018 in Drain Cleaning

We use our drainage systems to make sure that other things are clean. We wash dishes, flush away waste, brush our teeth, wash our laundry, and wash our bodies and hair. With washing and cleaning all of these things, imagine what the inside of your pipes look like? They have to withstand all of those things passing through them, it’s not hard to believe that there is a lot of waste buildup that can form over time. How can you keep your sewer pipes clean? Using drain cleaners that are sold in the store do more harm than good as the chemicals are harmful to your pipes when used consistently, and snaking without a trained professional also has the potential to cause more damage. So what is the best thing to do?

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Why Trenchless Pipe Lining is the Recommended Solution for Your North Brunswick Home

December 18, 2017 in Pipes

Experiencing pipeline problems is never a fun prospect, and the mess, hassle, and cost of a major repair can be daunting. Drain Doctor can remove this stress through their range of trenchless plumbing solutions – minimally invasive processes that are completed in a fraction of the time that a traditional job would be. With multiple locations, including in North Brunswick, Drain Doctor’s highly trained professional staff are ready to solve your pipeline disasters today!

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Why Drain Cleaning Is an Important Investment

November 30, 2017 in Drain Cleaning

In an ideal world, homeowners wouldn’t have to deal with repairing the damage clumps of roots make as they grow inside a pipe, or quickly removing waste buildup before it causes corrosion and rust. But because pipe maintenance is incredibly important in preventing emergencies, a part of that preventative process is drain cleanings, conducted periodically to keep your drains clean. A worthy investment, there are many reasons that drain cleaning services are important, and by having routine cleanings, accidents can be avoided and costs can be reduced.

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Avoid Sewer Backups This Holiday Season

October 20, 2017 in Plumbing, Tips

The holiday season is fast approaching, and in the whirlwind of preparing for the hustle and bustle, the last thing on your mind is your plumbing. It’s during times like this, however, when sewer maintenance is incredibly important in preventing backups and other complications from happening before the holiday festivities.

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Drain Doctor Is Your Plumber’s Plumber

April 22, 2016 in Plumbing, Tips

After experiencing slow and very limited drainage for many years, this New Jersey resident (yes New Jersey!) had numerous plumbing companies attempt to locate and rectify his drainage problem. This client was repeatedly told that his kitchen line, which was in the back of the house, went to a septic system in the backyard. Makes sense right? However no one could locate the line in order to determine the cause of the drainage issues. After contacting his local plumber, who was aware of the Drain Doctor’s specialized abilities in this field, we were contacted.

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