FAQs

How do I clean my sewer?
To clean your sewer lines, you need help from a professional. As a licensed, bonded, and insured drainlayer, our plumbing company is well-equipped to rod your sewer line. Rodding is a cable run rod that has a special inner drum, enabling it to navigate certain bends and unclog drains. This dynamic rod uses different size cutter blades to clean sewer lines.

How do I determine the health condition of my sewer lines?
Ex-Stink Plumbing and Sewer Services can televise your sewer lines and evaluate their condition. Televising is a state-of-the-art technology that allows our emergency plumbers to see live footage of your sewer lines. Using it, we can tell whether you sewer lines are broken, separated, or decaying, along with blockages like tree roots.

How do I know where my sewer line is located?
Find out exactly where your sewer line lies on your property with help from our team. We can locate your sewer line with a locator/receiver, which lets us pinpoint the exact location of your sewer and determine its depth.

How do I avoid sewer backups?
To avoid sewer back-ups, set up a yearly maintenance plan with our company. We’ll dispatch a team to rod and televise your main sewer line; this allows us to stay on top of problems as they develop. This way, it’s easy to prevent possible back-ups from occurring to begin with.

How do I avoid costly repairs to my sewer system?
To avoid costly repairs, set up a yearly maintenance plan. Our plumbers will visit your home or business every so often to rod and televise your main sewer line, as well as search for and treat the starts of potential issues.

How often should I rod my main sewer line?
If you have a clay tile sewer line, you should have the main line rodded yearly with our licensed, bonded, and insured drainlayers.

Why do I need a sanitary 6" sewer clean out installed?
Most older sanitary sewers were put in with clay pipe. Unfortunately, roots infiltrate these pipes easily, causing waste and paper build-up; in turn, this causes your drains to back up.

Access to your main sewer line from the house is 4" (in most cases), and you cannot properly clean a 6" sewer line from a 4" access with cutters. By installing a 6" sewer cleanout, you can maintain proper access for cleaning, which will also reduce future rodding charges. We personally recommend all properties opt to have a sewer cleanout installed, as this makes it easier for our team to access the main sewer line for cleaning.

What is the difference between hydrojetting and rodding?
Hydrojetting is a process in which our emergency plumbers use a high-pressure water jets to safely clean grease and sludge. Generally, hydrojetting is the preferred method for removing grease and oil in businesses like restaurants and automotive stations. Hydrojetting brings pipes back to almost factory condition.

In contrast, rodding is a cable run rod that has a special inner drum, enabling it to navigate certain bends and unclog drains. This dynamic rod uses different size cutter blades to clean sewer lines.

Get in touch with our team when you need an experienced sewer contractor to repair or excavate your sewer. We proudly serve residents of Lake County and McHenry County, Illinois, along with the North Shore.