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Sewer Scope/Inspection/Locate Giveaway!!!

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Buying a new home soon? Simply enjoy peace of mind that all is well with the main drainage system in the house? We are having a giveaway this month that might help ease your mind and save some of the costs involved with either! We are giving away a complimentary sewer scope as our 1st place prize ...
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The History of Toilet Paper

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The history of using paper for wiping goes back to the 6th century in medieval China. Around the late 1300’s, Chinese royalty (and their families) reportedly used 2’ by 3’ pieces of perfumed paper to clean themselves.  Commoners continued to use other readily available materials such as: rags, wood ...
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Water Bill Going Through The Roof?

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With the beautiful summer weather, sunshine, green grass, beautiful flowers, and full trees comes extra water use.  It is safe to say and presume that most of us appreciate our water supply. Per an analysis by Environment Magazine, outdoor watering accounts for almost 30 percent of water use.  ...
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Box Trucks, Vans and Soon-To-Be-Retired F-150’s oh my!

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Box trucks, vans and soon-to-be-retired F-150's
The last few weeks have seen us busily upgrading our vehicle fleet and with that, travelling to Montana and Seattle to pick up these seemingly hard to find vehicles. We have had two trusty F-150’s that have given us many good years which are about to be replaced by two new box trucks.  They will ...
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New home buyers!!!! Don’t be surprised by an unexpected back-up when you move into your brand-new home!

Get your sewer/septic line scoped today!

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The summer is upon us and with that comes the end of another school year, moves and new home purchases.  A lot of times people only think about getting the interior inspected without considering what shape their sewer line is in. They then get all moved in and situated (after the negotiations made ...
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Cloacina - Goddess of the Sewers

Roman sewers and the goddess who watched over them

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Did you know there is a goddess dedicated to the sewer systems and its workers?  Her name is Cloacina, the patron goddess of the Cloaca Maxima. The Cloaca Maxima or “Main Drain” was the largest drain in Rome’s system and was made of cut stone.  Portions still exist and are in service today. ...
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What Causes Sludge Buildup and What is the Meaning of “a Belly” or “Channeling” in my Sewer Line?

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Sludge (noun): 2: a muddy or slushy mass, deposit, or sediment: such as A: precipitated solid matter produced by water and sewage treatment processesWe tend to run into sludge situations in the sewer line primarily when there is a “belly” type situation (from what we can tell with our camera due to ...
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What Causes Roots to Enter Your Drain Line?

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First a little about tree roots: They are always growing, and part of that growth is seeking sources of water. They are very powerful growers and have no problems growing into tight spaces or cracks where they can easily then break pipes apart to access their water. Being as sewer lines offer that, ...
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Spokane St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018

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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2018
We took part in Spokane’s annual St. Patrick’s Day community event this year for the first time. It also happened to be their 40th year!We arrived early and got in line. We were decorating our truck and hydro-jetter trailer while other parade goers were doing their prep stuff as well. It was a ...
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WWETT Show 2018

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The Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show has become an annual event for Action Drain & Plumbing. Every year we send two representatives to attend seminars, learn about new products and order new equipment. It is also a great opportunity to see old familiar faces and meet new ...
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Are “Flushable” sanitary products really ok to Flush?

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The simple answer is: No. Over time they can create a real mess in your sewer line and in the city sewers. Wipes:Unfortunately, the majority of wipes on the market don’t biodegrade quickly enough to avoid clogging the pipes. Even toilet paper (which is designed to biodegrade) can get caught in ...
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Sewer Backing up? Are you or the city responsible?

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Pipe in Good Condition
When your sewer starts backing up you may question if you are responsible as the homeowner or if the city is responsible. Here in Spokane, in most cases, you as the homeowner are responsible for anything happening from your home to the city sewer main. It only becomes a city issue if it is “...
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We have flies in our drain. Have you ever seen that?

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The answer is: “Yes”. While we have witnessed them, we are not experts on them. However, we found a lot of great info about this at: www.getridoffliesguide.comHere is what we learned:Drain Flies are very small (typically 2 to 5 mm in length), light grey or tan with short, fuzzy body and fuzzy, ...
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Everything seems to be draining fine, but we have an awful smell in the basement!

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We get this call often. Many times, there is a simple cure. The culprit? That lone floor drain over in the corner that has a purpose, but doesn’t get used very often (and for good reason). It is connected to the sanitary main with a p-trap in it. The p-trap’s purpose is to hold water in the ...
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Freezing temperatures are surely heading our way up here in the Inland Northwest!

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With that comes frozen pipes. If there is a blockage of any kind in outgoing lines, it can cause that area of the pipe to freeze, therefore clogging and backing up your drainage system. Preventing that is key, by calling ahead and doing preventative maintenance on lines that historically have ...
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The Biggest Plumbing and Drain Cleaning Myths

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When it comes to maintenance on your home, your plumbing should be one of your top priorities. However, for many homeowners, this is not the case, and many homeowners don’t realize how important it is to get plumbing maintenance done. In addition, there are many myths homeowners believe about ...
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How to Resolve Common Toilet Problems at Home

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While there are certainly many joys to homeownership, one of the most stressful parts has to be when something breaks down, and you don’t know how to fix it. And if there’s one part of your home that you don’t want to touch when it’s broken, it’s your toilet.It’s a common reaction—something goes ...
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Some Thing Can’t Be Fixed - You Need to Call a Pro

Know when to call in the experts for plumbing issues

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Plumbing issues always manage to happen at the most inconvenient times. You could be preparing for a long, stress-free vacation, or having family over for a holiday party. You’re packed and ready to go or you’re sitting down for dinner and suddenly, the toilet won’t flush. The sink won’t drain. ...
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Know the Flow: Do’s & Dont's of Clogged Drains

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There are few more annoying home repairs that demand immediate attention like clogged drains. Regardless of what you're doing, you generally have to stop everything to fix it - or else lose the use of your sink, tub, or toilet. However, most stopped-up drains can be fixed with the right tools and a ...
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