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Most homes in the Tompkins County and Ithaca areas are on septic systems rather than public sewer, so as homeowners, you need to take particular care in being sure your system is operating optimally.

The Drain Brain is experienced and professional in working with all types of plumbing repairs and services.  The biggest cause of concern for homeowners is their septic systems.  A septic failure can result in extensive (and uninsured) damage to your home and personal property.

 Take Care of Your Septic Service

Although being sure all your plumbing is operating properly, it’s the septic service system that is often taken for granted.  Until it doesn’t work properly.  By that time, damage has occurred and the results can be devastating.

septic service system The Drain BrainSo what do you look for?  You stay alert to sluggish drains, septic odor outside or inside the house, sludge water backing up into sinks or bath tubs…toilets that won’t flush.

During the summer when trees and other plants are growing rapidly, roots can infiltrate the inlet and outlet pipes from your septic service system.  Those roots can and will eventually clog up the pipes and cause back up.  This can be an expensive repair as those pipes need to be dug up and possibly replaced, especially if they are older lines.

The fall is a good time to have The Drain Brain come out to evaluate your system.  Even if you are not seeing any major problems, we can locate and prevent issues well ahead of time.

Three things that are the easiest to do is to have us check your holding tank, pump out the tank (which should be done on a regular basis depending on usage), clean the grease trap because no matter how careful you are, grease and junk gets into the traps and  can block the lines), and finally, we can snake a camera into the system to ascertain that the pipes are clear of roots or other debris.

Septic Tank Services in IthacaThe Drain Brain is your plumber in Ithaca who is available 24/7 for emergencies, and prompt to respond to any plumbing issue no matter the size.  As fall is here, we urge you to have your septic service inspected before the winter and cold weather comes along.

There are many reasons for this fall preparation.  If you have a budding issue…it will get worse as the ground freezes and the repair becomes more extensive.  There is nothing quite as disturbing to routine as having your entire septic and plumbing system frozen or backing up into your home.

 Don’t Wait For Winter to Discover Problems

Again, many take the septic service system for granted.  As long as it’s running seemingly properly, it’s normal to not think much about it.  But there can be problems lurking that could cause a complete shut down, which is not something you want to endure.

With an Ithaca plumber at your disposal, you will find it a far better investment to have your system checked out and cleaned if necessary.  The Drain Brain can help you, as a homeowner, prevent costly repairs and help your protect your home and belongings.  Take the time this fall to contact us at The Drain Brain to schedule your septic service inspection.  Be sure to ask any questions you might have and we’ll be happy to assist you.  Enjoy a lovely fall season!

Did you ever wonder how in the world portable restrooms became common?  This is possibly not something you’ve given much thought to, but the evolution of portable restrooms brought about many changes and improvements.

How Did The Portable Restroom Start?

The industry as a whole began back in the 1940s in California at the ship yards.  The workers on the ships had to walk long distances back to the dock area to use a bathroom.  And as you would imagine, there was a significant loss of time on the job and thus they would get behind on the projects.  So the ship builders got together with the builders of the dock restrooms to design a portable/movable temporary unit on the ships so they would be closer to the workers.  A wooden structure was built with a small holding tank, and this was the very first portable toilet.  The concept became known as a time saver and soon spread to the construction industry and to event organizers where large crowds were expected.

portable restrooms in Tompkins CountyFortunately, when you need portable restrooms in the Ithaca area, you don’t need to experience the rustic and rudimentary building of the ’40s.  Let’s look at what the early portable restrooms were made from and the issues involved with their upkeep.

Those first portable restrooms were made of wood and metal, were extremely heavy to move about, and unfortunately absorbed the odors and were basically impossible to keep sanitary.  Am sure you can imagine what that was like.

Improvements Made Portable Restrooms Better

In the 1970s, fiberglass became popular for many projects and portable toilets were one of the first structures to be revamped using this material.  They were lighter than wood and easier to transport.

But, issues still existed.  The fiberglass toilets required more maintenance due to the brittle nature of the material.  In addition, fiberglass absorbed odors in the structures and holding tank, thus proving to be a poor choice of material.  Still, it was somewhat of an improvement over the wooden restrooms.

In the mid-1970’s, polyethylene portable toilets were introduced.  Polyethylene made portable toilets lightweight and more durable.  Polyethylene is easier to clean, since it is a non-porous and non-absorbing material.  It is the most popular material for portable toilets today.

Now with this cleaner and more portable restroom option with the polyethylene material, the success of these units were excellent.  Although not a replacement for permanent facilities, it’s a handy and useful self-contained unit that is far easier to clean and keep sanitary.

The Drain Brain Provides Full Service

portable restroom IthacaAs part of the value of rented portable toilets, The Drain Brain cleans their portable toilets with a frequency based on the number of toilet users.  At service time, The Drain Brain sends a pump truck to the toilet site whereas the driver sanitizes the inside of the toilet’s holding tank and structure and “recharges” the holding tank with fresh deodorizer.  The driver refills supplies (toilet paper, soap and fresh water), leaving customers with a clean portable restroom. The waste is then transported for proper sanitary disposal.

With the large number of locations, events, job sites, and even family reunions/weddings, the increased use of portable toilets in Tompkins County has skyrocketed.

The Drain Brain has a wide  selection of portable restrooms in the Ithaca area and can arrange to have your event well covered with enough units to suit your expected number of guests.

Regardless where your event is, portable restrooms in Tompkins County is serviced by The Drain Brain.  Our professional and knowledgeable staff will work with you to determine how many units will be needed, arrange delivery to designated areas that will not detract from the event itself.  Be sure to contact us today to reserve the portable restrooms for your next event.

The Drain Brain is the premier Ithaca plumbing services with both residential and commercial customers who rely on our expertise, professionalism, and knowledge.

Ithaca Plumber grease trapGrease traps are the bane of both restaurants and private residences when they are clogged or ill maintained.  The resultant damage from clogged pipes and water back up can be expensive and cause down time in a commercial kitchen.

As a plumber in Ithaca who works with commercial restaurants, we’d like to give you some major tips on how to protect your septic or sewer lines, and obviously your business.  As issues relating to grease traps can be prevented, this information should be posted in your kitchen area for all employees to heed.

Grease Trap Cleaning and Maintenance

Best Management Practices for Commercial Food and Restaurant Facilities

  • Train kitchen staff and other employees about how they can help ensure BMPs are implemented.

Reason: People are more willing to support an effort if they understand the basis for it.

Benefit: All of the subsequent benefits of BMPs will have a better chance of being implemented.

  • Post “No Grease” signs above sinks and on the front of dishwashers.

Reason: Signs serve as a constant reminder for staff working in kitchens.

Benefit: This will help minimize grease discharge to traps/interceptors and reduce the cost of cleaning and disposal.

  •   “Dry wipe” pots, pans, and dishware prior to dishwashing.

Reason: By dry-wiping and disposing in the garbage, the material will not be sent to grease traps.

Benefit: This will reduce the amount of material collected in the grease trap and interceptors, and will lessen cleaning and maintenance costs.

  •   Dispose of food waste by recycling and/or solid waste removal.

Reason: To divert food wastes away from grease traps and interceptors.

Benefit: Recycling or solid waste disposal will reduce the frequency and cost of grease trap and interceptor cleaning.

  •  Recycle waste cooking oil.

Reason: Cooking oil that ends up in grease traps will have to be pumped, costing businesses money.

Benefit: Some companies pay to haul used cooking oil and make it into new products.

  •  Cover outdoor grease and oil storage containers.

Reason: Rainwater into open containers can cause an overflow onto the ground leading to stormwater collection systems, creeks, and streams.

Benefit: Avoidance of polluting streams, creeks and other water bodies.

  •  Routinely clean kitchen exhaust system filters.

Reason: If grease and oil escape through the kitchen exhaust system, it can accumulate on exterior surfaces, eventually entering the storm drain system when it rains.

Benefit: Minimizes the chance of grease-related fires and the likelihood of grease entering nearby water bodies.

  •  Do not pour grease down sinks or into toilets.

Reason: Grease poured into a toilet or sink can congeal, clogging sewer pipes and cause backups.

Benefit: Lower plumbing bills and no loss of business due to sewer backups.

  •  Avoid or limit the use of garbage disposals.

Reason: Garbage disposals grind large food particles into small pieces. These pieces can fill up a grease trap causing backups or may require more frequent pump outs of the grease trap.

Benefit: No sewer backups and less money spent cleaning out the grease trap.

  •  Clean interceptors with a capacity of 100 gallons or less weekly or more frequently if needed.             Reason: Weekly (or more frequent) cleaning of the grease trap by a facility’s own staff will reduce maintenance cost and lower the risk of backups.

Benefit: Cleaning under-sink grease traps frequently will reduce the frequency and cost of grease interceptor cleaning.

  • Use a three-sink compartment dish washing system, including sinks for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing.

Reason: The three-sink system uses water less than 140ºF, whereas a mechanical dishwasher requires a minimum temperature of 160ºF.

Benefit: The facility will reduce energy costs for heating the water and operating the dishwasher. (Source: SAWS)

The Drain Brain in Ithaca

Ithaca plumber grease trapsOur expertise in residential and commercial properties is second to none.  We employ dedicated professionals who know the value of customer service, education, and mitigating damages as quickly as possible in the event of a disaster.

Plumbing systems work smoothly when all is well and we take them for granted.  But when something goes wrong, your whole house or business grinds to a halt.  Grease traps are just one of the items that needs regular care and maintenance.

Whether your restaurant is following proper protocol and just needs us to take a quick look to confirm all is well, or you are all ready experiencing some issues, call us immediately for a prompt and effective evaluation.

Ah, the promise of a busy and event-filled summer is upon us.  If you are in charge of an event or on the committee to assure a successful festival, you need to consider  portable restrooms in the Ithaca area to accommodate your venue attendees.

portable restrooms in Tompkins CountyThe Drain Brain has been part of the Tompkins County area for over 20 years providing exceptional services and portable restrooms in Tompkins County.  Planning an event takes time and expertise.  We know you take your responsibilities seriously as do we.  We can provide your event with the most up-to-date portable restrooms and restroom trailers with exceptional service and maintenance throughout your festival venue.

Portable Restrooms in the Ithaca Area

Now certainly, portable restrooms may not be an awesome topic to discuss at the dinner table, but when an event, large or small, is being planned, it is imperative that you remember the comfort of your guests.  Portable toilets are suitable for all types of situations including family reunions, birthday parties, weddings, receptions, craft fairs, agricultural fairs, and any other location where there will be event goers who need accommodation for their personal needs.

The Drain Brain has several different sized portable restrooms to provide the safest and most efficient access for your guests, including handicapped-accessible units.  Larger events or venues could well benefit from our restroom trailers which are a favorite addition when there are a significant amount of people visiting the location.

Service for our portable toilets include removing waste from the tank, cleaning the inside of the unit and restocking supplies as needed. Our service can be scheduled daily, weekly or monthly depending on your usage needs. Cleanings are documented on a spreadsheet within each unit for your convenient reference.

Our professional and experienced service technicians can meet with you to discuss the number and type of units you will need.

Portable Restroom Trailers

Our Drain Brain Restroom Trailers are mobile and easily relocated providing fast, flexible, efficient, cost effective, high quality solutions. Our Restroom trailers can be used for virtually any application from temporary events to permanent installations. Construction, Weddings, Corporate Event and more.

portable restroom IthacaWe also provide a wide range of handicapped accessible portable toilets as well. Each offers ease of use and a comfortable experience and is ADA compliant.

The Restroom trailer requires garden hose hook up and two 110 15 Amp Service.

Unibody Steel Frame 8′ x 16′

Dual 3,500 lb Dexter TorFlex Axles

Five Year Warranty Steel Frame

Five Year Warranty TorFlex Axles

Goodyear Tires ST 205 x 75R14

Waste Holding Tank 640 gallons

Central A/C (15,000 BTU)-Requires a second 110 15 amp breaker

Fire Proof Entrance / Exit Doors (2)

Enduralite Interior Walls White with Grey

AM/FM Radio with CD

These units are extremely stable and easy to maintain throughout your event.  When you are expecting a large influx of visitors to your location, renting a portable restroom trailer may be just the item you need.

The Drain Brain

We stand behind our service and rentals assuring you that you will have hassle-free and sanitary units on site.  Our experienced technicians will make sure that your needs are top priority and are very familiar with being unobtrusive throughout the maintenance of your rental units.

Contact us at (607) 273-8311 in Ithaca, (607) 753-1533 in Cortland, and (607) 739-8311 in Elmira to discuss your requirements.  We look forward to serving you and helping make your event go smoothly.

Planning a Summer Event in Tompkins County? Reserve your Portable Restrooms from The Drain Brain Today

Summertime brings events of all sizes, types and locations. Whether you’re planning a family reunion, a gorgeous outdoor wedding, anniversary parties, or a larger event for crowds, The Drain Brain has portable restrooms in the Ithaca Area.

portable restrooms in Tompkins CountyLarger event such as art shows, craft shows, demonstrations, fairs, and other such venues require (by law) that appropriate restrooms be available for all event attendees.  There is a specific amount of portable restrooms that must be on site in relation to the anticipated number of event goers.

Keeping your guests and visitors comfortable should always be considered well in advance of the event itself.  Just like letting people know ahead of time about the event date, the party, the anniversary celebration, reserving your portable restrooms in Tompkins County is a must do on your list.

Portable Restrooms in Ithaca

Not always a pleasant subject to talk about, and many people have experienced poorly maintained portable restrooms.  So it is also paramount to the success of your event that you obtain the services of a reputable and experienced service who will be sure to provide scheduled maintenance of the portable restrooms at your site.

The Drain Brain has been providing portable restrooms in Ithaca that meet all your needs and expectations.  Your event will be well maintained, clean, sanitary and there will be plenty of units on site to meet the needs of your guests.

We offer three standard size portable restrooms as well as portable restroom trailers.  Our standard unit is 4′ X 4′ and 7.5′ tall. The next unit also is 4′ X 4′ with a sink and urinal.  The third style unit is wheelchair accessible at 8′ X 8′.  Remember to provide a wheelchair accessible portable restroom at your event as this will make it so much more accommodating for your visitors.

portable restrooms in Tompkins CountyThe final option is a portable restroom trailer.  Our Drain Brain Restroom Trailers are mobile and easily relocated providing fast, flexible, efficient, cost effective, high quality solutions. Our Restroom trailers can be used for virtually any application from temporary events to permanent installations. Construction, Weddings, Corporate Event and more.

We also provide a wide range of handicapped accessible portable toilets as well. Each offers ease of use and a comfortable experience and is ADA compliant.

Summer Events in Tompkins County

This is the time to get your plans in place, order your invitations and get them sent out, advertise your event, and reserve your portable restrooms in Tompkins County.  Planning ahead and choosing a reliable and reputable service such as The Drain Brain will help make your event a successful one for your guests.

Remember, whether you are having a family get-together or are the event coordinator for a large gathering, the comfort of your event goers is of prime importance.  With clean and accessible portable restrooms, the event attendees will stay longer, enjoy the event more, and be likely to return again.  They need to know that their needs are met and that you’ve taken them into account.

The Drain Brain provides the best service, well-maintained, and sanitary portable restrooms in Tompkins County.  Be sure to call us today at (607) 273-8311 for a prompt estimate, a proper evaluation of how many units you will need, and a solid reservation for the installations and set up.

May your Summertime event be successful and attract the visitors you expect.  Let The Drain Brain handle the portable restroom service for you!

There is nothing more distressing for homeowners than to have plumbing issues which result in water damage to the interior of your home.  Water damage can result from leaking/broken pipes to a back up of sewage from a clogged or poor functioning septic system.

Tompkins County septic services are provided by the experts at The Drain Brain.  One of their specialties is the repair and maintenance of septic systems.  As we will learn, most septic issues are caused by clogged pipes, and even the invasion of roots into the inlet and outlet pipes.

The Drain Brain uses state-of-the-art video inspection methods that simply introduce a fine wire with an attached micro camera The Drain Brainthat inspects those underground sections of pipes to determine the condition and/or the extent of the impaction.

Pipeline Video Inspection

To learn a little more about the actual video inspection process, let’s look at this explanation.

Pipeline video inspection is a form of telepresence used to visually inspect the interiors of pipelines. A common application is to determine the condition of small diameter sewer lines and household connection pipes.

Older sewer lines of small diameter, typically 6-inch (150 mm), are made by the union of a number of short 3 feet (0.91 m) sections. The pipe segments may be made of cast iron, with 12 feet (3.7 m) to 20 feet (6.1 m) sections, but are more often made of vitrified clay pipe (VCP), a ceramic material, in 3 feet (0.91 m), 4 feet (1.2 m) & 6 feet (1.8 m) sections. Each iron or clay segment will have an enlargement (a “bell”) on one end to receive the end of the adjacent segment. Roots from trees and vegetation may work into the joins between segments and can be forceful enough to break open a larger opening in terra cotta or corroded cast iron. Eventually a root ball will form that will impede the flow and this may cleaned out by a cutter mechanism and subsequently inhibited by use of a chemical foam – a rooticide.

With modern video equipment the interior of the pipe may be inspected – this is a form of non-destructive testing. A small diameter The Drain Braincollector pipe will typically have a cleanout access at the far end and will be several hundred feet long, terminating at a manhole. Additional collector pipes may discharge at this manhole and a pipe (perhaps of larger diameter) will carry the effluent to the next manhole, and so forth to a pump station or treatment plant. (

Septic Services in Ithaca

Ithaca abounds with excellent service providers in all fields, but when it comes to Ithaca septic services, The Drain Brain should be first on your list.  Experienced, professional and efficient technicians are on our team and ready to help assist homeowners with their plumbing and septic system needs.

Proper maintenance and immediate examination of septic systems before major issues develop is recommended.  At the first sign of drainage issues, contact The Drain Brain to evaluate the situation and provide you with a detailed repair estimate.  Remember to ask them about their video pipe inspection methods and how this might be the best option to determine the extent of repairs needed.

The Drain Brain provides excellent service to Ithaca homeowners.  They strive to bring the best and most experienced plumbing services to their customers and are available 24/7 for emergency situations. Ithaca homeowners are raving about the The Drain Brain and you need to consider them for your home plumbing needs.

The Drain BrainHomeowners are barraged with numerous maintenance and repairs as their home ages.  Plumbing needs to be handled by knowledgeable and licensed technicians who will provide not only repairs but education in how to prevent problems in the future.

Why You Need The Drain Brain

Today you need to have your contractors planned out ahead of time.  It’s more relieving to know that you don’t need to go through the phone book looking for just any old service contractor when disaster strikes

Planning ahead and working with a particular plumbing service will make it much easier on you when you need assistance.

The Drain Brain is experienced in septic issues, septic cleaning, clogged pipes, frozen pipes, leaking pipes, plumbing installations, and troubleshooting plumbing issues.  You can never be more comfortable than working with this fine company.

Ithaca homeowners are fortunate in having plumbing services in Ithaca that they can rely on.  When your pipes freeze or burst, call The Drain Brain immediately to facilitate repairs and keep the water damage to a minimum.  If you see a leak beginning, contact your plumber right away so as to get that leak fixed before the joint or pipe gives way.  A burst pipe can release gallons of water into your home or basement causing not only water damage to personal property but the danger of various types of mold that will grow from damp areas.

Septic System Warning Signs

Homeowners need to be aware of potential septic system issues when not on city water systems.  The septic system is the most major component of your plumbing and delivers used and dirty water out to the septic drainage field.

The Drain BrainWinter is often a time that problems come to light.  If you are experiencing slow draining, water sitting in sinks or tubs, backup of sewage (or laundry water) into your sinks, this is a good first sign that your septic system is experiencing difficulty. Now it may be a minor issue like a clogged drain, but often times the issue has to do with the main exit pipes from the house or the septic tank itself.

Septic pipes can freeze just like interior pipes that are not well insulated.  If your septic lines are bare this winter from lack of snow pack, they are susceptible to freezing.  You can help protect your lines by covering with straw or other organic material to protect them.

Some septic systems have an electric pump that moves the waste water out of the tank and up to a drainage field.  If that pump is not working for some reason, the water doesn’t get moved, the septic tank fills up above acceptable levels, and the result is a backup of water into the house.

At the very first sign of slow draining of your pipes and sinks, contact your Ithaca plumber for immediate service.  The Drain Brain is your premier Ithaca area plumbing service and will be there for you 24/7.  Don’t leave leaking or frozen pipes to chance.  Call on the experience, knowledge and professionalism that The Drain Brain offer to you, the Ithaca homeowners.



At some point of another, Tompkins County homeowners will need plumbing services and need those services immediately. The Drain Brain is your premier Tompkins County plumber and provides emergency services as well as routine repairs and installations.

Winter is here and with it comes the colder temperatures that can reach far into the ground and affect the stability of your plumbing.  Septic systems and interior pipes are susceptible to freezing. The Drain Brain can release those freeze ups and help you to prevent additional damage caused by burst pipes.

Caring For Your Plumbing

The Drain BrainThere are numerous ways to protect your home and plumbing.  Your Tompkins County plumber can evaluate your current system to be sure there are no weak points that could result in damage.  But if it happens, you want to have a plumber that knows your home and needs.

Keeping your pipes from freezing may require they be wrapped in insulation which will protect them in the case of serious temperature drops.  Leaking joints or connections need immediate attention as they are seriously near breaking apart.  Water damage to your personal belongings is not a good way to wake up … a broken pipe can spill hundreds of gallons of water into your home and basement.

And what about your septic system?  With a good snow pack over your system, the insulating factor is excellent and nothing needs to be done unless you are noticing a sluggish drain or toilet when flushing. What can happen, though, is if you’ve not had sufficient snow to insulate the system yet the temperatures are steadily below freezing.

Temperatures that are that cold will seep into the ground, freezing the soil…and if it goes on long enough can reach deep into the ground and affect your septic system.  If you start having slow draining situations, contact The Drain Brain to check out what is happening.  Leaving a situation like this will potentially cause a more significant freeze up and resultant pipe breakage (which means a bigger and more expensive repair bill).

One other warning, if you do have snow covering your septic, do not remove the snow….leaving any part of the system exposed will subject it to potential freezing.

Tompkins County Plumber The Drain Brain

tompkins countyIn Tompkins County, you are most fortunate to have the expert, professional and knowledgeable services of The Drain Brain.  With their emergency services, free estimates, and quick response times, you will find that your plumbing problem is repaired and sorted out easily.

No more worrying and stress…let the plumbing services in Tompkins County bring you the services you really need, when you need them.  Prevention is always the best course of action and The Drain Brain can explain to you what needs to be done to provide you with peace of mind.

Plan ahead, stay aware, and protect your plumbing systems with insulation and proper covering for outside systems.  A broken pipe and the water damage that results it not something to look forward to.

Here we go again. The winter months are on their way. What’s the number one problem in the winter with plumbing? Right. Frozen pipes. Plumbing services in Ithaca spend a lot of time fixing frozen pipes and providing information on how to prevent this in the future.

Rather than experience pipe freezes, let’s look at some ways you can prevent a mess from occurring in your home. The Drain Brain realizes that things happen, and they will be available to you 24/7 for emergency services if needed. Our goal, though, is to educate homeowners in how to prepare and prevent damage. Frozen pipes can mean broken or burst piping, significant interior water damage, and a domino affect to neighboring pipes.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

If you’ve had frozen pipes in the past, then you know there is an issue. If those pipes were simply thawed out and not examined by a professional, it’s likely the problem will repeat itself at the most inopportune time.

frozen pipesMany frozen pipes result from the plumbing being on an outside uninsulated wall or in an uninsulated crawl space. Insulating the pipes and the wall will go a long way to providing you with a little better result. Using appropriate insulation is relatively inexpensive and easy to do. If you don’t, you could be facing an extensive plumbing repair bill.

Another way that pipes freeze is when you leave your property for extended periods, like going off on vacation for a week or so, and you turn your heating system down too low or even off. Obviously, no heat in the house will result in frozen pipes. Most people don’t actually turn the heat off when away, but power outages can shut down the electrical system to the house. Without electricity, most furnaces cannot operate. How long they are off line and not producing heat is tricky. Depending on the outside temperature, the wind chill, and the property’s insulation factor, the interior temperature can drop drastically in a few hours.

Long term power outages leave homes vulnerable to a multitude of weather related damages. Frozen pipes are so common. Other than having an automatic generator that would come on during such incidents, there is very little to be done. Considering the installation of a generator in most homes would help prevent nasty surprises and extensive repairs.

If you use a generator, be sure to operate it safely and follow all instructions. Generators must be located outside and away from any vents. An automatic generator will come on once the power outage occurs and will run your most needed accessories. The heating system is usually the first item that is hooked to the generator. This keeps your home comfortable, your family warm, and your pipes from freezing.

Kitchen and bathroom pipes are often the most likely to freeze. Many times the pipes had to be run against an exterior wall and over time the insulation can fail. This is especially true of older homes with blown in insulation. So there are times that frozen pipes can come as a surprise. Rodents can also chew through insulation and expose pipes or areas as they gather the material for their nests.

The Drain Brain

frozen pipes The Drain BrainYour Ithaca plumber specializing in home and business property is The Drain Brain. Building relationships with every customer and helping you prevent damage from occurring is of prime importance. There is no better way to prevent frozen pipes than to contact your plumbing services in Ithaca to evaluate your home’s plumbing.

The Drain Brain can inspect your home’s system, ferret out any potential problems, and provide you with an estimate to repair or protect your home. Most cases of frozen pipes are preventable. Don’t let this winter’s cold catch you unaware. Make the call now and be prepared.

November 11th, 2015

Winterize Your Septic System

Another winter is soon upon us, and planning ahead to be sure your septic system is working well needs to be a priority. Septic services in Ithaca are often inundated with clogged and frozen septics at the first deep cold nights. Don’t be one of those homes that requires emergency septic pumping services in Ithaca. Last minute and emergency services will cost extra, and most situations can be prevented.

Winterize Your Septic System

Now this does not mean you put anything into your septic or pipes (unless you are leaving a property vacant for the winter – check with your Ithaca plumber for recommendations). What this does mean, though, is that if you are seeing any slow moving drains, back ups, or other issues like leaking pipes, you should contact The Drain Brain to evaluate the systems.

septic services in IthacaSlow draining is often a sign of either clogged pipes or full septic tanks. Leaving these to fester into the deep cold of winter can result in serious damage to the system and your home. Attend to any plumbing concerns now before it’s too late.

Septic systems need to be covered sufficiently with soil (check your local town/country septic guidelines for depth information). If, for some reason, soil has been removed from the septic tank and piping areas, be sure to replace it right now. Don’t wait for the cold to get into the ground.

Next thing, many of us shovel and snow blow snow away from the foundation of our homes to prevent spring melting issues. Warning, do NOT clear snow away from the septic tank or the inlet/outlet pipes. The inlet pipe comes from the home’s foundation and goes directly into the tank. If this pipe is left exposed in any way, the potential for it freezing is increased.

A frozen septic pipe produces similar problems as a clogged pipe does. An Ithaca plumber will need to then dig out the pipe and provide a heating method to melt the ice and get things moving again. The natural snow cover acts as insulation to your septic tank and pipes, thus keeping the ground temperature there at a reasonable level. Preventing system freeze ups is much easier than the repair if you don’t.

Septic Services in Ithaca

The Drain Brain is the top plumbing service in Ithaca and can provide you with experience, professional and timely service even in emergency situations. The Ithaca area is one which includes many homes with septic systems. Homeowners need to pay particular attention to protecting their homes through all seasons, but particularly when the freezing temps are sure to become reality.

The Drain BrainIf your plumbing or septic develops problems or seems slugging, reaching out to plumbing services in Ithaca at the first notice of trouble will save you a lot of money and headache down the road. The winter is soon to be here, and we know the kind of temperatures endured in the area.

Frozen septic systems require extensive and expensive work to be done to unfreeze them, and you will still have to make significant efforts to protect the entire system once repairs are made. Don’t ignore any possible problems now. Take care of your plumbing system, be sure the septic area remains covered and protected. You will be happier knowing how to keep your home safe, dry and functioning as you expect.

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