Why is there Sewage in your Bathtub? | Pittsburgh | Terry's plumbing

Why is there Sewage in your Bathtub?

If you’ve been looking forward to a nice, relaxing hot shower or bath after a long day of work, the last thing you want to see is sewage backing up in your bathtub. Not only is it gross, it means that there’s something wrong with your plumbing. In this blog we cover why it happens and what you can do to fix it.

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What snow blower is best for you | Pittsburgh | Terry's Plumbing

What Snow Blower is Best for You?

Around this time of year when shoveling snow becomes a chore, it’s always tempting to buy a snow blower. Before you invest, take a minute to read our blog to learn about types of snow blowers and their key features.

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How to Tell if Your Septic System is Leaking | Terry's Plumbing

How to Tell if Your Septic System is Leaking

Septic troubles stink…literally. And they might creep up on you unexpectedly. However, there are a few simple ways to detect trouble. Learn how to tell if your septic system is leaking.

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What to Do if You Smell Sewer Gas

This may seem like an odd topic with the holidays just around the corner, but if you’ve ever seen National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation,” you know sewer gas is nothing to laugh about—unless your last name is Griswold. For those of you unfamiliar with the scene, Clark’s hillbilly cousin Eddie decides to empty his RV’s toilet tank into a storm drain. Later, when Uncle Lewis lights his cigar, the sewer explodes, sending the holiday decorations blasting into the sky. So what does this have to do with your home? Well, sewer gas unpleasant and probably indicates a bigger problem. Knowing what […]

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How Replacing Your Sewer System Can Save You Money

Old sewers cost homeowners a lot of money. Blockages in old sewers can necessitate expensive sewer repairs, while cleanup costs can add to the bill. Many homeowners with sewer trouble spend thousands of dollars in a single year to repair and maintain their sewer line. For homeowners with newer, modern sewers, these problems do not typically occur. Homeowners who install a new sewer line can save money over time. What Causes Sewer Trouble? Sewer trouble can happen for many reasons. One of the most common reasons that sewer lines collapse is because of tree roots. Trees planted too close to […]

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What Is A Trenchless Sewer Line

What Is A Trenchless Sewer Line?

When you need to put in a new sewer line, there’s no doubt that the work needs to be done. Whether it’s broken fittings or tree roots growing into your lines, restoring proper service is the only way to get your plumbing back into shape. But what about the mess a big trench will make of your yard? Fortunately, there are other options available. Trenchless sewer lines connect your home to the main sewer lines without damaging your landscaping. Here are some details on what a trenchless sewer line is, the benefits and drawbacks and what to expect during installation. What is […]

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How To Detect A Slab Leak

How To Detect And Fix A Slab Leak

A slab leak is a break in a pipe that runs beneath the concrete foundation of your home. When the pipe breaks, water seeps into the ground and your home’s foundation. Slab leaks can occur in either water or sewer lines. Slab leaks cause costly damage, so early detection is important. To catch this problem at the onset, homeowners with concrete foundations must know what warning signs are indicative of this type of leak. Symptoms of a Leak A typical slab leak can resemble other plumbing problems, making this issue difficult to diagnose. The following symptoms are common of slab […]

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Terry's Plumbing Pittsburgh Tribune

Will Bills 703 & 704 Help Pittsburghers Pay For Sewer Line Repairs?

It’s no secret that when plumbing goes bad, it can go really bad. And often the price of correcting even trivial problems can stretch way beyond most people’s budget. In Pittsburgh this is especially true since around 77% of homes in the city were built before 1960. Older homes mean older plumbing, with terra cotta pipes held together with a bit of cement. For example, The TribLive recently reported that when sewage started backing up into Diane Mikulan’s 100 year old home, the price of fixing her broken clay pipes could have cost up to $10,000. Few people have that […]

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Tree Roots

How to Kill Tree Roots in a Sewer Line

If you’re noticing that your sinks or bathtubs are draining slowly, or if you hear a strange gurgling noise coming from your toilet, it could mean that your sewer lines have been invaded by tree roots. A small-scale root invasion will just annoy you, but if left untreated, this problem could cost you thousands. Tree Roots are Attracted to Your Sewer Lines Believe it or not, despite all the unsightly things that travel through your sewer lines, tree roots are naturally drawn to them. Your pipes are filled with water, oxygen, and all kinds of nutrients, so they’re prime real […]

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