SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Archive for July, 2013

Ask a Plumber in Cherry Hill: Why Do My Drains Gurgle So Much?

Monday, July 29th, 2013

When you run your shower or sink faucets, you want to the resulting wastewater to be carried away from your home through the plumbing in your house quickly, effectively and quietly. Loud, gurgling drains are very annoying, and they may actually indicative of problems or problems to come with your drains. If you are concerned about gurgling drains throughout your home, contact a Cherry Hill plumber on the SPS Mechanical team. We have the tools, training and experience necessary to ensure that your plumbing system is able to function as effectively and reliably as you need it to.

One very common reason that your drains may gurgle during use is simply because some sort of blockage has built up within that drain. This is especially common in the kitchen, where misuse of garbage disposals often leads to food scraps and grease to build up. As the water drains, it may cause some air to be trapped behind the clog. Once the water makes its way through, that air can come gurgling back up towards your sink through the clog.

Many homeowners do not realize that the drainpipes in their homes are also vented. This is what allows water to flow through them so smoothly. If there is not adequate venting, gases can build up in your pipes. This can lead to unpleasant odors and exposure to gases that can be unhealthy, so it is important that a seemingly minor issue with gurgling drains is investigated by a qualified, licensed plumber. Any issues with your plumbing should always be considered a priority. After all, most serious problems do not suddenly develop out of nowhere. They are the result of minor issues that were allowed to develop into more serious problems over time.

To learn more about how you can resolve your gurgling drain issue, contact the professional plumbers in Cherry Hill that you can count on for outstanding service. Call SPS Mechanical. No matter what the underlying cause of your gurgling drains may be, our team can get to the root of the problem to solve it completely.

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Plumbing FAQ: Why Does My Toilet Frequently Overflow?

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Are you frustrated because your toilet frequently overflows? A clogged toilet is a common issue, but if your toilet overflows, then it can be a real hassle. One of the first things you can do is shut off the water valve to your toilet. This stops the flow of water, and should be the first action you take if your toilet is  overflowing. Next, call a plumber for expert service. A professional plumber will be able to ensure that the problem is taken care of promptly. Call the Cherry Hill plumbing experts at SPS Mechanical if you’re having any problems with your toilet.

  • Foreign object: While most homeowners are aware of the dangers of putting anything other than organic waste down the toilet, accidents do happen. Toys, bars of soap, diapers, clothes, and a variety of other objects have all found their way into the toilet at one time or another. These foreign objects can cause severe clogs that cannot often be easily dislodged by a plunger, or even an auger. They often get stuck in the toilet trap, which is that S-shaped bend that allows your toilet to fill back up to a certain water level without going down the drain, while also preventing sewer smells from moving back up into the home.
  • Blocked drain vent: Your wastewater disposal system works on gravity alone to remove wastewater from your home. But in order to do so, it requires adequate ventilation. Think of a straw with one end covered by your finger. The liquid in the straw will not move so long as one end remains covered. This vacuum is analogous to the one inside your plumbing system. You need to make sure that your drain vent is not blocked for some reason. This may occur at the local level, or it could occur at the top of the main vent stack that goes through the roof.

There are other possible reasons why your toilet is overflowing, but an accurate diagnosis must be performed by a professional. Call SPS Mechanical today for comprehensive Cherry Hill plumbing services. 

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Ask a Plumber: What’s Wrong with My Septic System?

Monday, July 8th, 2013

If you have a septic system on your property that is causing you problems, there are a huge variety of things that could be causing the issue. Usually, you’ll need to call a plumber if you’re having problems with your septic system. At SPS Mechanical, we offer 24/7 emergency plumbing service for all different types of issues including septic repair. Make sure you take a look at some of the things that could be causing your septic system to not work well.

  • Septic tank full – Usually, depending on how many people are in your household, septic systems need to be serviced and emptied about once per year. If you haven’t had this service performed regularly it could be causing your toilets and drains to back-up.
  • Leech field or soakway problems – Another very common problem with septic system is the leech field (also called the soakway). If you hear gurgling sounds from your drains and toilets, if your toilets are backed up, or if you try to drain your bathtub and it fills up your toilet or sink it could mean that your leech field is clogged. Other indications of this could be foul odors around your home’s drains or indentations in your yard where the leech field is.
  • Leech field too deep – Another very serious issue could be that your leech field or soakway is buried too deep. If your leech field is too deep there won’t be enough oxygen to allow the growth of the proper bacteria cultures that feed on the waste. It could allow other type of bacteria to grow which would clog the pipes with mold and slime.

When you need a Sewell, NJ plumber just call the experts at SPS Mechanical. We’re available 24/7 for plumbing emergencies because we know that things don’t always break down when it’s convenient. Give us a call today to talk with one of our friendly plumbers. 

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Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The 4th of July will forever hold a very special place in the history of the United States of America. On this day in 1776, the second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence.

Not only is Independence Day an important day in our nation’s history, but for many people it is a day that is filled with memories from celebrations of years past. Fireworks, barbeques, baseball games, fairs, carnivals, patriotic music and ceremonies are all scattered through our memories as we’ve participated in annual parties, get-togethers, picnics and family gatherings throughout the years. John Adams, our 2nd president, was right when he said that our Independence Day “…ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

The 4th of July is truly a day to enjoy but also to remember and respect the sacrifice that many brave men and women made over 200 years ago to give us the freedom that we cherish today. However you celebrate Independence Day, make sure that you take a moment to remember what this day is really about.

We wish you a safe and happy 4th of July!

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