French Drains

A French drain is a system of piping installed beneath the ground that uses gravity to direct water away from a specific area. Whether the water is doing damage to a property or is standing for a period of time without being absorbed into the ground, a French drain coaxes the water to an alternative location that can handle the excess moisture.

French Drain Installation

The installation of a French drain consists of a few key steps:

• If the drain is being installed along the foundation of your home, our crew will dig a trench that is deeper than your foundation in order to keep water away from the structure. If the standing water is not near the foundation then an 18-24 inch deep trench that gradually increases in slope is dug from the affected area to the outlet location. This sloped trench encourages water to flow into and through it based on the laws of gravity.

• Perforated piping is installed alongside the foundation and throughout the length of the trench. This helps to direct all excess water in the area into the piping so that it can flow away from the foundation to the outlet point. Tar and insulation board are applied to the walls of the foundation that abut the French drain. These materials act as a sealant and prevent water from penetrating the walls in the future.

• The entire depth of the trench is back-filled with stone, which protects the pipe but allows water to enter the trench and be carried away from the structure.

Water Issues Corrected by French Drains

There are several reasons you may need to have a French drain installed on your property. French drains provide a solution to the following water issues

1. Flooding/Standing Water

If you have consistent flooding in a certain area of your yard after hard, heavy rain or if there is an area where water sits for days or weeks without being absorbed, a French drain will take care of the issue by giving the water somewhere to go to be absorbed or collected so that it will no longer do damage to the home or the lawn.

2. Damaged Foundations

Excess water lurking around the foundation of the home can create an expensive mess. If unabsorbed water enters into cracks in your foundation, it could cause flooding in your basement and create an ideal environment for mold and mildew to grow on the walls. French drains keep water away from your foundation and protect your home from water damage.

3.Damaged Outdoor Areas

Water damage is not limited to the foundation or inside of the home. When water isn’t being absorbed by the ground, it can create hazardous situations in and around your outdoor living area. Standing water can erode pavement on a patio area, attract mosquitoes, cause driveways to crack as the ground heaves up underneath, and create slick, slimy, or icy walkways and driveways. Each of these issues can be prevented with a French drain system installation.

Affordable Sanitation’s French Drain Experience and Process

Assessment: When a homeowner calls us with standing water on their lawn or water damage issues on their property, our professional team assesses the property and the damage to determine an appropriate solution to the problem. Often, a French drain system is the best way to alleviate the water issue. This initial visit and estimate are always free of charge to the customer.

Communication: We communicate with our clients every step of the way. From initial assessment, to total cost, to explaining our process and procedures, our clients know exactly what to expect from start to finish. We attempt to work around the schedules of the homeowners to ensure that the job gets done as quickly as possible without disrupting a family’s routine.

Experience: Our team of workers installs an average of 2 French drains per month and has extensive experience in the installation process. Typically, a French drain installation takes 1-2 days to complete; however, in some complicated circumstances, it can take longer.

If you suspect that your lawn needs a French drain system, leave it to the experts at Affordable Sanitation to complete the job in a timely and professional manner. Call us today at 1-800-371-3255.

Leach Field Repair

Sewer Doctor provides expert Leach Field Repair across Pittsburgh and Western PA.
If you notice any of the following, it could be an indication that your Leach Field is failing:

  • The grass over the leach field is greener than the rest of the yard.
  • There are noticeable odors in the yard.
  • The plumbing is or is becoming backed up.
  • The ground is wet, or appears “mushy” over the leach field.

When these signs are present, give the experts at Sewer Doctor a call . Our professional septic system technicians will ensure that you receive the highest quality work and that your leach field is fully repaired and functional.

Service locations include (but are not limited to): Pittsburgh and the following counties:Armstrong, Indiana, Westmoreland, Somerset, Washington, Fayetteville, Greene, Allegheny

Clogged Drain Cleaning & Video Service

Drain Clearing Services in Pittsburgh and Western PA

Signs and Causes of Clogged Drains

If your sinks, bathtubs, or showers are becoming slow to drain or holding water, you’re probably looking at a drain clog of some sort. Clogged toilets and floor drains are also a common problem when proper care and preventative measures are not taken. Household drains and toilets become clogged for a number of reasons:

Clogged Sink and Bath Drains:

  • Hair and grease buildups
  • Food particles
  • Objects that do not break down quickly or easily

Clogged Toilets:

  • Flushing non-flushable personal care products
  • First-generation, Low-Flow toilets (1990s)
  • Toilet trap clogged with toilet paper or foreign objects
  • Plumbing vent blocked by outside debris

Clogged Floor Drains:

  • A clog or backup in the main drain line
  • A backup due to a sewage line problem

Clogged Septic System:

  •  Placing food items or other materials that the system cannot process down the drain
  •  Tree roots growing into the sewage lines on your property

How to Deal with Clogged Drains

The majority of homeowners attempt to remedy a drain clog on their own before seeking help, and often, you can dislodge a toilet, sink, or bathtub clog using a plunger or drain clearing products sold in any grocery store. Fixing a clog on your own is convenient and cost effective; however, there are circumstances in which you should consult and hire a professional plumber to identify and fix the issue. Affordable Sanitation’s highly trained professionals have the tools, including a drain camera, to locate the source of the clog and safely and effectively remove it. A few reasons you should call in our professionals are:

 

  • Frequently recurring clogs- If store-bought products fail or work very temporarily, you’ll be pouring a large amount of caustic and corrosive chemicals down into your pipes. These chemicals, if overused, can damage pipes and cause much more costly problems.
  • Clogs that require tools like an electric eel or handheld snake- Unless you are trained in how to use these tools, you may cause severe damage to or even melt PVC piping.
  • Clogs in multiple toilets or drains at once-This may indicate a backup or clog in your main drain line and would require professional removal.
  • Floor Drain Clogs: These require the location of the clog in the main line before removal can occur. They are best located with a drain camera.
  • Clogs caused by septic system backup or tree root invasion-These types of clogs need the help of a professional septic pumping or drain clearing service.

How to Prevent Clogged Drains

The best way to deal with clogs is to prevent them in the first place. There are a few simple practices that will help to keep your pipes clear of clogs and backups:

 

  • Use a lint catcher in the sink or basin where your washing machine drains to prevent unnecessary matter from going into the pipes.
  • Stop food from going down sink drains by using a small screened strainer in the drain.
  • Wipe excess hair from sink basins or bathtubs and use screened strainers to catch hair where possible.
  • Do not pour cooking grease into your drains. Allow it to cool and harden in a jar or cup and then dispose of it in the garbage can.
  • Do not wash any hardening compound such as cement or grout down the drain. These materials will still “set-up” under water and create a rock solid clog.
  • Do not flush personal care products like floss, q-tips, diaper wipes, condoms, or tampons down the toilet.
  • Limit the use of toilet paper, especially in low-flow toilets.
  • If you have a septic system, be sure to avoid flushing or rinsing items like coffee grounds, diapers, food scraps, and chemicals into your drain system.

 

If you’re experiencing clogged drains and haven’t had success clearing them on your own, contact the professionals at Affordable Sanitation. We will be happy to answer your questions and give you advice about how to break up a clog. And as always, our highly trained team is ready to step in with the tools and knowledge to find and remove clogs of all kinds. Call us today!

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Sewer Line Replacement

Are you experiencing problems with your sewer line, and you’re not sure whether it needs repaired or replaced? While sewer lines can require repairs occasionally, there are times when it is more beneficial to replace your sewer line completely.

Sewer Line Replacement Services in Pittsburgh

Are you experiencing problems with your sewer line, and you’re not sure whether it needs repaired or replaced? While sewer lines can require repairs occasionally, there are times when it is more beneficial to replace your sewer line completely. Sewer Doctor provides expert Sewer Line Replacement Services in Pittsburgh and Western PA.Your sewer line replacement is a job that we take seriously at Sewer Doctors. A sewer line replacement requires not only the proper equipment, but skilled precision and the knowledge that can only come from years of experience and training. Our technicians are qualified and prepared to handle and sewer line job, and will evaluate your sewer line and discuss your options, whether a repair or a full sewer line replacement is needed.

Replacing a Sewer Line

Older Sewage System

Depending on how old your home is, your sewer line may be made out of clay pipes. If there has been a history of plumbing problems in the home, it may be time to replace your sewer line. Clay pipes are designed to last 50 to 60 years, however, there are factors which can affect their durability, and are by nature designed to wear out in time

Water in Toilet Levels Fluctuates

Clogged sewer lines cause water levels to change regularly. If the water in your toilet is constantly at a different level, it could be a cause for concern in your sewer line.

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Slow Drainage

If your sink or tub is taking longer than usual to drain, it could be a sign of clogged pipes. Older pipes are more likely to clog and slow down drainage. Using common household drain cleaning products can add to this problem, as many of them erode pipes when used over time.

Signs of Water Damage

Water damage can be seen in the form of stains or marks around your basement drain or the foundation of your home. If this is the case, the problem must be addressed immediately, before costly damage is done to your home’s foundation.

Damaged sewer lines can be disruptive, inconvenient, and even unhealthy. Trust the experts at Sewer Doctors with your sewer line replacement and experience the benefits of our knowledge and expertise. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

Service locations include: Pittsburgh and the following counties: Armstrong, Indiana, Westmoreland, Somerset, Washington, Fayette, Greene, Allegheny

Trenchless Sewer Repair

TRENCHLESS PIPELINING in Western PA

Sewer Doctors provides commercial and residential customers of Southwestern PA with the best alternative to costly excavation repairs, using state-of-the-art Perma-Liner equipment, along with highly trained certified technicians. With Sewer Doctors, no job is too big or too small.

What are Pipelining Services?

Also known as CIPP (cured-in-place pipe), pipelining is the method used to repair existing sewer and drain lines with zero to little digging.

The Lining Process

Our highly-certified techs start by using state-of-the-art sewer cameras to examine the damage within the existing pipe, then we use our high-pressure Hydro Jetter to rid the pipe of all debris. After all of the debris is removed, our certified techs will then re-camera the damaged line, taking measurements to ensure a clean and perfect fitting line every time. The next step is to take the dry lining material and introduce a 2-part epoxy resin inside of the liner, followed by spreading the resin within thoroughly.

We then take the coated liner and put it into our Air Power Inversion Machine, which inserts the liner inside-out onto the pipe, allowing the epoxy on the outside of the liner to harden and mold. This creates a new, jointless line in the existing pipe. Only one access point is required, which can be on the inside or the outside, within a cleaned out or open-ended pipe.

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After the liner has been inserted into the pipe, we then introduce a calibration tube inside the liner to hold it in place, to allow us to steam at 160 degrees and cure the liner in place. Once the liner has been cured, we then remove the calibration tube, and do a final video inspection to ensure that the liner is fully functional.

Sewer Doctors is dedicated to delivering only state-of-the-art sewer pipe lining and quality workmanship in the replacement process. We pride ourselves in providing excellent customer service for each and every job from start to finish.

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Clogged Toilet

There are many reasons that a toilet could be clogged, even on a regular basis. If water is backing up in your toilet or bubbling, the chances are good that your clog is related to your sewer line.A clogged toilet can be a sign of a sewer drain clog, which is considered a serious emergency. Your toilet has a direct path to your sewer, as well as being the largest drain line on your property. If, when flushing the toilet, you notice water backing up into a tub or shower, then this is a clear sign that there is a problem with the sewage system, and it is important to deal with the clogged toilet as soon as possible.

Sewer Doctors is the Tri-State area’s leading experts in Sewer Services. If you are experiencing a clogged toilet that you suspect may be related to your sewer system, give us a call immediately. Our certified technicians will not only solve the problem of your clogged toilet, but get to the root of the problem and prevent the best solution that will save you time and money down the road.

If you have questions regarding your sewer system or are experiencing problems with a clogged toilet, contact us today and schedule a
visit.

Service locations include (but are not limited to): Pittsburgh and the following counties: Armstrong, Indiana, Westmoreland, Somerset, Washington, Fayette, Greene, Allegheny

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Sewer Line Locating

Sewer line locating allows you to have an exact location of your main sewer drain pipe, as well as its depth and direction. It is typically used when there is a need to diagnose whether a repair or a replacement is necessary. Finding the sewer pipe or main drain line is essential to correctly identifying and addressing the damage as well as performing the proper repairs.

What Is Sewer Line Locating?

Sewer line locating allows you to have an exact location of your main sewer drain pipe, as well as its depth and direction. It is typically used when there is a need to diagnose whether a repair or a replacement is necessary. Finding the sewer pipe or main drain line is essential to correctly identifying and addressing the damage as well as performing the proper repairs.

Why Do I Need Sewer Line Locating?

If you are a new homeowner, it is a good idea to know the exact location of your sewer line, so that any landscaping such as pool excavation or planting does not damage the line. If you are an existing homeowner, having a clear understanding of the direction as well as the condition of the main sewer line will also give you a good idea of its condition and whether any repairs are necessary.

If you are planning on any major remodeling projects such as adding a porch or deck, expanding your driveway, or adding on to your home, it is required that you know the exact location of your sewer line.

Sewer Doctor’s Sewer Locating Services

Attempting to locate your sewer line yourself involves a lot of guesswork. Sewer Doctor’s Sewer Locating Services allow you to accurately pinpoint the exact location of your main sewer line quickly and efficiently.

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The experts at Sewer Doctor is not only experienced in what it takes to locate a main sewer line, but are equipped with the latest technology, so that you can be sure that the information you have is accurate. Our team is not only skilled in locating sewer lines, but can provide repair and replacement services when necessary.

Knowing the location of your sewer line can save precious time when repairs are necessary. Don’t wait until there is a problem – contact the experts at Sewer Doctor today and let our Sewer Locating Services provide you with the exact location of your sewer line.

Service locations include: Pittsburgh and the following counties: Armstrong, Indiana, Westmoreland, Somerset, Washington, Fayette, Greene, Allegheny

Pump Repair Replacement

Affordable Sanitation has been installing and replacing septic tank pumps across Pittsburgh and Western PA since 1991. With excellent workmanship and materials that meet the highest quality of standards, we are confident that we can repair your septic pump with a minimum of disruption to your home or business. If your pump is in need of replacement, you can be sure that your new pump exceeds industry standards and will meet your needs. Pumps we repair and replace include:

Dosage Pumps

Your dosage pump is designed to take the water that spills over from the septic tank into the dosage tank. Control switches are used to turn the pump off and on, and the tank generally requires an alarm that serves as an alert in the event of high water. The gases inside the tank can be very corrosive. When water is high in the dosage tank, your septic system is unable to process the waste, or could possibly be taking on ground water. If this happens, it is important to contact Affordable Sanitation right away so that our experts can get your dosage pump in working order.

Grinder Pumps

An important part of your sewage system, your grinder pump is responsible for “grinding” down waste particles, sending them away from your home and into the septic system. The wastewater reaches the tank connected to this pump, which is activated once the tank reaches its fill line. It is important not to attempt to repair your grinder pump yourself, as it can cause damage to your system, or worse, lead to electrical shock. If you suspect your grinder pump is not functioning as it should, contact the professionals at Affordable Sanitation, who will be happy to get your system up and running again!

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Sump Pumps

Affordable Sanitation has the tools and the experience to assist residential, commercial, and municipal customers with their sump pump replacement and repair needs. Whether you are looking to have a new pump installed, repair an older one, or perform maintenance on an existing one, we will ensure that your sump pump is performing to its full capabilities. Your sump pump is responsible for pumping waste into your septic tank, and it is important to have the right pump that can handle solids easily. Contact the experts at Affordable Sanitation to ensure that your sump pump will give you years of clog-free service.

Service locations include (but are not limited to): Pittsburgh and the following counties: Armstrong, Indiana, Westmoreland, Somerset, Washington, Fayette, Greene, Allegheny

Clogged Sewer

Regardless of what is causing your sewer line clog, Affordable Sanitation’s Sewer Doctors have the tools and the experience to get to the root of the problem and get your sewer lines flowing freely again.

There are many different reasons why sewer drains can become clogged, including:

  • Roots from trees or other plants
  • Grease that has been poured down the drain
  • Defective or deteriorating pipes
  • Household items flushed down the drain

If your sewer line is clogged, it will slow down, and eventually become backed up, which is considered a serious problem. Signs that your sewer line may be clogged are:

  • Foul odor(s) coming from your drains
  • Clogs in multiple plumbing fixtures
  • Water backing up into tub when flushing toilet
  • Toilet is bubbling when flushed.

If you notice any of the above signs, or suspect that your sewer lines may be clogged, contact the Sewer Doctors at Affordable Sanitation to schedule an appointment. One phone call today can save a lot of time and money down the road!

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Regardless of what is causing your sewer line clog, Affordable Sanitation’s Sewer Doctors have the tools and the experience to get to the root of the problem and get your sewer lines flowing freely again. Our certified technicians will not only take care of the immediate problem, but diagnose your sewer lines to ensure that there are no other blockages remaining.

Septic Repair & New Installation

Installing a new sewer line or system is not a project that you can tackle yourself. It is crucial that a new sewer system be installed by a licensed and qualified professional, one who is familiar with all of the local codes, regulations, and procedures that must be in place, so that the job is done not only properly, but legally. An illegal or improperly installed sewer system can not only be a hazard to your health and your property, but can cost you significantly to correct the damage.

Leach Field Repair

Sewer Doctors provides expert Leach Field Repair across Pittsburgh and Western PA.If you notice any of the following, it could be an indication that your Leach Field is failing:

  • The grass over the leach field is greener than the rest of the yard.
  • There are noticeable odors in the yard.
  • The plumbing is or is becoming backed up.
  • The ground is wet, or appears “mushy” over the leach field.

When these signs are present, give the experts at Sewer Doctors a call. Our professional septic system technicians will ensure that you receive the highest quality work and that your leach field is fully repaired and functional.

New Installation

Installing a new sewer line or system is not a project that you can tackle yourself. It is crucial that a new sewer system be installed by a licensed and qualified professional, one who is familiar with all of the local codes, regulations, and procedures that must be in place, so that the job is done not only properly, but legally. An illegal or improperly installed sewer system can not only be a hazard to your health and your property, but can cost you significantly to correct the damage.

The experts at Sewer Doctors have the equipment and the knowledge to address your new sewer installation needs. Our trained professionals operate under the codes and guidelines of the municipalities that we are installing new sewer systems in. Our job is to not only do the job right so that your sewer system serves your needs and is built to last, but to do so in a way that is professional as well as legal.

When it comes to new sewer system installation in and around the Pittsburgh area, the professional, licensed, and certified team at Sewer Doctors is here to provide you with the best service possible. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Service locations include: Pittsburgh and the following counties: Armstrong, Indiana, Westmoreland, Somerset, Washington, Fayetteville, Greene, Allegheny