When Is It Time to Replace Drains and Sewer Lines?

Monday, August 5th, 2019

broken-sewer-pipeNo pipes in your home are invulnerable—certainly not to time! No matter the material the pipes are made from, they will eventually wear down and develop leaks or start to corrode. Although it’s important to discover when any pipes in your house need to be replaced, it’s especially important to find out as early as possible when you have drains or a sewer line that has to be replaced. A busted drain or sewer line can bring life in your house to a halt and create unhygienic and downright unpleasant conditions.

Let’s take a closer look at when you should replace drains and sewer lines. If you need any help with the choice, call a professional plumber in Surprise, AZ to take a close look at the pipes. A plumber can give you the best advice and schedule the service as soon as possible. (more…)

Signs You Need Drain Repair Services

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Drain repairs are not something that a lot of homeowners really want to think about, and who could blame them? Anything related to drain or sewer repair is likely to be messy, smelly, and generally unpleasant. While that may be true, putting off the problem is only going to compound it when you finally do get around to dealing with it. The sooner you recognize the need for drain repair services, the easier (and often cheaper) it will be to fix the problem. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you need drain repair services.

Slow Drainage

The most obvious sign of a drainage issue is that the water simply doesn’t drain at all. That’s normally the point at which people call a plumber. However, before that happens there is a period of time where the drain will gradually start to drain more and more slowly. This is caused by a steady buildup of material in the pipe, usually starting on the walls of the pipe and building towards the center. If you notice that your water is draining more slowly, you should call a plumber before the drain has had a chance to become completely clogged.


Discolored or bad-smelling water coming up from your drain is called backflow. It is caused by a failure further down in your plumbing. Sudden changes in water pressure can cause the flow of water through a system to reverse, leading to sewer water flowing back up your drain. Most homes have a sewer backflow valve installed to prevent this. If backflow still occurs, it probably means that the valve is failing to close. You’ll need to have a plumber examine your system to be sure.

Bad Smells

Another problem caused by a malfunctioning sewer valve is the release of bad smells. If the valve fails to close, it can allow sewer gas to float up through the drain and into the home just as easily as backflow. If you notice bad smells coming from your drain, you should call a plumber to address the problem.

If you think your drains need repair services, make an appointment with The Trusted Plumber today. We provide drain repair services throughout Scottsdale, AZ.

Reasons Your Drains May Smell Bad

Friday, January 30th, 2015

No homeowner wants to think about stinky drains, but the simple truth is that it happens. Your drains remove a wide variety of items and materials, and if there is enough build-up on the inside of the piping, you may end up with a stinky drain. There are a few reasons why drains can become odoriferous, as we’ll outline below, and some may require drain repair. DIY plumbing is never a good idea unless you really know what you are doing so if you are in need of plumbing repair, call the experts at The Trusted Plumber in Phoenix today.

Causes of Odors

Here are some of the ways your drains can become odoriferous:

Trapped FOG

FOG (fats, oils and grease) can make for some very smelly build-up. Not only is the FOG itself an odor generator, there are almost always food particles trapped in it, and as these particles spoil, they, too, can release an odor. FOG should never be put down your drains, even if you have a garbage disposal. Instead, remove all FOG by first dumping it into a used tin can and then disposing the can with your regular trash.

Hydrogen Sulfide Gas

Hydrogen sulfide gas is the fancy way of describing the rotten egg smell that can develop in water from excess sulfide gas. While this problem emanates from your water, and very often from your hot water heater, it can cause your drains to smell until the problem is resolved. There are a few causes of “rotten egg smell” and it’s best to have an expert determine and remediate the cause.

Problems with Septic or Sewer

Sometimes leaks in your septic or sewer line can cause your drains to smell. This can be a fairly serious situation as it can indicate a backflow issue or other problem with your home’s main sewer or septic line.

Trapped Food

Food particles can get stuck inside your drain and spoil, causing a foul odor. Rinsing your drain once a week with baking soda and white vinegar can help remove these particles and flush them out of your system.

Foul odors from your plumbing system can be an indication that a problem exists, so it’s best not to ignore it. The experts at The Trusted Plumber offer professional drain repair service in the Phoenix area. Call us today to schedule an appointment with us!