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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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Great customer service. I had a problem with my toilet and they came out the same day to repair. Would definitely recommend
Frank D.
I had an emergancy and Zeek took care of it immediately and on short notice. Technicians were very proffessional. I will definetly use them again and will recomnend them to friends and family. Thier pricing was great also.
Michael A.
We highly recommend Zeek Plumbing! Within 24 hours of calling, Tim and Oliver arrived on time to replace our hot water heater and they were professional, polite and thorough. They worked quick (not fast) and clean and also corrected the prior improper installation of the overflow tank. Ryan even followed up to ensure we were happy and finalized all necessary paperwork. Everyone went above and beyond our expectations. Great job Zeek Plumbing, thank you!
Mary Alice S.
I recently had an almost fully clogged kitchen sink drain. I called Zeek Plumbing early in the morning and got a recording. I decided to not leave a message and would call back later. They took it upon themselves to call me back after seeing my number in their missed calls log. I explained the situation and was told they'd take care of it within a week; they arrived later that afternoon. The technician, Tim, and his partner (I unfortunately did not catch his name), worked incredibly hard to unclog the drain. They used multiple augers and auger heads, eventually running the snake 56 feet into the line until they finally were able to break through the clog after nearly three hours. Other technicians would likely have given up after a couple tries and recommend digging up the pipe, but Tim and his partner kept at it until the job was done. Tim asked me two or three times if I was satisfied with the job before he left. Pure professionalism all around. It got pricey in the end, but you get what you pay for. I couldn't recommend them more.
Michael T.
Thank you, Zeek Plumbing, for your quick response and excellent service on a water heater installation from June 2022.Tim came out the same day that I called when our hot water heater sprung a leak making a mess of the basement (other local companies I had called stated they were unable to come until 1-2 days later). He was so kind & knowledgeable! We had the choice to replace parts on our old unit, and possibly have to wait 2+ weeks for parts due to COVID supply chain issues, or replace the unit entirely. Tim took the time to explain the pros & cons to both without pressuring us. Steve gave us a quote over the phone and ultimately we chose to replace with a new Bradford White. Richard & Oliver showed up the following morning at 8AM. Service was quick, they left the area clean, and price was fair.
Jeannette F.
I had a good experience with Zeek. I contacted them to install a water softener. They put me in touch with the supplier, who tested by water and recommended a system. Then Zeek installed it. Rich patiently walked me through the ins-and-outs, and they were finished in just a few hours.I note that Zeek had to push back the installation date because they were late ordering of the water softener. But they apologized, set a new date, and got it all done. We all make mistakes; but it's those (like Zeek) that take responsibility and fix the issue that deserve repeat business.I'm already contacting Zeek again for other work that needs doing!
JC C
I had Zeek plumbing come. A guy Bill came and realized he could not do the job since cabinet had tiny opening for tiny person so he called another staff member to come. He knew exactly what the problem was . At first I thought maybe he did not want to do job or I had to call another company. I said to myself let me see and got call stating Oliver was going to do it but Tim would also help. They both came out and I liked both of them. They were both very nice , professional and fixed the problem . They were their for about an hour and a half and ended out charging me they said for 1 hour. I will know for sure when I get a bill from credit card , they gave me no paper statement or bill just told me verbally what I was going to be charged . I was recommended to use this company from my electrician . I recommend that a plumber always put paper or plastic boots on in front of customer. Their boots can really make marks on floors or carpet . Most customers would appreciate this and it is also a sign of respect for property . I recommend this company and would use them again soon .
shari G.
Zeek Plumbing's crew was on time, and fixed every issue I had. Reasonably priced and easy to communicate with. Nice, neat and knowledgeable guys. THANK YOU!
Manny R.
My new go-to for any plumbing needs. Everything about this experience was perfect. Bill was great!
Chris T.
Steve and his crew responded in hours. Bill was incredibly knowledgeable and courteous. Could not have been happier!!!
maureen D.
Had a great experience today with Zeek plumbing. Rich and Nick stopped by because my boiler was smoking and releasing smell into the basement. Turns out there were a few other things wrong with it. It’s a 30 year old unit that needs replacing but that’s not going to be for a while so I really needed the service. My appointment was scheduled for 8am and they were here at 7:53 which was great. Rich showed me everything he was doing as he fixed things and did his best to explain everything to me although honestly everything went right over my head. Still though I highly appreciated the explanation of everything! I’m happy to say that the boiler is running like a brand new unit. No odor, no delay and it was all done very quickly! I think the price was reasonable considering they were here for two hours. Also thought it was awesome that Rich played with my Dog and pet my ferret! Haha anyhow. I highly recommend these guys, very high level of professionalism. I had another company come out a few months ago for similar issue and it was not fixed at all… and the other things that Rich identified that should have been fixed were left to rot essentially. Anyway I highly recommend Zeek for your plumbing needs. They did a great job.
Leo S.
I highly recommend using Zeek Plumbing & Mechanical. They respond quickly to phone calls, are punctual and very knowledgeable about all aspects of your plumbing needs and concerns. Rich is personable and is an expert at completing the job from start to finish.
Geri

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