There has been an abundance of rain in the northeast from April to June this year. These periods of extended rain have caused problems for homeowners and business owners, and some of these problems, like clogged pipes, can lead to lasting damage.

What can clog pipes inside your home?

Different things can clog the different sinks in your home. Many times, hair, nails, soap scum, and other debris can clog the sink drain vessel’s basket and make water slowly drain from your bathroom sink. Similarly, the build-up of food, grease, or other substances can make the water drain slowly from the sink in your kitchen.

The same goes for tubs and toilets. When items fall into toilets and are accidentally flushed, sometimes they can make it pretty far into the pipes,  causing problems for home and business owners alike. With the rise of “flushable” wipes, plumbing professionals have seen an increase in toilet backups.

What to do if you have a clogged pipe inside your home?

Using a camera for pipes allows plumbing professionals to troubleshoot clogged pipes. It lets them see what they would not be able to see otherwise so they can quickly fix the issue. Performing a video pipe inspection can rule out any guesswork, which can save time and money.

What can clog pipes outside your home?

It’s no secret that outdoor drains have more variables to contend with than inside pipes do. Tree roots, for instance, know no boundaries, and they have the force to grow right through pipes, which causes major problems when outdoor drains attempt to carry water to the sewer.

Sometimes, debris falls from trees and lands on the roof.  Rainwater can then carry that debris right from the roof into the gutters. Once it travels down the gutter and finds the downspout, it will head south and travel underground.

What to do if you have a clogged pipe outside your home?

Depending on the number of leaves, dirt, sand, small twigs, and tree nuts, there’s a good chance a stoppage can happen where you won’t see it. This is where a sewer camera inspection comes in handy.

Not all drain camera services are the same. 

Using a camera for pipes is a sure way to see what you would not be able to see on your own, but you should make sure that the company performing this service for you has experience with drain cameras.

It’s also helpful if they own the equipment needed for the project,  instead of renting it to come to your home or office to do the work. Lastly, find a drain-clearing company, such as a plumber who is licensed and insured for your peace of mind.

Flotechs is a licensed and insured plumbing company in Yonkers that performs emergency sewer camera services as well as drain camera services during regular business hours. You can contact us at 914 207-9801 or 1844-FLOTECH (for emergencies).