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What a great summer. Wonderful times with family and friends, vacations, and travel, plus all the great things you did around the house. Usually the summer is not a time when we think much about our property’s drains and plumbing. With the change of seasons, and before winter hits, is a good time to double check your drains and plumbing before the real cold arrives.
Your Ithaca area plumber, The Drain Brain, is an expert and professionally operated business that works with home and business owners throughout the area. Your property is important to them and you as a customer will always receive prompt and courteous care no matter how small or large the problem may be.
After a summer of fairly heavy use, your plumbing system and drains may have taken a bit of a beating. A lot of debris can be caught in the drains of tubs and sinks. Being sure to limit the amount of non biodegradable debris that is washed down the drains is your first course of action. But things happen, and drains get clogged. Simple hair clogs can be cleaned out and should be done regularly to prevent excessive clogs requiring you to obtain plumbing services in Ithaca.
Drains that are clogged (or beginning to be obstructed) will show signs of slowing down. You may be finding that the tub is not draining as quickly as it used to, that sink water gurgles and sputters, and you might even be seeing some back flush into the sink or tub is a more serious clog has formed.
Avoid using chemicals and drain cleaners should you determine a clog is forming. Not only can some drain products damage pipes and septic system bacteria, but the danger of this extremely caustic product could cause personal injury to yourself.
The Ithaca plumber is available to come out to your home or business to assess the current situation and professionally clean out the clog and pipes prevented a repeat of the situation or worse. The Drain Brain finds many homeowners tend to wait too long to have clogged drains cleaned, thus putting their entire plumbing system at risk.
Failure to remove drain clogs in time (when they first appear) can cause an excessive amount of interior damage to your home. Don’t wait until this happened to obtain plumbing services in Ithaca. The Drain Brain is a professional company who knows exactly how to totally clear out clogs that could become potential disasters. Knowing that your plumbing system is working optimally is one way to have peace of mind about your property and its system.
That slow draining tub is just a symptom of what can be a much larger problem. Many homes are on septic systems and the slow draining could be a sign the septic is full, needs pumping, or simply that a clog is forming in one of the interior pipes.
Unless you are a professional plumber, your best course of action is to obtain plumbing services in Ithaca to immediately evaluate the situation, clear it up and give you recommendations on how to prevent such issues in the future.
The Drain Brain welcomes you questions and are happy to provide you with excellent service and response time. They know the importance of correcting small problems before they become larger ones. The resultant damage from letting a clogged drain get worse can be devastating and take much longer to fix. Don’t delay in reaching out for assistance no matter how small you think the issue may be.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter….seasons change but your septic system is always there for you. Right? Not if you don’t pay attention to changes within your home plumbing systems. Your Ithaca plumber, The Drain Brain, reminds you that septic systems can fail at anytime of the year. They are your septic system experts in the Ithaca area, and have some tips for you.
Problems in your septic can occur at any time of the year. Sometimes the extra stress on the system from summer activities and higher levels of water usage (and laundry activities), can cause your septic to experience some problems.
Septic services in Ithaca can evaluate any changes that you notice like slow draining, water backing up into the toilets or sinks, and gurgling sounds that should make you a bit anxious to determine their cause.
Any of the above symptoms may mean that you have a clog in your plumbing or that your septic system is not managing and working properly. Your Ithaca plumber is ready to come out to your home and diagnose the problem before it becomes an emergency. Many homeowners disregard the early symptoms thinking they will resolve themselves. Rarely is this the case.
Plumbing issues with early warning signs are worth paying attention to. Calling The Drain Brain immediately for evaluation will save you money in the long run. Failing to ascertain the reasons for the sluggish draining or water back up can lead to a total septic system shut down. If the septic fails, the resultant back up of contaminated water into your home is a high likelihood.
The damage that can occur within your home may well be catastrophic for your personal belongings, structural safety, and will damage sheetrock and carpeting. If not cleaned properly, water damage can then result in mold growth which in itself is a dangerous situation for the safety of your family.
Ithaca septic services are a year round need by many homeowners. Keeping a good eye on any changes within your home is your best bet to circumvent and resolve potential damage to your home.
Septic units work great when they are working well. You tend to forget them and assume they will always be there working away and providing the removal of waste water. Then they slow down…toilets won’t flush, sinks won’t drain, there is a foul odor coming into the home…and eventually if not taken care of will bring contaminated water and sewage into your property.
The minute you notice any changes in your plumbing, call your Ithaca plumber to come out and evaluate. Remember that small indications can go unnoticed…or disregarded. Slow running drains, odors, back up into sinks and tubs are all emergent notice of potential issues.
Ithaca plumbing services know how to diagnose the issue and provide prompt services to eradicate the offending problem BEFORE disaster strikes.
Make use of The Drain Brain as your Ithaca septic services expert. Their knowledge, expertise and professionalism will leave you feeling relieved and protect you from unnecessary damage and higher costs. Emergency services are provided 24/7 should the inevitable happen due to a septic system failure.
Paying attention to your home’s behavior will help you to avert larger issues that can become disastrous. Home insurance typically does not pay for damage resulting from plumbing issues or back up of water through the septic system. Do not assume you are covered for such a situation unless you have specifically obtained insurance for water backup. It doesn’t happen often, but it will happen at some point that you will need the expert assistance of an Ithaca septic systems professional.
The Drain Brain is ready when you are. Give them a call to discuss any plumbing concerns you may have and utilize their knowledge and experience to protect you, your family and your home.
It happens. Your yard smells like a septic system but you don’t know why. Septic odors caused by seeping gas can not only be frustrating, but dangerous. Septic system odor is one of the leading causes of calls to septic services in Ithaca.
If you’ve ever been down wind of a septic pumper truck, you know the smell that permeates the air. When this odor invades your home or yard, there can be several reasons that are relatively simple to fix. Your Ithaca plumber, The Drain Brain, can evaluate the system and vents to ascertain what protocol to follow to alleviate the stench.
Your septic system is vented in several ways. The first is via the system itself underground where there are inlet and outlet pipes that allow the gases to discharge hopefully out into the drainage field. The Drain Brain finds that these inlet and outlet pipes can become blocked through non-biodegradable debris or due to a high water level within the tank.
Situations involving the discharge pipes can be sorted out by clearing them out and/or determining why there is a high water level within the septic tank, itself. High water levels can be attributed to either blockages or pump failure.
The inlet pipe is the one that takes the sewage out of your house and into the tank. This pipe is generally open and clear, but can allow gases to flow back into the household system. Have you ever wondered why you have a vent pipe coming out of the roof of your home?
Many people think the vent pipe on their roof is to vent the bathroom steam or something of that type. This is not the case. That vent pipe actually pulls septic system odors up through to above the roof line of the home. Due to the low pressure in the pipe itself, the sewage odors and gases easily find their way out and away from your home.
It is important that the roof-top vent pipe be high enough to reach above the roof line. The gases from the septic system are then dispersed into the air and away from the population nearby. The problem with sewage odors occur when there is an obstruction within the septic system. This can cause the odors to be forced up through the tank and through the ground. Thus, you get the horrendous smell in your yard and sometimes within your home.
Most of the time, the venting system is working properly but a down draft resulting from wind blowing across the roof can get blocked by nearby trees and cause the stench to drop down into your yard, window, or air conditioning unit. If this has become a regular problem at your home, septic system services in Ithaca recommend that you install a charcoal vent filter. These filters have become the least expensive go-to fix for people that have not been able to find other ways to fix their stinky vent issues.
Around the Ithaca area, The Drain Brain can evaluate your septic system and provide you with answers as to why you might be experiencing the distressing odor emanating from your vent or yard. A comprehensive evaluation of the system, pipes, tank and vents will provide the answers and allow you to make an informed decision as to how to remedy any issues you may be having.
Many homes and properties in the Ithaca area utilize septic systems to dispose of household water waste. Unlike urban areas that connect to the sewer grid, rural homes must rely on their septic system that is located right on the property along with their well for water. Septic pumping services in Ithaca area keep busy with emergency calls when a home’s system has overflowed or ceased to operate properly.
The Drain Brain is your Ithaca area septic system experts and although we do provide 24/7 emergency plumbing services, we recommend regular maintenance of your septic system before disaster strikes.
Keeping your septic system running at optimal conditions is a matter of proper maintenance. As a homeowner, you must realize that the system is meant to handle household water waste and not solids or non-biodegradable items. The system itself is rather complex and consists of piping from the house to bring the waste to the holding tank. The holding tank has a grease trap to catch excess grease (which goes down the sink drain) and the whole system operates on a pump which moves the waste water up into the leach field.
The Drain Brain recommends your septic system be cleaned out on a regular basis. Standard usage would require a full cleaning every 3 years, while a system used by a family or which has heavy usage should be cleaned yearly.
Septic system experts in the Ithaca area are often called out for systems that have backed up, overflowed, frozen, pipes have broken or pipes have blocked due to inorganic materials accidentally being flushed. Also, if the pump to the leach field fails, then that can cause problems as well.
The Drain Brain is available to evaluate your system and determine if all is working well. If you haven’t used septic pumping services in Ithaca for your system, this would be the perfect time of year to obtain a full cleaning. Leaving the septic system up to chance to work properly is asking for trouble.
Waking up to the putrid odor of waste material and finding that it has backed up in your drains and tub is not a pleasant experience. Waste can also overflow into the basement, soaking anything you have stored down there.
In Ithaca you can count on the knowledge, expertise, professional and well-trained technicians who can evaluate your system and save you money by providing septic pumping services before a failure occurs.
Drain cleaning in Ithaca is just as important as septic cleaning. The drains and pipes that remove waste and sewage water from your home can become clogged with material, as well as suffering cracks and breaks. Outside of the home, pipes crack and freeze from intense weather conditions, become clogged due to tree roots forcing their way through weak points in the pipes.
With the assurance that your plumbing and septic systems are working at optimal performance, are clean, the grease trap has been cleaned off, pipes checked for breakage, root growth, and clogs…you can have peace of mind. Call The Drain Brain today to have your waste disposal system cleaned and evaluated.
That time of year is upon us, and no one is more excited to be leaving winter behind that residents of Ithaca and surrounding areas. With the marching forward into summer and festival time, venue presenters are planning their events with the expectation of expansive turn outs.
When events are in the planning stages, one major consideration is that or portable toilets or portable restrooms for event goers. The Drain Brain has a wide selection of portable toilets for all your outdoor events.
Port-a-Johns and restroom trailers are often considered for use (and a necessity) for large events where a significant crowd is expected. Ithaca septic services such as The Drain Brain is your number one go-to experts to determine the exact number, size and type of restroom facilities you will need.
Event venues that need facilities
Vendor display events
Fourth of July Celebrations
There are several common portable toilet options available. You can choose from standard size, deluxe and handicapped accessible, plus for larger events there are restroom trailers.
The Drain Brain has standard port-a-johns that are an enclosed unit with a door that can be locked from the inside, approx. 4′ wide x 4′ deep x 7.5′ high, made from injection molded plastic. Has 1 toilet seat over a 50 – 60 gal holding tank which contains approx. 5 gal of liquid chemical for breaking down waste. Units can be stocked with seat covers, toilet paper and waterless hand cleaner. Requires placement where truck can approach to within 25′ for servicing.
Deluxe units with sink are fully enclosed, with a door that can be locked from the inside. Approximately 4′ wide x 4′ deep x 7.5′ high, with a floor area of 915 sq in. Standard tank volume is 60 to 70 gallons. Sink has fresh water reservoir and discharges grey water into the holding tank. A urinal will typically accompanies the toilet and sink. Requires placement where truck can approach to within 25′ for servicing.
And the Handicapped /Wheelchair Accessible Units have a ramped door that can be locked from the inside, approx. 8′ wide x 8′ deep x 7.5′ high, made from injection molded plastic. Unit has grab bars and support rails. Has 1 toilet seat over a 50 – 60 gal holding tank which contains approx. 5 gal of liquid chemical for breaking down waste. Units can be stocked with seat covers, toilet paper and waterless hand cleaner. Requires placement where truck can approach to within 25′ for servicing.
The Drain Brain can quickly and efficiently advise you as to the number of portable toilets for your Tompkins County events, type and maintenance information that you need for your summer event. The Drain Brain is prepared to help you secure the right number of units and will deliver them as well as provide full maintenance whenever needed. .
Plan your summer event with full confidence that The Drain Brain will be there for you when you need them. Book your portable toilets for your event now to avoid a shortage. Any questions, contact your nearest provider.
Congratulations! We’ve made it through another tough winter. Spring has sprung even in the coldest areas and thoughts are on freshening up our homes and yards. The Drain Brain wants to remind you to have your septic system checked before heavier usage by summer guests put a strain on it.
Septic systems are commonly overlooked when it comes to maintenance. We tend to forget about this important part of our home if it seems to be running properly. The key word there is “seems” to be running properly. Without an inspection by your local Ithaca septic services provider, your septic may be in need of a cleaning and you don’t even know it.
Failure to maintain, clean, and evaluate how well your septic system is functioning can lead to the need for emergency plumbing services in Ithaca, which often results in a higher expenditure to repair damage. Septic systems, tanks, pipes and drainage fields are all subject to weather (freezing), excessive rain (flooding or backing up of system), tree roots growing into the system resulting in blockages, and common buildup of grease and non-biodegradable material from your interior plumbing.
Proper maintenance of a septic system should include a yearly or bi-yearly full cleaning of the tank. Depending on the amount of people in your home, the amount of water flushed through the system and the strain, your local Ithaca septic services provider can advise you on an appropriate time schedule.
Many homeowners wait until the inevitable happens and their septic system simply stops working and backs up into the house. This never seems to happen during normal business hours, so you are stuck with having to access emergency plumbing services in Ithaca to resolve the issue.
Having a septic system malfunction or back up into your home is not a pleasant experience. Your home could sustain a fair amount of contaminated water damage, which in turn results in further clean up and disinfection. Water damage to flooring, cabinets and wall board are often seen after a septic system has failed.
We’ve all ready mentioned some common reasons:
There are also situations where a pipe may break from age or being crushed (never drive over your septic system area with a heavy vehicle). Your septic pump (if you have one) may develop an electrical or mechanical issue and fail to function. When the pump fails, that means the water in the tank cannot be pumped up to the drainage field. This results in a back up into your indoor plumbing and drains.
Obtaining the proper septic services to evaluate your system and check all the operating parts, clean out the grease trap, and empty out the tank, there is no way to know how your system is operating. Contact your Ithaca area septic services while you are thinking about it. Have them come out to take a look at your drainage and septic system to ascertain the condition. Older septic systems may need more frequent cleanings.
The Drain Brain is here to provide you with excellent, knowledgeable and professional services 24/7. Emergency plumbing services in Ithaca are available as are routing service calls. Keep your systems maintained to avoid unnecessary and expensive repairs.
When you need an emergency plumber in Tompkins Country, The Drain Brain could well be your hero in disguise. Normally we don’t think of calling a plumber in until we have a major problem on our hands. Fortunately, there are emergency plumbing services in Tompkins County to come to your rescue. But before you have an emergency, here are some great tips to keep things running smoothly.
Your plumbing system is the life blood of your home, so to speak. Through the maze of pipes runs the water that provides for your dishwasher, sink, bathtub and shower, water heater, and flushes out the outgoing septic or sewage pipes. A clog, leak, or break in any of these lines can cause disruption due to lack of water and the inevitable water damage associated with a burst pipe.
The Drain Brain recognizes the importance of your home’s water system operating properly. Without water, the entire home is disrupted. In fact, loss of water for cooking, cleaning, bathing can make a home inhabitable.
It is necessary to take stock of your plumbing system’s condition on a regular basis. Most homeowners are not trained in emergency plumbing services, thus should obtain the services of a licensed professional. As an emergency plumber in Tompkins County, The Drain Brain is able to evaluate and inspect your current system to ascertain any potential repair areas. Specifically, your plumber wants to see if there are any areas weakened by rust which could burst, any leaks at joints that need resoldering, and any old, worn out pipes that have yet to be replaced with appropriate piping.
Plumbers work with both your internal and external water delivery system. Your septic system is of great importance to be sure the tank is emptied regularly, the pump is working, and the exit lines from the house are clear of clogs. Septic tanks also have a grease trap in them to catch as much grease and debris as possible. If that is clogged or full, grease enters the main septic tank chamber, attaches itself to paper debris and such, then proceeds to clog up the entire system.
This septic tank clog could (and most likely will) result in your tank overflowing into the yard and/or back flowing into the home up through the drains. Definitely not a pretty sight or experience. Septic systems are generally reliable when proper care is given them and cleaning is on a regular basis.
Emergency plumbing services in Tompkins County can easily be obtained by contacting The Drain Brain to come to your home and get the repair process underway should a breakage or backup occur. The point though is that proper maintenance of your entire water/sewage delivery system has to be maintained just like any other part of your home.
We always tend to expect water to come out of the faucet, the toilets to flush, and the dishwasher to run. A sudden burst pipe can become not only a loss of water but an expensive repair and clean up.
Have a plumber in Tompkins County like The Drain Brain come out to your home to inspect your current system and make recommendations for any repairs or replacements now before damage occurs.
What a winter it has been for the Northeast. You may be thinking about planning for events in the coming seasons, but the snow and cold defies the belief in warmer weather. No matter what event you are planning for the summer, The Drain Brain has portable toilets for your visitors and event.
Portable toilets are the realm of septic services in Tompkins County and provide necessary accommodations for your event goers. As with most large-scale fairs, shows, and displays it is necessary to provide bathroom facilities for the guests. These facilities include standard and handicap-accessible portable toilets or portable units such as the newer bathroom trailers that are being set up.
Yes, it’s still winter and summer seems a long way off. In Tompkins County and the surrounding areas, Ithaca septic services know there is an increasing number of events and people that attend these venues. Each year, more people look for outdoor entertainment and shopping experiences as well as fairs and shows. Companies and organizations are meeting that need with an ever increasing array of events to suit many needs.
With that being said, it stands to reason that portable toilets provided by septic services in Ithaca, such as The Drain Brain, are booking up their supply earlier in the year than ever before. Portable toilets are needed at all events, and with the expectation of a larger, growing audience for the venue, many organizations are having to order up additional units to meet the need.
Ordering your portable toilets for your next event, well before the season, will ensure that you have the accommodations that you need when you need them.
At event venues, portable toilets need constant and efficient cleaning and disposal of waste. The biggest complaint from visitors is the poor quality or horrid odor associated with portable toilets. Don’t leave this to chance and have disgruntled event goers on your hands.
The Drain Brain offers not only regular and consistent portable toilet cleaning and draining, but provide emergency plumbing services in Ithaca. So if something goes wrong with a portable toilet system at your event, or they need more frequent servicing, call immediately for assistance.
Using the Ithaca septic services closest to your event venue will make everything go much smoother. The Drain Brain has been providing portable toilets to small and large events in the Tompkins County area and can quickly assess the exact number of units your even will need.
Remember, before you know it, the fair and event season will be in full swing. Ordering your portable toilets from The Drain Brain, provider of septic services in Tompkins County, will assure you that you will have the best service, units, and the appropriate number of accommodations for your event.
Use the company you can trust and order early so that there will be enough units to fulfill requirements
The frigid, harsh conditions of a typical Finger Lakes Winter doesn’t have to result in frozen pipes. The Drain Brain your septic service provider in Tompkins County, wants you to be prepared with some handy tips to help you protect your property from water damage and emergency plumbing services in Ithaca.
No one wants to wake in the middle of the night to the sound of water flowing freely from a burst pipe, but if you do…call your local Ithaca plumber for immediate assistance. While waiting for your plumber to arrive, locate the water turn off valve to the burst/frozen pipe and shut the system down.
If your pipe has not yet burst, you can possibly warm up the pipe carefully and relieve the frozen section.
Septic systems also can freeze up, and with the unusually cold winter we are having, extra steps need to be taken to ensure a functioning system. If your septic system becomes frozen due to the temperatures, Ithaca septic services can offer you emergency plumbing services through The Drain Brain.
Frozen Pipes – Prevention Tips
The American Red Cross has some awesome information for winter preparedness and how to keep your plumbing functioning optimally during these cold months.
“Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:
Frozen Pipes and What to Do
Sometimes, no matter how much you plan or are prepared, pipes freeze and burst, and septic systems freeze up without warning. If you think your plumbing is in trouble and you need septic services in Tompkins County, remember that The Drain Brain provides Ithaca septic services on an emergency basis 24/7.
Frozen septic systems can cause a serious back up of contaminated water into your home. Early signs that your septic may be struggling are slow draining sinks and tubs, gurgling and sluggish flushing of toilets…and as the freeze sinks deeper into the system and pipes, material that is flushed or drained will begin to come back up into your sinks. Toilets won’t flush. And some very unpleasant odors are sure to become an issue.
If you are noticing or have experience a lack of water coming from your faucets, this most likely indicates you have frozen pipes and they need immediate attention. First, open the faucets, then locate the frozen section of your pipes. Usually you will find that the frozen pipe is one which is either running along a cold outside wall (and not insulated) or under the house in the crawl space or unheated basement.
Once you locate the section of frozen pipes, set about attempting to thaw the section by wrapping with a heating pad, using an electric blow dryer on the area, or a space heater if the area is relatively small and there are no combustible materials nearby.
You will know that your efforts are working as water begins to flow through the pipes again and come out of the faucets you left open. The Drain Brain recommends that you follow the above preparedness tips once you have relieved the frozen pipe.
Remember that if your pipes have burst or your septic system is frozen, you need professional services. Call The Drain Brain 24/7 for emergency plumbing services in Ithaca.
Business and homeowners alike live stressful, busy lives full of commitment and responsibility. The one thing that they both fear is a major plumbing issue. Having emergency plumbing services in Ithaca from the Drain Brain,brings peace of mind and relief to many people faced with the potential disaster a plumbing problem can entail.
Issues with your water carrying pipes and disposal system can arise for many reasons. Sometimes old pipes and soldered joints wear out and leak causing water damage or a full out pipe break pouring water into the surround area. Sinks and toilets clog due to material being flushed or washed down the drain that clog the smaller pipes and cause a sluggish drainage or an out right back up into the sink, bathtub, or toilet.
Then there are septic system issues that require the expert services of the Drain Brain septic services in Tompkins County to mitigate damages as quickly as possible. This is why emergency plumbing services in Ithaca exist to help lessen the damage, repair the broken piping, and put your water system back on line.
Along with the typical problems with interior pipes which could result in a need for the Drain Brain’s emergency plumbing services in Ithaca, your septic system is an integral part of your entire water drainage units.
Septic tanks and the pipes leading into and out of them can become clogged by material that is not biodegradable or because the grease traps are full, the grease has coagulated around the pipe entrance and captured waste materials, thus clogging the entrance.
The cold of winter brings on other problems as well, like the major delivery pipes freezing due to the excessive cold. This can generally be remedied by warming the pipes (your Ithaca Septic Services knows how to do this without causing damage. Do not attempt yourself) and allowing the waste water to again flow.
In harsh winter climates remember to NOT plow, shovel or otherwise remove the insulating snow cover from the septic tank or the entrance and exit pipes. Most systems are barely 18 inches underground. Frost can reach 2 feet or more in severe climates. Uncovering the ground or removing the snow cover which acts as insulation puts your septic system at extreme risk for freezing.
Septic systems also can become full and overflow back into the interior pipes. If you encounter clogged pipes, water backup into the sink or tub, toilets not flushing…when all these appear to happen at the same time, the most likely culprit is the septic tank or piping.
The Drain Brain provides septic services in Ithaca along with 24 hour emergency plumbing services to mitigate damages and get your system back up and running. Don’t let a small water leak issue become a major concern. Call The Drain Brain immediately to have the issue evaluated and repaired.
Protecting your home or business from significant water damage is an important part of home maintenance. Most insurance policies will not cover water damage resulting from faulty or poor maintenance, and the pipes are not covered if they break (so all repairs and labor for plumbing is your responsibility).
Addressing plumbing issues before they become disastrous is the best way to go. Call your local plumber in Tompkins County for assistance. Don’t forget that The Drain Brain offers emergency plumbing services in Ithaca and can be at your property anytime of the day or night.
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