The Warning Signs Of A Main Sewer Line Blockage

The Warning Signs Of A Main Sewer Line Blockage

The Warning Signs of a
Main Sewer Line Blockage

Your sewer line is one of the most vital parts of your plumbing system – and if it becomes damaged or clogged, it could wreak unwelcome issues on your property. Offset or damaged pipes could cost a lot to repair or replace. The sooner you detect a sewer line breakage or clog, the more likely it is you’ll be able to fix it without a huge hassle or cost. Damage tends to worsen over time. 

Watch out for these warning signs that your sewer line might be blocked:

SLOW DRAINING SINKS AND BATHTUBS

When you have a main sewer line problem, your sinks, toilets, floor drains, and other plumbing fixtures will drain slowly or not at all. Multiple fixtures may be affected by this problem. For instance, if you run the washing machine and the toilet overflows or the laundry room sink backs up, that’s a definite sign of a blockage somewhere in the drainpipes – after all, the water has to go somewhere.

Also, if you hear gurgling sounds when you flush that could be a sign of a blockage in the drain system. These noises may be an indication that tree roots are to blame for your blockage; root systems are one of the biggest culprits of main sewer line issues. So if you have a large tree near your sewer line, its roots could be the problem. This is particularly true if you have an older sewer made of clay or concrete because roots can work their way inside the pipe via the pipe joints. Tiny feeder roots find their way inside seeking moisture. Once inside, they will grow larger, acting as a net to catch toilet paper and waste until a clog forms.

CONSTANT NEED TO PLUNGE

If it seems you’re experiencing more toilet clogs than you used to, that’s an indication that the real clog problem might be farther downstream in your drainage system. The same is true with your kitchen sink. Is it clogging or running slowly more often than it used to? The fact is that if you have more than one slow drain in your house or multiple slow drains, that’s the best indicator that the source of the problem is a clogged sewer.

GET SOME HELP

A sewer clog cannot be treated with a plunger or with over-the-counter chemicals. To clear the sewer line of roots and debris, professional cleaning is required with a heavy-duty drain machine. These electric drain and sewer cleaning machines have a strong, stiff steel cable with a sharp blade on its tip. The cable spins as it travels through the sewer pipe so it cuts away obstructions. It will even shave roots right down to the pipe walls to restore full flow in your sewer pipe. If the Roto-Rooter machine can’t get through the pipe, your service technician can request a video camera inspection of the sewer pipeline to ascertain where the blockage is and its cause. A trained eye will then be able to recommend repair options to the homeowner.

Moving Forward

Always keep an eye (and an ear) out on your plumbing system. It’s best to try to stop an issue before it becomes a large problem. Paying close attention to your system will also save you money in the long run. Never try to fix an issue unless you are sure your solution will not do more harm than good. When in doubt, hire a professional!

Contact Us

To learn more about plumbing programs for your multi-site portfolio, give Ferrandino & Son a call at:

866-571-4609

and ask to speak to someone in our Business Development Team. You can also reach us at:

 sales@ferrandinoandson.com

Case Study: LED Lighting Reduces Energy Use by 70% While Reducing Maintenance Costs

Case Study: LED Lighting Reduces Energy Use by 70% While Reducing Maintenance Costs

The Customer:

A discount variety retailer offering both brand name and generic merchandise – including off-brand goods and closeouts of name-brand items. The client is currently operating over 10,000 stores in 40 U.S. states.

The Objective:

The store’s objective was to reduce lighting maintenance and service costs while at the same time providing a brighter retail environment for its customers to enhance the shopping experience and sales of merchandise.

The Solution:

Retrofitted the store location during the store’s normal business operating hours with minimal customer disruption. In total, fifty-seven T12, 4-foot, 2-lamp fixtures had fluorescent lamps replaced with 4-foot linear LED lamps. Seventy-eight T8, 4-foot, 1-lamp fixtures had fluorescent lamps replaced with 4-foot linear LED lamps. Six T12, 8-foot, 2-lamp fixtures had fluorescent lamps replaced with 8-foot linear LED lamps. Thirty-one 250 watt metal halide lamps were replaced with fourteen, 4-foot, 38-watt LED linear luminaire lighting fixtures and LED lamps.

The Results:

Based on current annual hours of store operation and current electrical rates, the store location is expected to:
1. Save $2,760 in first-year maintenance costs – projected to equate to $31,645 in maintenance costs over 10 years anticipated LED lamp life.
2. Realize a $4,457 reduction in energy savings within year one. Equal to a 70% reduction in kWh/year of energy usage.
3. Provide an annual emissions reduction of 65,342 lbs of greenhouse gases. Saving approximately 174 trees annually.
4. Current store customers have remarked about the brighter look the store is now projecting upon entering the store as well as the ability to see merchandise detail and colors more vividly while shopping in the store.
5. This led to changes throughout the client’s portfolio on the national level.

Interested in Learning More?

To learn more about lighting and general maintenance for your multi-site portfolio,
give Ferrandino & Son a call at:
866-571-4609
and ask to speak to someone in our Business Development Team.
You can also reach us at: sales@ferrandinoandson.com

Ferrandino & Son Appoints Corey Roberts to Join the Company’s Expanding Advisory Board

Ferrandino & Son Appoints Corey Roberts to Join the Company’s Expanding Advisory Board

FERRANDINO & SON APPOINTS COREY ROBERTS TO JOIN THE COMPANY’S EXPANDING ADVISORY BOARD

(FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – October 8, 2019) Ferrandino & Son, a leading national facility maintenance company, announced the appointment of Mr. Corey Roberts to the company’s Advisory Board.

“We are pleased to welcome Corey to our Advisory Board, and look forward to his contributions,” said Chief Executive Officer Peter Ferrandino. “Corey is a proven leader in talent acquisition and strategy development. He brings over 30 years of experience in helping companies recruit and retain top talent to execute their business strategy and outperform their competition. His experience across multiple industry sectors, and as an advisor to private equity firms, will be valuable as we continue to focus on developing high-performing teams.”

“I am thrilled to join the Advisory Board with Ferrandino & Son, a company focused on understanding how facility services can positively impact business outcomes,” said Corey Roberts.

Mr. Roberts is the CEO and Founding Partner of Talent Equity Group (TEG), a leading provider of enterprise talent solutions for the Private Equity sector. Corey has substantial experience as a trusted advisor and partner to Private Equity firms and CEOs that rely on superior talent and the related processes to drive their business. Corey and his team have contributed to the success of organizations across multiple industries, both domestically and internationally.

Corey is an industry expert and thought leader on how talent strategy impacts culture, customer experience, and contributes directly to business outcomes and the success of all people-driven organizations.

With the addition of Mr. Corey Roberts, Ferrandino & Son is further building its Advisory Board with experienced business professionals. The robust Board will enable the company to accelerate growth and more easily adapt to the changing needs of its clients.

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About Ferrandino & Son
Ferrandino & Son is a leading provider of facility maintenance services and full-service programs for clients across the United States. With more than 25 years of experience and a focus on providing exceptional service, the company provides snow removal, landscaping, exterior maintenance, facility service and maintenance, and general contracting services to clients.
Learn more at www.ferrandinoandson.com.

Media contact:
Suzanne Manella
630.440.9817

 

LEARN HOW TO UNBLOCK DRAINS: THE ECO-FRIENDLY WAY

LEARN HOW TO UNBLOCK DRAINS: THE ECO-FRIENDLY WAY

LEARN HOW TO UNBLOCK DRAINS:
THE ECO-FRIENDLY WAY

A clogged drain is a real hassle, whether it’s in the kitchen or the bathroom. If you want to keep using your plumbing, as usual, that clog has got to go. However, you may not want to have harsh chemical drain cleaners in your home. Children and pets may get into them and present a serious hazard. But you may also want to minimize the number of chemicals you put into the environment via the water supply cycle. If that’s the case, follow these tips to learn how to unblock drains in eco-friendly ways!

TRY USING A PLUNGER FIRST

Using the proper kind of plunger for your drain – and yes, there are plungers that are appropriate to use on a sink. They are usually red rubber and have a shallow suction cup. Plunging the drain may be all you need to do. The suction could force the clog away, leaving you with a clear drain.

TURN TO BAKING SODA

After the plunger method, your drain may not be totally clear. If this is the case, pour a cup of baking soda down it and then 3 cups of very hot water. This can resolve clogs nicely, but if it doesn’t, there are still other tricks to try.

ADD VINEGAR

Vinegar and baking soda may bring elementary school science projects to mind, but in reality, they make a great combination for cleaning drains. Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, and then half a cup of white vinegar. You can also heat the vinegar first or follow up the combination with very hot water if it’s a really stubborn clog. Some people also swear by adding just a little lemon juice to the mix.

A Green Solution

Once you’ve tried all these eco-friendly drain cleaning methods, you’re clog should be gone! If it isn’t, don’t turn to a chemical drain cleaner! There could be adverse reactions within your pipes when you mix all these items with chemicals. If your drain still isn’t clear, it’s time to call a professional!

Contact Us

To learn more about plumbing programs for your multi-site portfolio, give Ferrandino & Son a call at:

866-571-4609

and ask to speak to someone in our Business Development Team. You can also reach us at:

 sales@ferrandinoandson.com