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.

Avoid Sewer Backups This Holiday Season

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Drain Doctor Is Your Plumber’s Plumber

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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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April 15, 2016 in Business, Plumbing, Safety, Tips

As a Licensed Plumber, Drain Doctor has earned the Technician Seal of Safety™. This means our customers can have confidence knowing that each of our employees have been screened by a pre-employment background check and are tested for illegal drug use as permitted by law. As a member of this professional contractor organization, we are truly committed to protecting the safety of our customers and their families. We believe that our customers should minimize their risk when hiring a home services contractor, which is why going with a contractor who displays the Technician Seal of Safety™ is the right choice.

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Got Frozen Pipes?

February 25, 2016 in Pipes, Plumbing, Tips

Have you ever found yourself in the unfortunate situation of dealing with frozen pipes? It’s never fun to contend with, especially when you end up cleaning up the aftermath. At Drain Doctor, we want to help you avoid this costly and inconvenient situation. So before it gets too cold again, here are a few steps you can take to help prevent it from happening.

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