Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air Blog : Archive for the ‘Drain and Sewer’ Category

Why It’s Best to Call a Professional for Drain Problems

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Slow drains, clogged drains, gurgling drains – they all have the same thing in common: they need help. Television commercials and DIY videos will lead you to believe that quick solutions are at the ready for just about any drain problem, and better yet, that they work. Unfortunately, this isn’t true most of the time. We handle a lot of DIY-gone-wrong types of calls, and one way to avoid this often costly scenario is to give your Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air plumbing expert a call as soon as you discover any kind of issue with any of your home’s drains. (more…)

What Is Hydro Jetting?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

It may sound like a fancy new way to fly, but hydro jetting is actually an important service offered by professional plumbers to completely clean your drains and sewer lines without using harsh chemicals. In fact, all that is used is water. But the results of hydro jetting are evident, particularly after hydro jet cleaning is performed by the plumbing pros at Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air. (more…)

Types of Storm Drains for Your Sacramento Property

Monday, April 6th, 2015

We’ve had a tough time in the last few years with a lack of rain during the winter months, and this year we’ve come the closest to our usual annual average. While we can’t create the rain we need, you can, as a homeowner, make sure the rain water that falls on your property is drained properly so that it ends up where it should, and isn’t full of unnecessary debris when it does arrive at its destination. How? By having good, well-installed storm drains on your property. There are a number of types of drains you can use on your property, and installing the right combination of drains can help you correctly move rain water away from your home and into your town’s drainage system. The trained experts at Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air can design and install a drainage system for your property, so call us today.

Storm Drain Types

Here are the basic types of residential storm drain options available for homeowners:

  • Foundation drains/French drains – the purpose of a foundation or French drain is to divert water from your home’s foundation and re-distribute it to your lawn in a gradual way. Foundation drains consist of a perforated drainpipe that is placed in a small trench lined with fabric and gravel; once the pipe is placed into the trench, it is covered with additional gravel. When it rains, the water is dispersed through the gravel to the surrounding ground.
  • Roof drain pipe – a roof drain pipe is a pipe that connects directly to the gutters or piping that runs along the edge of your roof. A roof drain pipe typically runs the height of your home and drains directly into your town’s storm drain or other outlet.
  • Gutter system – gutters capture and move water running down your roof to a drain pipe or water collector.
  • Yard inlets – yard inlets are small round or rectangular grills with attached containers that help block debris from moving with the draining water; they can also capture the water and help divert it toward the main storm drain.
  • Trench drains – trench drains are used for areas like driveways so that water flowing over a large area can be captured and directed to the main storm drain.
  • Drywell – a drywell is an in-ground well that remains dry unless there is excess water present on your property. The drywell serves as a runoff point and is not connected to the main storm drain system. The water that fills a drywell passes to the surrounding ground through a fabric filter after flowing over gravel placed in the bottom of the well.

Have concerns about your storm water drainage in Sacramento? Call the experts at Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air today!

3 Reasons Hydro Jetting Is Great for Drain and Sewer Cleaning

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Clogged drainpipes and sewer lines are a frequent problem for residential plumbing. You have almost certainly dealt with them before—and probably don’t ever want to deal with them again. Although we can’t offer you a solution that will forever do away with drain clogs, our team at Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air can provide you with a drain and sewer cleaning method that can reduce these problems to a minimum: hydro-jetting.

Hydro-jetting is a drain cleaning method that uses water placed under high pressure (7800 psi or more) to scour the inside of sewer lines and drainpipes. Here are three reasons that you should consider hydro jetting in Sacramento, CA for your next drain or sewer cleaning:

1. It is Extremely Effective

There are few drain and sewer cleaning methods that do a more thorough job than hydro-jetting. The powerful blasting from the high-pressure water will not only smash through the most obdurate of all clogs, but it provides a complete scouring of the pipelines that removed everything from fat and grease build-up to heavy mineral deposits from hard water. The water also blasts out in multiple directions, covering the widest area possible inside the drainpipe. You won’t get this level of cleaning from a drain auger or store-bought chemicals.

2. It Helps Prevent Future Plumbing Problems

Cleaning methods like drain snakes can work very well at breaking apart clogs, but they won’t remove every bit of debris clinging to the sides of the pipes. Whatever remains will start to catch other debris, and soon lead to clogging issues once more. But hydro-jetting so thoroughly scours away the contaminants inside drainpipes and sewer lines that clogs have a hard time starting again. Regular hydro-jetting services mean far fewer plumbing troubles in the future.

3. It is Safe for You and Your Pipes

…or, it is as long as you have a professional handle it. Unlike caustic chemical cleaning processes, hydro-jetting will not damage the pipes with corrosive action, nor will it leave behind any toxic fumes or chemicals. Just make sure that you aren’t the one holding the hydro-jetter! The job requires special training and protective gear.

To find out more about our services for hydro jetting in Sacramento, CA, call Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air today. We offer many other drain and sewer service in the area that will keep your plumbing healthy.

Why Your Sewer Line May Sustain Damage

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Because the sewer line that connects your home’s drains with the municipal sewer system runs under the ground and out of your sight, it is very easy to take for granted that it will always continue to serve its important function. Sewer lines are constructed for durability, and most should last for many decades without encountering troubles.

However, a sewer line can become damaged and require either repairs or, in some cases, a full replacement. If you have doubts about the integrity of your home’s sewer line, call Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air and our experienced plumbers will inspect the pipeline and see if it needs additional work. We offer services for pipeline inspection in Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas, as well as sewer repair and replacement.

How sewer lines can become damaged

  • Root infiltration: One of the most common ways that the sewer line can sustain damage is the growth of trees roots that will put pressure on the pipe and infiltrate through the joints. Tree roots are naturally drawn toward the water and nutrients inside sewer pipes, and if trees are planted too near to the sewer line, it can end up causing damage or blockage.
  • Corrosion due to age: If you live in an older home built pre-1970, you may have a sewer line made from galvanized steel. (If your home was built pre-World War II, you almost certainly have a steel sewer line.) Although steel is durable and tough, it is also prone to corrosion, something that is not an issue with the copper used to make sewer pipes today. It’s a wise idea to have an old steel pipe replaced before it begins to corrode and develop large leaks and gaps.
  • Earthquakes: Natural disasters often inflict damage on long lengths of pipes, and in Southern California our main concern is earthquakes. You should contact professionals for pipeline inspection after a large earthquake to make sure that the sewer line hasn’t suffered from breaks.

Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air has served the greater Sacramento, CA with pipeline inspection work for more than 8 years. Our team of plumbers is experienced with a wide range of repair work for sewer lines, as well as thorough sewer line cleaning using hydro-jetting. If you have any concerns about the condition of your sewer line, give us a call today.