If the blockage is left too long, it can cause serious damage to your plumbing system and home. Clogs may lead to cracks and leaks, or even a burst pipe and significant water damage. Not to mention, blockages are often very smelly and unpleasant.
However, clogs aren't the only reason you may need Long Island drain repairs. There are numerous other issues that can harm pipes, including age, construction material, soil erosion, and more. In fact, a common culprit of drain damage is tree roots.
When disaster strikes and your drains are down for the count, you can rely on the expert drain repair services available from the pros at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Long Island. Our highly experienced team has the tools, skills, and experience to handle all kinds of plumbing problems—from providing thorough cleaning services to trenchless pipe repairs. When you need a Long Island plumber, trust our professional team.
Effective Drain Repair in Long Island, NY
The process of keeping your home sanitary through efficiently emptying waste and dirty water into the municipal sewer system is integral to your health and happiness. When there's an issue with that process, it's easy to feel stressed, annoyed, and worried. Our professional plumbers are here to alleviate those fears.
Each of our skilled plumbers is properly licensed and insured. Also, our team has decades of experience in providing a range of plumbing solutions to clients throughout Long Island. Not only do we have the skills needed to tackle Long Island drain repairs, but we are also equipped with the necessary tools and equipment. Notably, we use cutting-edge drain repair technology that limits the amount of disruption to your daily life that may occur while we work.
Video Camera Inspection
Using a small camera attached to a wire, your expert Long Island plumber will be able to get an up-close-and-personal look at your plumbing system. While this tool can be used to recover lost items that have fallen down the sink, it's also very helpful for pinpointing leaks and pipe damage within walls and under floors—without damaging your home.
Trenchless Sewer Line Repair
In the past, drain repair could be a seriously inconvenient process. It often involved digging up yards, basements, and foundations to access lines underground. However, these days plumbers use advanced, non-invasive technology to rapidly repair drains without creating a major headache for Long Island homeowners. There are two trenchless pipe repair methods our plumbing team can employ:
If your main drain line has hairline cracks, is starting to corrode, or is made out of a material susceptible to damage—such as cast iron pipes in older Long Island homes—pipe relining is an excellent option to give your plumbing system a new lease-on-life non-invasively. Essentially, this process is fairly straightforward. First, we'll clean out the line to ensure there is no other damage and to ready it for the lining. Then, we'll apply the lining, which will harden in a few hours.
Burst Pipe Hydraulic Replacement
If your sewer pipe is severely damaged, pipe relining is not an option. Rather, we may need to pull a new sewer pipe through the old one. This is a process often referred to as pipe bursting. Using hydraulics, we'll break apart the old pipe and replace it with a new one—without having to dig up your yard or foundation.
Trenchless Pipe Repair Helps With:
- Damaged underground pipes, especially beneath landscaping, homes, or commercial properties
- Blocked lines that have burst because of roots or household debris
- Improperly installed pipes that lead to constant sewer back-ups and leaks
- Cracked water lines due to erosion or underground vibrations from nearby construction
- Burst or damaged pipes from freezing and thawing cycles
- Installation of larger water lines to your property
Hydroscrub® Jetting and Routine Inspections
Hands down, the best way to prevent needing drain repairs is with routine plumbing inspections from the pros at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Long Island. A combination of annual inspections and Long Island drain cleaning appointments prevent clogs from forming, reduce the chance of corrosion, and prevent plumbing emergencies.
At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Long Island, we use advanced drain cleaning technology to revitalize your pipe's efficiency and improve the system's longevity: Hydroscrub® Jetting. This tool uses an incredibly high-pressured stream of water, 3,500 psi (pounds per square inch) to be exact, to blast away even the most stubborn debris. To put that into perspective, the average faucet is about 60 psi.
We never use harsh chemical cleaners, which are very harmful to your health, plumbing systems, and the environment, but when paired with an enzymatic drain cleaner, Hydroscrub® Jetting has the power to return your pipes to like-new condition.
The entire drain cleaning process takes about one hour to complete. However, our diligent team will also complete a thorough plumbing inspection of all your system's visible areas. This process also takes around one hour to complete.
Frequently Asked Questions about Long Island Drain Repair
Do you want to know more about Long Island drain repair? Whether you think there is a problem with your plumbing system, or you're curious to learn more about our company, we're happy to chat. Our team of customer service representatives is just a phone call away. We've also answered some commonly asked Long Island drain repair questions below:
Why Do I Need Drain Repairs?
Whether a clog in your kitchen sink is making the pipe leak, or your sewer line has broken, there are many reasons why Long Island homeowners need drain repairs. While it's difficult to narrow down the cause without looking at your particular system, here are a number of common causes of plumbing problems:
Fat, Oil and Grease
Known in the industry as FOG, these three fat-based materials are the leading cause of Long Island drain repairs. Why? Fats are liquid when hot—such as while you're cooking—and all too often homeowners pour liquid fats down the drain while cleaning up after making a meal. A common culprit that comes to mind is bacon grease. Fat, oil, and grease should never go down the drain. Although liquid at room temperature, FOG solidifies when cool. Also, oil is not water-soluble. It clings to your pipes, rather than flushing down. Over time, they accumulate into thick clogs and cause all kinds of problems.
FOG is not the only material that should never go down the sink. Food scraps all too often make their way into your plumbing system when they should be safely thrown out in the compost. In particular, items like egg shells, coffee grinds, rice, pasta, and fibrous vegetables tend to get stuck easily in drains—especially if sticky FOG has already set up shop.
Flushing Items Down the Toilet
The only materials that should go down the toilet are toilet paper and waste. Other debris should be disposed of properly in the garbage. This even includes so-called “flushable” wipes and feminine hygiene products. When items that are not toilet paper and waste get into the toilet, they can block the system at multiple intervals. For instance, a toy may get stuck high up in the pipe and need an auger or plumbing snake to fish it out. Alternatively, years of wipes, diapers, cotton pads, and dental floss can get stuck further down the pipe, causing issues with the sewage line.
Hair and Soap
The only real way to prevent hair from getting stuck in your shower drain is with a mesh trap. Otherwise, this type of blockage is fairly inevitable. Soap scum can also leave behind a sticky residue, which only adds to the debris in your lines.
Drawn to the water within your system, tree roots will attempt to reach it through either wrapping around the line, slowly crushing it, or infiltrating through even the smallest cracks. Tree roots are far-reaching, so even though you may not have trees growing next to your sewer line, they may have gotten into your yard from somewhere else. Once tree roots are in your pipe system, they can be dislodged through powerful cleaning tools like Hydroscrub® Jetting. Unfortunately, once tree roots have gotten into your plumbing system, it's likely they will again without Long Island drain repair service.
How Do You Fix a Drain Without Digging?
Our expert plumbers use two trenchless methods to repair damaged drains without digging up your yard, basement, or foundation. Both pipe relining and pipe bursting can efficiently repair the damage, so your drainage system can operate smoothly once more.
How Do You Know If You Have a Damaged Line?
Since so much of your Long Island home's plumbing system is hidden beneath floors, walls, and the ground, it can be challenging knowing when a drain has collapsed. However, there are a few tell-tale signs that savvy homeowners should be aware of:
- Water stains on floors and walls
- Slow to empty sinks, tubs, and showers
- Standing water
- Sewage back-ups
- Cracks and structural damage on floors and walls
- Sewage smell/rotten egg smell
- Green lawn patches and sinkholes
Can I Claim Drain Repairs on Insurance?
If you have a collapsed or broken line, it's best to talk to your insurance company about coverage options. However, generally, plumbing problems that are considered preventable through routine maintenance are not covered under home insurance. Whereas issues that are sudden sometimes are—depending on your coverage plan.
Who is Responsible for the Lines on Your Property?
The property owner is responsible for all the plumbing included in both their building and on the grounds. If you're a homeowner, this means you're responsible. If you're a property owner, say you own an apartment building, it's up to you to promptly solve plumbing problems on behalf of your tenants. However, condos are usually a combination of the two. Usually, condo owners are responsible for the plumbing within their unit, whereas the condo board handles pipes in other parts of the building and grounds. When there is a problem with your municipal sewage line, that's up to the city or town to solve.
How Do I Prevent Clogs?
The best way to prevent clogs, and subsequent repairs, is through routine cleaning and maintenance provided by the expert team at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Long Island. However, in the meantime, homeowners can prevent clogs by treating their plumbing systems respectfully. Never put the following items down sinks, showers, and toilets:
- Fat, oil, grease
- Coffee grinds
- Fibrous vegetables, like celery
- Paper towel
- Dental floss
- Feminine hygiene products
- Cotton balls
How Much Does Long Island Drain Repair Cost?
Drain repairs in Long Island vary significantly based on what the problem is, which makes it a challenge for plumbers to provide an accurate quote without learning more. If you need drain repairs, it's best to reach out to our expert team. We value transparency, and upon learning more about the issue at hand, can provide you with a realistic quote.
Choose Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Long Island for Your Drain Repair Needs!
At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Long Island, we offer comprehensive Long Island drain repair solutions while always prioritizing excellent customer service. In fact, we've helped numerous homeowners throughout Long Island by providing exceptional plumbing services—including in Centereach and Lake Ronkonkoma.
To book one of our expert plumbers today, or to learn more about our full range of services, we invite you to give us a call. We can be reached between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday to Sunday.