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What is a Drain Snake?

Marcin from ExpressRooter, the official contractor for Mike Holmes, is here to address some of the common questions that many homeowners ask. What is a Drain Snake? A drain snake is equipment that plumbers use to provide maintenance and to clear debris of any…

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Do You Know Where Your Water Shut-Off Valve is?

Many homeowners think that if something goes wrong with any of our home’s plumbing, we can simply call a plumber. While this might be true for many repairs, including emergencies, this is not the case with your water shut-off valve. You and your family members need to know where the water shut-off valve is and how to turn it off. Here’s why, and how, to turn it off.

The Damage Water Can Do

Over time, water in your home can cause considerable damage. The longer the water is running and collecting in your home, the worse the damage will be. You need to know where your shut-off valve is and stop the water from pouring into your home as quickly as you can.

Signs that you have leaking water include water pockets in the paint on the walls, or flaking and peeling paint. Additional signs can include mold, or unusual levels of moisture in your home. For a more serious issue, like a damaged pipe, you might actually see the water running. With water pooling on the floor, it will put both your flooring and walls at risk of excessive damage. 

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How to Prevent Tree Roots in Your Sewer Pipes

Tree roots can make their way into your sewer lines through loose joints and cracks. This actually is a common problem in old homes that have clay, cast iron, or asphalt composite piping. Tree roots in sewer pipes can mean an expensive repair. Getting rid of the blockage will cost you thousands, and this blockage will cause several plumbing issues in your home.

Thankfully, there are ways to prevent this from occurring. Here are some pre-emptive measures that you can take to prevent tree roots from inhibiting sewage flow and causing broken pipes and blockages.

Locate the Sewer Line

Get in touch with the local public works department to find out where your sewage line is located. In fact, this is something you should do before you landscape your garden, as it will give you an idea about pipes, lines, and cables under the ground.

Once you know the location of the sewer pipes, you will be able to take measures to prevent roots from creating havoc.

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