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We Separate the Minor Inconveniences from the Major Headaches

Experiencing a backed-up or sluggish drain, a non-flushing toilet, or an unpleasant odor in your yard or basement? You’re not alone! As temperatures drop, Horizon Services often witnesses a surge in service calls related to drains, sewers, and water lines. Particularly in our service areas covering Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Gloucester, Camden, and Burlington County New Jersey, and Northeastern Maryland, recent heavy rainfall and flooding have brought latent issues with drains, sewers, and water lines to the forefront.

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Let’s face it—numerous issues can arise in your home’s drainage system. Accumulated waste over the years can lead to significant obstructions, while aging pipes and seals may crack, corrode, or collapse. Tree roots might infiltrate sewer and water lines, presenting challenges that demand substantial repairs and expenses.

However, the silver lining is that a majority of drain, sewer, and water line problems are not as dire. Many can be easily and affordably addressed, and better yet, most are preventable. Minor incidents, such as objects falling into pipes, clogs from improper disposal in sinks or toilets, and frozen pipes during colder weather, are often the culprits behind the majority of these issues.

Identifying The Problem

The initial step involves identifying the issue. A visual examination of sinks, tubs, showers, toilets, and pipes often unveils the source of the problem. If the issue doesn’t lie deep within your drains or lines, there’s a high likelihood that you can address it on your own—or, at the very least, guide your drain or sewer/water line repair professional in the correct direction upon their arrival, potentially saving both time and money.

Clogged Sinks or Toilets

In instances of blocked sinks or toilets refusing to flush, if a plunger fails to resolve the issue, the cause likely lies deeper in the pipeline. Utilizing a plumber’s snake or coiled wire (readily available at most hardware stores) allows you to probe into the drain, reaching areas beyond the capability of a standard plunger. Should this method prove ineffective, the next course of action might involve removing the toilet bowl or sink to access the main pipe. Given the delicacy of this task, it is advisable to seek the assistance of a professional plumber or drain specialist at this stage.

Frozen Pipes

During colder temperatures, frozen pipes often lead to sluggish or blocked drains. This is particularly prevalent when homeowners lower the thermostat significantly, especially during extended absences. Slow-moving, cold water is prone to freezing and expanding, resulting in blockages that exert mounting pressure on the pipes. To address this, insulate the pipes with specialized wrap heat tape, leaving it in position for a minimum of 24 hours or until the obstruction is resolved. Additionally, consider maintaining a higher thermostat setting to ensure the circulation of warm water, especially when you plan to be away for an extended period.

Boiler Noise

If you find that your boiler starts making a noise, this is probably because of hot spots forming due to a build-up of steam, caused in turn by air building up in the system. The hot spots sometimes make banging noises when they get too hot, which is where the noise in the boiler comes from. The root cause of the build-up of air is a lack of water in the system, but it can also be caused by a build-up of scale on the inner surface of the boiler, in which case feed a boiler cleanser into the expansion.

The drain cleaning and sewer/water line repair professionals at Horizon Services encourage all homeowners especially cognizant, vigilant, and proactive in the maintenance of their home’s drains, pipes, and lines. Be aware of what you are putting down sinks, garbage disposals, and toilets — particularly large solid objects, grease, and hair. Keep your eyes and ears open for the signs of drain, sewer, and water line damage or obstruction. Insulate your pipes in cold weather. If you suspect a problem, don’t delay — call a drain cleaning or sewer & water line contractor immediately to fix the problem before it becomes large and expensive.

Contact Horizon Services

Boasting more than three decades of service expertise, we’ve assisted numerous homeowners in the Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Gloucester, Camden, and Burlington County NJ, as well as Northeastern Maryland areas with their plumbing requirements. Our team of plumbing professionals comprises some of the most seasoned and highly skilled plumbers currently operating in the Delaware Valley. These are top-tier plumbing technicians equipped to precisely diagnose and promptly address any plumbing issues. Plumbing emergencies are our specialty! Schedule online today!


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