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Here’s how to keep your main sewer line from clogging

A home sewer line clog can mean big problems for homeowners here in Hayward. When a sewer line can no longer effectively drain water and waste away from your home, that said water and waste has to go somewhere. If too much water accumulates, you could be looking at a disastrous home flooding situation.

If you're experiencing sewer line problems, it's time to call in a professional plumber.Thanks to quick, smart action on the part of the homeowner, most sewer line blockage incidents don’t rise to that level of destruction. Still, keep this in mind: if you even suspect that your home’s sewer line has been clogged or obstructed, shut off the water and call the plumbers at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing immediately.

In this article, we’ll review some of the reasons you need to deal with sewer clogs immediately, some of the signs of blockages to look for, and some preventative measures you can take to prevent sewer clogs in your home and on your property.

Understanding the root causes of sewer line issues

In order to put an effective prevention plan into place, you should understand the main sewer line clog causes. Knowing the most frequent reasons for these blockages can help you avoid creating the conditions that lead to them.

1. Avoid using your toilet as a garbage disposal

People often create issues in their home plumbing by using their toilets as all-purpose waste bins. You shouldn’t throw anything in your toilet that you would normally deposit in a trash can.

2. Keep a separate disposal container for kitchen grease

Even if you run the water while you pour kitchen grease down the drain, the oil will tend to block your pipes once it solidifies. A simple way to keep your sewer line clean is to put grease in a separate container, such as a glass jar with a lid that you can later throw away.

3. Check for potential issues on your property

At ABC Cooling Heating & Plumbing, we often see how insidious tree roots can invade pipes. Many homeowners don’t suspect trees on their property could be culprits in a sewage block. However, trees growing close to residential pipes can cause sewer line problems.

4. Don’t rely on commercial drain cleaners to resolve a clog

Although drain cleaners are marketed as effective ways to clear up a clogged pipe, these products can sometimes exacerbate the problem. A simple blockage can become worse if you dump the wrong chemical down your pipes.

Know when to call a professional

What you do with your home drains is directly connected to what happens with your main sewer line, which is the plumbing that leads to the public sewer system. If all of your home drains are blocked, this could be a sign of a clogged sewer line.

Contact the expert plumbers at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing when you suspect an obstruction has reached your main sewer line. Our trained professionals have the tools and the know-how to properly resolve your plumbing issue without creating any additional damage.

With our team, stopping leaks in your home is as easy as A-B-C

Whether it’s a faucet that won’t stop dripping, a toilet that keeps running, or a ceiling stain that continues to grow, there is often nothing worse to a homeowner than a leak. Left unchecked, stray water can cause damage that may not be easy to repair. Stopping leaks needs to be your top priority as a homeowner.

Fortunately, if you’re looking for plumbers in Hayward, ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing has the Bay Area covered. Give us a call for service!

Stopping leaks starts with calling a professional plumber

Left unchecked, water leaks can cause serious damage. Stopping leaks is a job best left to a professional plumber.

Drip, drip, drop

In many cases, a leak is easy to spot. Maybe it’s a pool of water emerging from under your dishwasher or the puddle of mud collecting by the outside faucet.

These kinds of problems do not always involve a straightforward fix and can cause significant issues if left alone. If possible, find the shutoff valve closest to the leak to minimize water damage before calling one of our plumbers in to take a look at the problem.

Hunting and stopping leaks

Hiding inside your walls and above your ceilings are a web of hot and cold water pipes that, over time, can develop leaks. These often invisible threats cause damage that can be expensive to repair, and—if left alone—can lead to mold or other hazards. Here are some ways to easily identify if there is unwanted water flow:

  • Brown spots spreading on the ceiling
  • Puddles or staining on the floor
  • Bubbling paint spots
  • Dripping noises behind walls or ceiling
  • The sound of running water when faucets and toilets are not in use

These danger signs suggest a leak might be hiding out of sight, and it may get worse with time. It’s worth noting that the place where water is pooling, gathering, or dripping may not be the actual source of the leak. A good example is a leak the develops in a pipe in the upstairs, but the water drops fall down a story to the wall of the first floor living room.

However, not all leaks are so easily visible. In the next section, we’ll review what you should do if you think there’s a leak but you can’t see the general area where it is in.

Determining if you have a leak

If you still suspect you have an issue but can’t find any direct evidence, your water meter can help determine if there is a problem. Built into most models is a leak detector, usually a dial that moves as water flows.

Don’t use water for about 20 minutes, then write down the number on that dial. Check it again later to see if the number has changed. If so, you’ve probably got a leak, and you should call in the experts to help you find where it is in your home.

Call ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing for expert local leak detection

Left untreated, a water leak can seriously damage your home. It can result in mold and mildew growth that is harmful for you and your family’s health. It’s important that you deal with leaks as soon as possible.

That’s why we recommend calling us for your leak detection needs here in Hayward and the Bay Area. We offer plumbing repair services, and our expert plumbers have both the equipment and experience to find and fix leaks without the need for removing drywall from entire walls at a time.

To schedule your next plumbing service, call us today!

Here’s why you should join ABC’s Guardian Maintenance Club

Between busy days at work and taking care of daily tasks at home, it’s easy to forget about what goes on “behind the scenes” in your home. Postponing maintenance on your heating and cooling system could lead to costly repairs down the line, but ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing has the solution. Just join the Guardian Maintenance Club!

In this blog, we’ll run through the reasons why you should join our maintenance club, from priority service to a discount on repairs.

Pictured: When you need air conditioning repair, call the friendly techs at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.We’ll help you remember

When you join the club, you won’t need to worry about remembering those maintenance tasks on your own anymore. We provide our club members with seasonal phone calls to remind you it’s time to perform maintenance on your HVAC system. All you need to do is schedule your appointment when we call.

You get priority service

Nobody wants to call for HVAC maintenance or repair service only to find out the company is backed up for days or weeks. We provide priority service for members of our maintenance program. If you call us to schedule an appointment, we bump you in front of non-members, including new customers.

We offer a 90-day guarantee

Spending money on HVAC maintenance means you don’t want to pay for repairs just a few weeks down the line. That’s why we offer a 90-day guarantee to club members. On the off-chance that your heating or cooling stops working within 90 days of your maintenance appointment, we’ll credit the cost of the maintenance service toward your repair.

You receive a discount

Joining our club means saving money. Members of the maintenance club receive a 15 percent discount on any services rendered. Whether we repair your furnace, install an entire system, or offer you our plumbing expertise, you’ll keep more money in the bank.

Your energy bill will thank you

Discounts, guarantees, and priority service are great, but they aren’t the only reasons to check out the Club. Routine maintenance means your systems work more efficiently. Efficient systems use fewer resources, so you may even see a drop in your utility bills.

Call ABC and join our maintenance club!

ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing has been keeping your HVAC systems running smoothly for more than 60 years. Contact us today to learn more about Guardian Maintenance Club or to schedule a service appointment.

Make the switch to a new demand-type water heater

If you are considering a water heater replacement, you should think about the numerous demand-type water heater advantages you can benefit from. If you are not considering a replacement, perhaps you should be.

In this blog, we’ll run through the advantages of switching to a new tankless system. To get started, contact our team.

Is it time to replace your old water heater?

How can you know if you need to replace your water heater? Here are some important indicators:

  • Your current water heater is 10 or more years old.
  • Your energy bill has gone up without significantly increased use.
  • Your hot water supply runs out more quickly than it used to.
  • There is visible damage to the water tank, such as a crack.

If any one or more of these things is true for you, a new water heater would be a wise investment in the near future, and ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing is here to help you make the transition.

The advantages of going tankless

If you haven’t already made the switch to a tankless water heater, now is the time to do it. Instead of storing hot water in a tank that must refill itself before use after it is emptied, tankless water heaters provide hot water continuously, heating the water as it flows. You won’t run out of hot water, even when multiple people are using it at once.

Here are some other demand-type water heater advantages for you to consider:

  • Fewer risks to your home – A tank in an old water heater can experience malfunctions or sustain damage that can lead to flooding or other problems in your home. Tankless water heaters have no tank to burst, and don’t endure the massive amounts of water pressure that can lead to issues.
  • Savings on your energy bill – Tankless water heaters are far more energy-efficient, which means you won’t need to spend as much money heating the same amount of water. In fact, you could cut your bill by more than 20 percent!
  • Longer-lasting equipment – Demand-type water heaters have roughly twice the lifespan of a water heater with a tank. They also have many replaceable parts, so repairs are easier and cost less.

Call ABC to learn more about a demand-type water heater

At ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we understand your desire to make the best decisions for your home, family, and finances. With our services, we offer fair pricing and full satisfaction to all our customers.

If you’re ready to upgrade your old water heater to a new demand-type system, contact us today for a quote.

Hard water and lime scale: the dangers they pose to your plumbing

Plumbing catastrophes: nobody wants them, but sometimes they’re just kind of a fact of life. From a burst pipe or leaks to no hot water, we’ve all dealt with something like this and it can pretty easily ruin someone’s day.

One thing that can gradually be doing damage to a plumbing system without a homeowner’s knowledge is lime scale and mineral buildup. Having a water softener installed by ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing may help to minimize harm that could be done to your home’s plumbing and appliances.

Pictured: Sink drain with some rust and lime scale deposits.Hard water basics

Hard water is water that contains an elevated concentration of mineral salts like calcium and magnesium, which are dissolved. It is a relatively slow but sure process, and over time these minerals build up inside pipes and drains as what we call lime scale. It is not something that can be avoided, but it is a challenge that must be addressed.

Hints of hard water issues in your home

It can be exceedingly difficult to detect hard water damage. Luckily, there are some helpful clues that can signify a lime scale problem:

  • Increase in the amount of soap scum in tub or washing machine
  • Dripping facets
  • Decrease in the availability of hot water

When hard water is causing damage to your pipes, it also decreases the efficiency at which your appliances are running, so an increased amount of soap scum in your washer or bathtub can be a sign of hard water problems, and so can difficulty getting hot water.

If there are facets in your house that don’t turn off all the way, this can sometimes mean that it’s trying to compensate for lime scale buildup. That is to say, don’t ignore these discrepancies; it is probably a good idea to have them checked out and consider having a water softener installed.

A reputable company for your plumbing needs

If you’re seeing signs of hard water problems in your house, then call ABC Cooling, Heating and Plumbing today at 510-471-8181. We will be able to promptly send dependable professionals to install a water softener to protect your pipes from lime scale.

In fact, you can trust us to handle all your plumbing repairs with proper care and expertise, because we will go above and beyond what a regular plumber could accomplish.

Plumbing 101: The 4 most common causes of a sewer line clog

Over time, your home’s sewer line can become clogged, causing major problems for you and your home. A sewer line clog is a serious issue that requires professional plumbing repair services.

In our last blog post, we reviewed the signs of a sewer leak or clog. In this post, we’ll go over what causes a sewer line clog—and how you can prevent one from happening in your home!

If you do find yourself in need of sewer line services, contact ABC for emergency plumbing repair in much of the Bay Area.


Read our other Plumbing 101 articles:

STORM DRAINS   •   SIGNS OF SEWER LEAKS


Common causes of a sewer line clog

Here are the four main reasons that sewer lines experience clogs and blockages.

1. Intrusion of tree roots

Pictured: A sewer line clog can cause a major blockage in your home's sewer line.

Tree root intrusions are one of the main reasons for a sewer line clog. When there is little rainfall here in the Bay Area (especially during times of drought), the roots of large trees on your property seek water.

If your sewer pipe is leaking even a little bit, the roots will seek out the pipe and try to access the moisture. Over time, they surround the pipe and break into it, growing to fill the width of the pipe and leading to a blocked line.

As we mentioned in our previous post: find out where your sewer line runs on your property and figure out what trees and bushes are above or near the line.

Need help with this? Call the team at ABC, and we’d be happy to help you locate and diagnosis your sewer line problems.

2. Treating your toilet like a trash can

Some people treat the toilet like a trash can, which can result in a sewer line clog. Flushing wipes, baby tissues, egg shells, coffee grounds, hair, napkins, tampon, plastic bags, or other similar products can cause a clog in the sewer line.

Keep in mind that ‘flushable’ wipes are not actually flushable, as they can cause a clog. The only thing that should be flushed down the toilet is the human waste. You should use a garbage can for disposing of all other items.

3. Sagging sewer line

The sewer line can also clog due to a sagging sewer line. These sags are also known as a “belly” in the pipe. Wastewater will not be able to exit easily due when the sewer line sags into the earth, resulting in a clog in the home’s sewer line. Imagine a “U” shape—the waste can’t make it’s way back up the other end of the “U”.

The causes of this are somewhat out of your control. While it’s important to have professional sewer line installation so that everything is sloped correctly, sags are often caused by the soil shifting, particularly under the weight of your home. Other factors, including sinkholes caused by excess moisture, can cause sagging.

4. Pouring grease down the drain

This is a famous one, and that’s for a reason. Grease can also lead to a clog in the home’s sewer line. While grease is liquid, it hardens inside the sewage line, creating a stubborn clog. In order to avoid a sewer line clog, it’s important that you don’t pouring grease down the drain.

Call ABC for help clearing a sewer line clog

The above are the most common reasons for a residential sewer line clog. You should contact the licensed and certified plumbers at ABC to come and diagnose the exact reason for a clog. After assessing the reason for, and the location of, the clog, our plumber will use professional tools to efficiently get your sewer system working again.

In case you reside in San Jose, Hayward, or the surrounding locations in much of the Bay Area, you should contact our team for expert help for sewer line clogs. Our professional plumbers will quickly diagnose the problem and resolve any issues with your home plumbing.

Plumbing 101: Signs Of Sewer Line Clogs & Leaks

Okay, let’s be honest: your sewer line is probably one of those things in your home that you don’t really think much about… until something goes wrong. But, what does something going “wrong” even entail with a sewer line? What do you even look for?

In this blog post, we’ll break down both the causes of sewer line woes and the signs you need to look out for to indicate that you need plumbing repair.

If you suspect that your Bay Area home has sewer line issues, contact our team here at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. We offer emergency line inspection and repair services in Hayward, San Jose, and Oakland.

To get started, give us a call at (510) 471-8181 or contact us online.


Read our other Plumbing 101 articles:

STORM DRAINS


Causes of sewer line issues

Here are three of the most common causes of sewer line problems:

  1. Your sewer line can clog if the line is obstructed by what’s popularly known as a “grease-berg”. This is a collection of grease, oils, fats, and other material—typically poured down the kitchen sink—that collects in a physical mass, until it eventually clogs the entire 6-inch line. (Read: Here’s an example of what this looks like on a larger scale!)
  2. Your sewer line can also clog if obstructed by trash. This is why it’s not recommended that you throw anything that isn’t biodegradable down the kitchen sink or toilet. We’ve seen q-tips form the basis for a major clog!
  3. Your sewer line can crack if a tree root—searching for water—breaks into the pipe and begins to fill it. More on this in a minute!

4 Signs Of Sewer Line Problems

Here are the four big signs of sewer line troubles:

Simultaneous drain clogging

Think of your home’s plumbing like a river that is fed by multiple smaller streams. If you were to dam one of those creeks, it might not impact the larger river all that much, and the river would continue to flow downstream.

Pictured: Sewer Line Repair

This is what removing and repairing a ceramic sewer line looks like.

However, if you dammed the large river, the water from the entire system would have nowhere to go, and would start to rise above the banks. What’s more, that water would get pushed back into the creeks, and they’d flood, too.

A single clogged sink or kitchen drain is like the stream in the analogy. You might need our drain cleaning services, but it probably doesn’t mean you have a sewer line clog.

A sewer line clog or blockage is the damming of the river, in that your entire home’s plumbing is going to backup. If your sewer line clogs, all of the drains in your home will clog simultaneously. That’s when you need to drop everything and give us a call for emergency plumbing repair.

Wet ground above the line

A cracked sewer line that leaks can be a major problem. Before we get started, think about the answers to the following:

  • When was your home built? If your home was built in the 1980s or later, it likely has a PVC sewer line. PVC can crack or collapse when put under pressure (more on that in a second), but with no outside duress, it should last for the lifetime of the home. Older materials—such as cast-iron or clay—are durable, but don’t have quite the lifespan of PVC.
  • Where does your sewer line run? Find your sewer cleanout lines and determine where the sewer line runs from your home to the municipal sewer. For many homes, the line runs to the street.
  • What’s above the sewer line? Now that you know where the line runs, what’s above it? Take note of any trees, bushes, or other yard foliage.

Trace the sewer line’s location and look for any abnormal “wet” spots on the ground, when there has been no rain and there’s no irrigation for water to pool there. If it’s right above the line, this may be a sign that your sewer line has a leak.

Trees or bushes above the line

If there’s a tree or bush right above or near the line, you should be extra wary. Over time, tree roots dig deep in search of water. Roots can destroy or block sewer lines even without a leak, but a sewer leak acts as a positive feedback loop for the tree. As they find water, the roots snarl around the line, breaking into it.

Tree roots are a common cause of sewer line clogs here in the Bay Area. Even a tree that’s feet away from the line can have roots that find their way to it.

Sewer odors outside and inside

If you step outside and your yard smells like a garbage heap, that’s a pretty good sign that something is wrong. A cracked sewer line will emit sewer gases, which smell about as great as you might assume.

Sewer smells inside the home could indicate the same problem, or they could indicate that the sewer trap plugs aren’t doing their job. Either way, we recommend giving us a call. We’ll diagnose whether you need your traps fixed, or if the issue is more serious.

Schedule a sewer inspection

All of the signs above are good indicators that something is wrong with your sewer line. However, the only way to be 100% sure that’s there a blockage—and to know what exactly is causing it—is to schedule a sewer line inspection from our team here at ABC.

The best way to see a clog is to, well, actually see it. We have specialized cameras that we place on lines to go into your sewer line and identify the problem before digging things up. Depending on the type of clog, there may be a way to clear it without opening up the line.

For service in the Bay Area, turn to the experts at ABC

At ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we know our way around sewer lines and the problems homeowners face. Our experienced, expert plumbers are plumbing repair experts, and we offer emergency service in much of the Bay Area, including Hayward, San Jose, and Oakland.

If you need emergency service or you need a sewer camera inspection, give us a call at (510) 471-8181 or contact us online.

What are reasons to buy a tankless on-demand water heater?

The tankless on-demand water heater is becoming increasingly popular in Bay Area homes—and for good reason.

Often known as “on-demand” heaters, or just “tankless” water heaters, these systems have multiple advantages over standard water heaters.

In this blog, we’ll review some of the differences that set on-demand systems apart. For water heater installation, contact the pros here at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.

An on-demand water heater can save you money

Yes, that’s right! Most people believe that since tankless water heaters make use of technology or a gas burner in order to heat water, they are probably not energy efficient. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Since an on-demand water heater heats water only when necessary and a tank of hot water is not filled constantly (as with standard water heaters), a lot less energy is used in supplying hot water using a tankless water heater.

As a result, up to 27% to 50% of the energy normally spent heating water can be saved with the use of a tankless water heater.

They have a longer lifespan

Most traditional water heaters may last between 8 and 12 years—more, if you’re lucky and you call a company like ABC for upkeep, maintenance, and repairs.

However, on-demand water heaters have much higher life expectancies. Most tankless water heaters last between 12 and 15 years. However, with proper maintenance, tankless water heaters can even last up to 20 years without any significant problems, and keep on going.

They are convenient and efficient

Convenience and efficiency are some of the most sought-after qualities in home appliances. Fortunately, tankless water heaters do not disappoint on either front. In addition to providing you with a constant supply of hot water, tankless water heaters are more efficient than traditional water heaters with tanks.

For example, standby heat loss is not a problem with tankless water heaters. In terms of convenience, they often take up much less space than traditional water heaters, which makes it easy for them to fit just about anywhere.

Since they do not require a large amount of space, it is even possible to install them closer to the most frequently expected points of use. This will result in even greater energy savings.

Another great advantage of tankless water heaters is that since they do not have a tank which needs to be filled with water, the possibility of flooding due to damaged tanks and other similar problems are minimized almost completely.

Call ABC for information about an on-demand water heater

If you’re convinced that a tankless water heater is right for you and your home, let our team of professionals install one in your home. Give us a call at (510) 471-8181 or contact us online.

How to Properly Shut Down Your Furnace After Winter

Seasonal furnace shutdown tipsThe winter season is about to end in most part of the United States, including California. It’s important that homeowners make preparation for the change of season, and that includes a seasonal furnace shutdown.

In fact, the furnace that keeps the home warm during the winter months should be shut down at the end of the season to conserve energy.

A seasonal furnace shutdown does not just involve turning off the system. You need to perform a number of other steps to prepare furnace for the next winter. Here are 5 furnace maintenance tips to when shutting down the system at the end of the winter season.

Be sure to call ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing for help with this and all your other furnace maintenance needs!

1. Shut off the gas supply

Older furnaces have a standing pilot light. If you have such a system, you should shut off the gas supply to turn off the pilot light. The pilot light consumes gas, so it should be turned off when the furnace will not be in use for a long time.

2. Clean the surrounding area

Is your furnace located in a storage closet or the basement? If so, you should consider cleaning all the junk or boxes that lie around the furnace. You should keep the area around the furnace clean and free of any items. This is important, as it will ensure that dirt, dust, and other items do not enter the system and damage it.

3. Inspect the carbon monoxide detectors

You should always check the carbon monoxide detectors when shutting down the furnace at the end of the winter season. This is important as the furnace usually detects small cracks inside the combustion chamber that is not visible. Carbon monoxide can leak from these cracks so it’s imperative that you ensure that the detector is in good working condition.

4. Inspect the air registers

Sometimes dirt and debris accumulate inside the return and supply registers. That’s why it’s important that you have them checked and cleaned by a professional technician. Also, you should walk around the home and make sure all the air registers are kept open and clear of obstructions.

5. Clean or replace the filters

Lastly, you should have the furnace filters cleaned or repaired by a professional. Dirt, dust, and other debris tend to accumulate inside the filters. If the filter becomes clogged, the debris might get inside the system thereby doing costly damage to the system. Having the filter cleaned or repaired is, therefore, important after the end of the winter season.

Call ABC for seasonal furnace shutdown help

You should always contact a professional to maintain or clean the furnace. If you want the help of expert technicians in the Bay Area, you can contact ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.

Our technicians can make a thorough inspection of the system and make the necessary repairs. We serve the areas of Hayward, San Jose, and the surrounding areas in the east and south Bay area.

Plumbing 101: 4 Common Reasons the Storm Drains Becomes Clogged

The storm drains in most households can sometimes become clogged if not regularly cleaned of dust, dirt, or other debris. A blocked drainage pipe can be a messy affair and can also pose a health hazard.

The professional plumbers at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing can easily remove blockages from storm drains quickly using expert tools. Learn about our drain cleaning services.

A drain can become clogged for several different reasons. Here are the 4 most common reasons of blockage of a storm drain.

Need storm drain cleaning in Hayward, San Jose, and other parts of the Bay Area? Contact our team today to have an experienced plumber come out to your home.


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SEWER LINES


4 Signs your storm drain is blocked

1. Natural Debris

Plumbing 101: 4 Common Reasons the Storm Drains Becomes Clogged

Storm drains can be clogged due to the buildup of leaves inside the drain pipe. This is particularly the case in autumn and spring. In addition, sometimes the roots of trees or shrubs head straight to the drains, resulting in a blocked drain.

This is commonly the case with willow trees, boxwood shrubs, oak trees, magnolia, gum trees, and palm trees.

To reduce the risk of blockage of the drain due to the buildup of natural debris, you should keep the areas around the drain clear of all kinds of natural debris. If the leaves or roots are allowed to penetrate the drains, it will result in blockage of the outside drains.

2. Broken Storm Pipe

Storm pipes can fracture due to general wear-and-tear. The roots growing inside the pipes can also fracture the pipes. Once it becomes fractured, the drain pipe is susceptible to blockages. The fractures are not easily visible. The professional plumbers from ABC will closely inspect the pipes for damage and then repair the fractured storm pipe.

3. Improper Installation

Improper installation of the storm pipe can also lead to drain blockages. This is usually the case when the pipes are installed as a DIY project. Improper installation will either result in fracture of the pipe or reduced water to flow from the pipe. That’s why it’s essential that you have a licensed plumber install drain pipes inside the house.

4. Heavy Rains

The storm drain can also become blocked due to heavy rains. Most of the household drain pipes are not manufactured to take the full impact of heavy rains and storms. This leads to overflow of the drain pipes that can buildup on your home’s roof. Since we live in an area where heavy rains are common, you should consider installing a larger drain pipe to weather the storm.

Blocked drain pipes can be a great inconvenience. What’s worse is that a blocked pipe can result in water accumulating on the roof of the house. Eventually, the accumulated water will drip down and leak from the ceiling inside the house. This can also do major damage to the foundation of the home, posing major risk to individuals.

Have ABC work with your storm drains

That’s why it’s essential that you have the storm drain cleaned regularly by an experienced plumber. If you want to avail the services of an emergency storm drain cleaning company in the Bay Area, call ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.

Our plumbers use specialized tools to quickly remove all kinds of blockages from the outside drain pipes.