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Never Ignore Warning Signs of a Sewer Line Clog

Possible Sewer Line Disruption due to Tree Roots

Do You Fear That Your Sewer Line is Backed Up?

 

Common red flags that suggest a sewer line clog:

 

  • Gurgling sounds coming from the drain
  • Toilets constantly running
  • Water backing up out of a drain or toilet
  • Foul odor may be apparent, starting in the basement

 

What causes sewer lines to clog?

 

  • Tree roots – Tree roots are the primary cause of a clogged sewer line, especially in older homes. The trees in the yard can actually crush the pipes in the ground. Slow-flowing drains and gurgling noises from the plumbing, usually toilet bowls, are often the first signs that your sewer system is being affected by tree roots.
Tree roots may be the cause of broken sewer line pipes
Tree Roots Crushing Sewer Line Piping

If you don’t take action to remove the roots, a complete sewer line block may occur! Even if the area directly above your sewer lines is free of trees, roots from a neighboring yard may be the cause of your sewer problem.

 

  • Grease – Pouring grease down the drain may lead to a sewer line clog. Grease and fat, although liquid when poured down your drain, can harden within your plumbing. collecting debris and creating a stubborn clog.

 

  •  Flushing anything down the toilet (besides toilet paper and waste)Don’t use your toilet like a trash can! Flushing facial tissues, napkins, paper towels, baby wipes, diapers, and other waste down your toilet can create clogs.

 

  • Broken sewer lines – The average lifespan of a sewer line is 40-60 years. Over time, the sewer lines may begin to sag.

 

Tree roots may crush and break sewer line pipes
Potential Sewer Line Disruption due to Tree Roots

If your home is older, broken, cracked or collapsed lines may cause a sewer backup. Plastic sewer lines have now become the norm. Many older homes still have cast iron and clay piping that can break down over the years and create sewer problems.

 

Diagnosing your sewer problem…

Zeek Plumbing would first snake the drain in an effort to clear the clog. This clean out, many times, solves the problem. If not, we recommend using a camera to inspect the line.

Our licensed plumbers can repair your sewer line leak or clog. Serving clients throughout Morris County and surrounding areas in Northern New Jersey.
Water Jet to Snake Drain

Zeek Plumbing will conduct a camera inspection to show you if the problem is inside the house or outside in the yard. By running the camera down your line, the condition of the piping may be seen, as well as, any damage. A camera, or video inspection, will pinpoint the cause of your sewer backup and show the exact location of the blockage. Then we can prescribe the most appropriate, safest, and least expensive solution!

 

Do not wait for a complete failure of your sewer line!

It is understandable that a property owner may not want to deal with potential sewer line issues as it can be stressful and costly. Sewer lines trouble will only worsen over time, so it is best to diagnose the issue quickly.  Most importantly, address any troubling red flags immediately in order to prevent a major problem.

Should you wish to consult with one of our licensed plumbers, please contact Zeek Plumbing at (866) 635-0200. We would be happy to diagnose any sewer problems and discuss your options.

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Kelly M
A huge thank you to Zeke Plumbing for helping my family, and our old home, on multiple occasions! The response time is consistently fast and the work is done properly. I also very much appreciate the honest proposals as to what is needed and options to get the job done properly, efficiently and cost effective. Thank you!
Lisa G.
We woke up this morning to water pouring out of our toilet, all of over the floor, down the to the basement, we were PANICKED! I called Zeek Plumbing and Steve was able to identify the problem over the phone and dispatch someone to come immediately to help us fix the issue. Within an hour everything was fixed and in working order. We're so grateful for the responsiveness and professionalism of his team.
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Huge thank you to Tim (and Steve for coordinating) from Zeek Plumbing & Mechanical. We had a plumbing emergency and Tim was here within 1 hour of calling on a Saturday morning. I highly recommend this company!
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I've used Zeek Plumbing several times now and they always do a great job whether its replacing a sump pump or working on an old furnace. Every time I've called they were able to come out very quickly and get the problem fixed.
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Tim and RJ were awesome! They squeezed us in and took their time to resolve the issues we originally called for and more. They went above and beyond, were extremely fair, thorough and very professional. My parents have had wonderful experiences with them as well. I highly recommend using Zeek!
Jenna S.
Great plumbers, would 100% recommend. Everyone is very friendly and very knowledgeable. This is our second time using Zeek and we will continue using them.
Monica G.
This is the plumber to call if h\ypu are looking fir one. I called in the morning after a flood. They were out Fixing flood and ponding water when I called but Zeek still managed to make it to our house for the repair. Can't say enouch good about them!!!!
maureen R.
My husband and I had our shower temporarily repaired by the incredibly kind and patient Rich and Ron. Our hot water knob would not shut off, and after trying to fix it ourselves— it turned out this was a job for the professionals. We tried calling a few plumbers in the area— naturally we ended up calling quite a few “not so confident” plumbers who didn’t even want to take the time to look at it in the Morris County NJ area. We have a 2 month old and having the water shut off to the entire house wouldn’t have been the best for us. We let Zeek know our situation and they told us they’d give us a call if their schedule opened up. I can tell you— they did not disappoint. They called us with availability as soon as it opened up and Rich and Ron came to the rescue. I was expecting a temporary repair anyway because our shower is on the older side and needs some detailed TLC. What I was not expecting was how quick and efficient the temporary fix took. Rich quickly made the diagnosis, let us know what was going on and patched it up for us. We can now run water to the house again, and take a shower— which was our goal! We are currently awaiting a complete service to replace a few things in order to have this shower running for many more years to come. I will update this review when that service is performed. Thank you Rich and Ron!
Kaitlyn O.
If ever you are in need of a plumber, look no further than Zeek Plumbing. We had a water leak going from the street to the house hook up. The repair was completed in an efficient and professional manner and the people were a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend and will definitely use them again.
Sharee C.
Zeek has done good work for me in the past. Most recently they came through and were unable to complete a job to no fault of their own. Turns out I have a much bigger problem on my hands that none of us expected to find. They made things right and I will be calling them again for work in the future.
Michael S.
I noticed a small leak in our kitchen ceiling and knew it was the upstairs toilet which was very old. I called a ton of plumbers and left messages. Zeek was the 1st plumber to call me back early Monday morning and advised me on next steps so we could get the new toilet installed and taken care of. The two reps were knowledgeable, friendly, explained the issue, what they found and what they were doing. They were also super sweet to my toddler. Price for install was on par with what they had quoted. Highly recommend and will use again (hopefully not for a leak).
Aimee D.

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