Most sewer line repair calls involve invasive tree roots. Roots can infiltrate a damaged sewer line and cause backups, catastrophic clogs, and recurring problems. However, most issues with tree roots and sewer lines can be prevented. Tree roots cannot penetrate sewer lines; there has to be a leak in order for this particular problem to occur.
The best way to prevent problems with roots and your sewer line is to have regular inspections by your plumber, and to consider replacing an aged sewer line that could leak or have the potential to do so in the near-future. Even a minor leak in your sewer line could lead to a catastrophic root invasion.
How Root Problems Start
Older sewer lines made of clay or metals that have corroded will react to shifting soils. Over time, they can develop hairline cracks or small leaks. Trees are always on the lookout for water and nutrients. Their root systems will quickly detect a ready source from a leaking sewer pipe. A sewer line with multiple leaks could be penetrated in different areas by the same tree. Multiple trees on your property with notorious “seeker roots” will jump on the chance to obtain a steady source of water and sustenance from a leaking sewer line.
Why Root Infiltration Happens
Once a seeker root has found a hole in your sewer line, it’s only a matter of time until a clog develops. Seeker roots tend to be very tiny, and they only need the smallest opening in the sewer line to enter. When a seeker root matures inside the sewer, it produces extra roots rapidly, which grow very thick and eventually will clog the line.
Symptoms of Root Infiltration
Common signs of tree root infiltration include slow draining or what appear to be clogs in your toilet on a frequent basis. These are in fact symptoms of the slowly building clog in your sewer line itself. Without quick treatment, tree roots can cause your entire sewer to back up, and may even necessitate replacement.
Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical can give your sewer line a thorough video inspection to identify root problems. We can repair the line and keep it safe from recurring tree root problems. Call us today at (206) 452-4363 to learn more.
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Traditional water heaters have tanks that hold a large volume of water at a constant temperature. When you aren’t using any hot water, these heaters are still consuming energy, because the burner or electric coil has to switch on at regular intervals to keep the water in the tank hot and ready for use.
A tankless water heater saves energy because the heating element is only switched on when you turn on a hot water tap. Tankless water heaters quickly and efficiently heat water when you need it and don’t consume extra energy when your sinks and showers are off.
Call Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical today at (206) 452-4363 to find out how a tankless water heater can save you money. We are also available 24 hours a day to tend to any plumbing emergencies you might experience.
Thanks to Jessie at Beacon Plumbing for fixing my outside water line. He was there within 30 minutes of my call, dug a trench to find my leak, and replaced the line, all in just a few hours...on a Sunday afternoon.
Restaurant owners work hard to give their customers high-quality food expertly prepared from the freshest ingredients, but hard water can spoil the taste of even the most gourmet meal. While pitcher filters work fine for home use, using a commercial water filtration system in a restaurant setting is more economical and cost effective. When you hire a plumber to install a filtration system for your restaurant, these are a few of the benefits you’ll enjoy:
Fresher Tap Water
Your customers want to enjoy a clean, fresh-tasting glass of water, but many no longer want to pay for bottled water. Tap water, however, often has an off-taste, which may result from impurities in the municipal supply or old plumbing in your building. A commercial water filtration system ensures that your tap water is clean, safe to drink, and tastes pure and fresh.
The dissolved minerals in your town’s water supply not only affect the taste of a glass of water, but also the taste of your food. If you use unfiltered water to make stocks and soups or boil pasta, all the hard work you put into your dishes might go to waste, because hard water can lend an off-taste to even the most lovingly prepared food. Using filtered water in all cooking applications will ensure that the flavors of your ingredients and recipes shine through.
Reduced Risk of Health Issues
Filtration and purification can also remove harmful microbes from your water supply. If just one customer gets sick from the water in your restaurant, your entire business will suffer. You may fail your health inspection and even be forced to close. To protect the safety of your patrons and your business, invest in a water filtration system.
Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical provides complete commercial plumbing services for many businesses, including restaurants. Call us today at (206) 452-4363 and we can discuss water filtration options for your Seattle-area restaurant.