Sewer Inspection and Repair

repairing a sewer line

If your sewer line is clogged or damaged, it can cause serious problems for your home and property. Issues flushing your toilet, bad smells, and flooding in your yard can all occur unless you attend to the issue immediately. In this article, we’ll discuss different problems you may have with your sewer system, how to identify a damaged sewer system, and how to prevent future damage.

Sewer Mainline Damages

  • Tree roots have invaded: tree roots often break their way into sewer lines in search of water. While tree roots may not sound strong enough to break through the pipes, trust us, they will slowly push their way in.
  • Sewer line is clogged: clogs can be caused by improper drainage, tree roots, bellied sewer lines, or simply flushing the wrong things down the toilet.
  • Bellied sewer line: A bellied (sagging) sewer line often occurs when loose soil around the line shifts. This can cause water to stand in the belly, which will slow the flow of water, capturing solid materials. These materials will eventually accumulate, causing a clog. A minor belly often causes few problems, but will usually worsen with time.
  • Broken sewer pipe: Pipes can break for a variety of reasons, including tree roots, frozen ground, or shifting soil. If your pipe breaks, your sewage could drain very slowly, or worse, seep into your yard.
  • Frozen sewer line: In extreme conditions sewer lines may freeze, creating an ice clog. This is a very serious problem, because water expands as if freezes, which can cause the pipes to burst.
  • Backup: A clogged pipe or a damaged system, along with an excess of precipitation can cause sewer backup.

How to identify a sewer problem

In the case of sewer issues, there are a few telltale signs. The first, and most obvious is the terrible stench that could arise from your yard. You may also have standing water in your yard, making the problem much worse. If the problem has continued for a long time, you may notice that the grass above the sewer line displays a difference in thickness or color from the rest of the grass on the property.

Inside the house, you may notice a gurgling sound coming from your sinks. This can often be accompanied by an unpleasant smell. Finally, you will likely notice that water is not draining as quickly as it once did.

Sewer locating service

Sometimes, the sewer line is difficult to locate. Don’t worry, we’ll help find your sewer line and show you how to identify it in the future

Camera Inspections

Once you’ve realized that you may need your sewer system repaired, give us a call. We’ll start with a camera inspection, running a camera into the sewer line to give us a visual of the damages. From there, we can decide the best course of action. A camera inspection can save time and money by preventing an unnecessary excavation.

Sewer Repair

In the case of a simple clog, a drain rodding machine can be used to clear the pipes of debris and tree roots. More severe clogs may require hydro-jetting, which utilizes a water jet system to blast the pipes clean.

Actual damages to the lines, however, will require more drastic measures, including relining, or replacing the sewer line. This can become very costly. That’s why we recommend:

Preventative Maintenance

  • Always call Suburban Plumbing Experts at the first sign of a problem. A camera inspection and a simple rodding or hydro-jetting can save you quite a lot in the long run
  • Be careful of what you flush. Paper towels, feminine products, and excessive amounts of toilet paper can result in clogs.
  • Allow water to drip in extreme cold. It is much harder to freeze running water than stagnant water.
  • Regular rodding may be required. Talk to your technician about the general state of your sewer line and how to best maintain it.

Emergency Sewer Service

Suburban Plumbing Experts is available 24/7. Even if you run into an issue in the middle of the night, you can give us a call. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will become. What could be fixed with a simple rodding tonight, might require a replacement tomorrow.

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Vacuum Pumping Service

Vacuum Pumping Service

vacuum pumping truck


Vacuum Pumping Service your Catch Basin


The Chicago Plumbing Experts have the Vacuum Pumping Service equipment that is needed to properly care for your catch basin. It needs to be maintained with the use of a pump truck in order to be prepared for severe storms and heavy rain. We are equipped with several pumping units that offer a forceful vacuum that will successfully suck all of the debris, dirt, sand, and particles from your catch basin. From restaurants and universities to homes and parking lots, we offer catch basin vacuum-pumping of all degrees and intensity.


Vacuum Pumping Service your Septic Tank


The professionals at the Chicago Plumbing Experts offer 4000-gallon and 5000-gallon pump trucks for all of your Vacuum Pumping Service needs. Our pump trucks have state-of-the-art features that are designed to create a superior performance that is unsurpassed in the plumbing and sewer industry. With the best Vacuum Pumping Service equipment, we provide our customers with high performance sucking action that is guaranteed to increase productivity and successfully clear out your pipes. Call now and schedule an appointment for your vacuum-pump truck today!

 Vacuum Pumping Service Grease & Debris Removal


Vacuum Pumping Service for grease & debris removal is an essential part of any residential home or commercial business. Grease is not allowed to be discharged into the city’s public sanitary system. It also cannot be brought to a conventional treatment plant.

After we complete your vacuum pumping service, all the grease and debris that we collect in our tank must be brought to a specific facility that is designed and specialized for processing. These strict laws make grease and debris removal somewhat expensive. This creates an overall inconvenience, not only to the person or company that is disposing of the grease, but to the person or company from which it came from. We work hard to minimize costs so that we can pass on our savings to you.

Vacuum Pumping Service Maintenance Programs

Preventive maintenance programs are a unique service that offers a Vacuum Pumping Service maintenance cleaning either annually or every six months. These programs allow you to project your drain cleaning expenses and help with accurate budget forecasts.

Preventative Maintenance is essential because it helps to prevent sewer problems such as debris and sludge build up, flooded basements, sewer backups, and expensive cleanup costs. It also prevents sewer and drain emergencies that can interrupt your business. With regular maintenance service, you can stop problems before they become emergencies. A preventative maintenance program will help to extend the life of your storm lines and sanitary lines both inside and outside of your building. This allows you to minimize unexpected downtime that has the potential to cause major problems within your company.

Our Vacuum Pumping Service maintenance programs will let you budget for sewer and drain maintenance and let you schedule your service at a time that is convenient for you and your workers. We offer our vac-pumping services to both residential and commercial property owners. Call now to get started on the creation of your preventative maintenance contract today!

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Hydro Jetting

Hydro Jetting

hydro jetting

What is Hydro Jetting?

So many people have heard of the term ‘hydro jetting’ when it comes to plumbing; but how many people know exactly what it is? Hydro jetting is the high-powered stream of water that rushes through your pipes to unblock any clogs or build-ups that may be in the way of free-flowing water. Water is a very powerful tool in plumbing. Just as awful as it can be when water becomes a problem or emergency in your home, it can also save the day! A hydro-jetter is a machine that shoots out water with high pressures of up to 4,000 psi! If you are having problems with your sewer or pipes, this may be the better fix. Many people jump to the conclusion that their sewer needs to be repaired or replaced when it just needs a good hydro jetting. It is also easier on the pockets.




How does hydro jetting work?

Almost every single home that is made has something called a cleanout. This is a bigger opening located somewhere around your home to help plumbers get to your pipes more easily to better rid them of any clogs or debris that may be stopping your free flowing water. A hydro jetter has a large tank of water connected to a hose and when the nozzle is turned on it is placed in the cleanout and shoots out water with pressures up to 4,000 psi at 18 gpm. The water in your home naturally flows in a downstream current. Hydro jetting it shot out to defy gravity and go against that current to knock loose any clogs or debris in your plumbing system. When the water breaks up the clog it will then travel back downstream and right out into the sewer.


Can I just get my pipes rodded out?

Sometimes a typical rodder can unclear any clogs, debris, or roots that are blocking your pipes from free flowing water. However, a hydro jetter would come in to play when you need more than a solid snake. A rodder is a very efficient tool but sometimes isn’t enough to entirely clear out an awful blockage in your system. A hydro jetter blasts through the entire perimeter of your sewer pipes for a very powerful cleaning. A simple camera inspection done by your Chicago Plumbing Experts plumber can determine what tool your pipes need to address your plumbing needs.

By |September 5th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

Why is PVC pipe better than copper pipe?

Why is PVC pipe better than COPPER pipe?Plumber with copper pipe

Have you ever noticed the plumbing in your home? Are the pipes plastic (PVC) or COPPER? Many people do not noticed the plumbing in their home until something goes wrong. Even then it goes unnoticed until a plumber comes out and takes a look. Plastic (PVC) piping is becoming more and more common these days in residential and commercial homes, and not without good cause!! So is PVC pipe better then COPPER pipe? Plastic (PVC) piping has proven to be the better choice among plumbers, homeowners, and businesses alike.

Does PVC piping cost more than COPPER piping?

The first great reason that PVC pipe is the better choice over COPPER pipe is cost! PVC piping is becoming more and more inexpensive while COPPER prices are consistently on the rise. In fact, since the recession, businesses have filed more than 25,000 insurance claims from stolen COPPER piping last year alone. As for residential homes? Over 3 million residential homes have been affected by stolen COPPER.  Although insurance will take care of your costs, the problem of being without plumbing for a while still remains. If you have a leaky pipe or need plumbing work, it is suggested that you switch to PVC piping if COPPER is in your home.

Does PVC piping last longer than COPPER piping?

When it comes to PVC vs. COPPER many wonder how long it will last. Unlike PVC, COPPER is metal based. When water and air mix, corrosion will slowly take effect. Over time, the COPPER will completely disappear. Many times a small leak due to corrosion goes unnoticed until it becomes and huge leak and emergency services are needed.

Why is PVC piping ideal?

Plumber cutting PVC pipe

When it comes time for a plumber, no one wants to spend their entire day at home while the plumber is working on their pipes. PVC piping is easier and faster to fit than COPPER piping. This is due to the flexibility of the plastic (PVC). In many instances, it can take only 5 seconds to fix a PVC pipe as opposed to 40 seconds to fix COPPER piping.


Is PVC piping better than COPPER piping during the winter months?

Both PVC piping and COPPER piping can withstand the cold at a somewhat even level. However, the metal-based seems to attract the cold at faster rates and makes it stick around a little longer. This is another reason plactic is the preferred piping method. PVC piping is more durable and flexible and can expand far more than COPPER so it will not split as quickly or easily as COPPER.


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Why does my hot water heater leak?

Hot Water Heater – How does it work?

Hot Water HeaterMany people know they have a hot water heater but do not really think about it unless it stops working. It could be that one cold February morning when you wake up late for work and hop in the shower, only to realize that the hot water is not working! It could be having a sink full of dirty dishes with no other option but to clean them, and turning on the water for several minutes before you realize it’s just not getting hot. Taking an icy cold shower or washing your dishes in icy cold water can truly make one appreciate a hot water heater. In most cases, it is not appreciated at all until it stops working.

On the top of every hot water heater there are two different sets of pipes. One set are the supply pipes and the other set are the delivery pipes. Just as you may guess, the supple pipes supply your tank with all of the cold water it needs to work. The delivery pipes take the newly heated water from the top of the tank and deliver it through to the source in which you require hot water. There is a drain cock at the bottom of every water heater that allows you to drain the tank. There is also a valve on the supply pipe that allows the homeowner to turn off the hot water while still having full usage of the cold water in your home.

Why is my hot water heater leaking from the bottom?

To most, the extent of our knowledge of a hot water heater stops at ‘it heats my water’. A standard hot water heater holds 40 to 60 gallons of water and will store the hot water in the tank until it is ready for use. Most work with fuel and have an exhaust system or a “vent pipe” to carry out any gas smells around your home. Many tanks are steel but are lined with glass on the inside. This is to help prevent corrosion although it is not a miracle lining and eventually rust may occur. To further prevent corrosion, a magnesium anode rod is put in to corrode instead of the steel on the tank corroding. Because this rod is made to corrode, it should be checked annually and promptly replaced if necessary. This preventative maintenance will help you add on more years to the life of your hot water heater. Corrosion is the number one reason that hot water heaters must be replaced. A handy man may give you a few temporary fixes to help stop leaking, however, there is no permanent fix to this problem as the water heater must be replaced.

Why is my hot water heater leaking from the top?

Water HeaterYour standard hot water heater has a temperature and pressure valve on top of it to relief pressure in case it gets too hot or the pressure gets too high. The valve has a lever on it that you can lift up and relief the pressure yourself. Because the valve is spring loaded, it can cause a leak if a particle has worked its way in to the spring and caused the valve to open. If the pipe or valve is where your hot water tank is leaking, it can be repaired! If the tank itself is leaking, I’m afraid it may have to be replaced.
So, repair or replace my hot water heater?

*In short, if your hot water heater is leaking from a pipe, valve, or plumbing; it can most likely be repaired. If the tank itself it leaking, it’s time to be safe and replace it.

By |September 18th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Why does my hot water heater leak?|