Clogged Tub? No Problem, We’re on It!

Do you ever finish a shower and realize you are standing in 4 inches of water? This is a telltale sign of a clogged tub. Simply hoping all that excess water will drain normally is not the answer. While this may seem like a simple problem, a clogged tub can actually cause damage to your home.

There are two main culprits in a clogged tub. Soap and Hair! Soap alone is usually not an issue, but when it combines with hair over time it can cause major drainage issues. Some clogs are fairly visible to the naked eye and therefore easy to remove. We have all done this before, by simply reaching into the tub drain and pulling out a clump of soap and hair. (Ew!) However, many times these clogs are lodged deep within the pipe. As you can image, these problems tend to compound with multiple clogs and cause serious problems.

Know when to call a professional, like Mudbug Plumbing, for their professional drain cleaning service.
– When your drain is slow to empty after normal usage – Call Mudbug!
– When there is a clog that you can’t see – Call Mudbug!
– When there is a clog that you can see, but the backup remains after you remove it – Call MudBug!

A clogged tub can lead to serious problemsProfessional drain cleaning services are designed to remedy your clogged tub and prevent future damage to your pipes. They are an inexpensive and effective way to prevent major plumbing disasters before they happen.

You can keep your drains clean and clear by being mindful of them during your weekly bathroom cleaning and watch out for soap build –up!
Always use a strainer over your bathtub drain and make sure to clean it out regularly.

Call Mudbug for a professional drain cleaning and follow these simple maintenance steps and you will never have a clogged tub again!

Under Slab Repair

Under Slab Repair: When Do You Know It’s Needed?

An under slab repair might sound like a complicated problem, but it doesn’t have to be.  Is your home built on a concrete slab foundation? If you live in the greater New Orleans area, the answer is probably yes! A concrete slab is anything from about two inches to about 10 inches of concrete. Your water and sewage pipes are either situated in and or below this slab.

If something goes awry with an under the slab sewage or water line, it’s a bit different from repairing a simple underground pipe. You may have a harder time identifying the problem, because unlike a regular leaky pipe, you are not likely to see the effects of the leak coming directly from the pipe or the outside of your home as you might expect.

Fortunately, repairing the lines isn’t very difficult, but discovering and gaining access to the problem is an entirely different problem that requires a specific course of action.

How do you know if you have broken plumbing under the slab?

Some tell tale signs that that you have broken plumbing under your concrete slab include:

  • A wet spot on your floor
  • An otherwise unexplainable increase in your water bill
  • Mold or mildew beginning to form in a particular area
  • A warm spot radiating from your floor can indicate a hot water leak
  • Cracked foundations
  • A doming area forming in your floor or outside your home – the appearance of soil receding or looking like its been “washed away” from your foundation from no other reason that is visible or apparent ( i.e. weather etc.) could indicate that it is a sewage leak in particular.

It’s extra important to be aware of these signs, as unlike water leaks, problems in sewage lines tend to go undetected for longer where as, a water leak is a little easier to pin-point – but the longer living under slab sewage problems can cause more damage.  All of these tell- tale signs indicate the potential need for an under slab repair.

So what do you do?

Experienced plumbers use specific under slab repair detection gear to adequately identify the source of the problem. This gear can also include high-tech listening devices that help to locate the source of the leak. These devices pump air into the pipes and listen for air escaping.

Once the problem has been identified, then one can determine the next course of action. This typically involves drilling through or tearing up the concrete – but of course you would want this incision to be as small as necessary for the repair. If you have a potential under slab plumbing issue, it is important to call a plumber that specializes in properly identifying and making these repairs. Otherwise you miss the crucial first assessment step and will need to call another plumber with the proper equipment.

The repair work is usually quite simple once an experienced plumber isolates and reaches the problem area. But as you can see the art of the deed is in the expedient and accurate identification of the source.