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Is Your Septic System Ready for a Downpour? A Homeowner’s Guide to Preventing Disaster
July 3, 2024

Is Your Septic System Ready for a Downpour? A Homeowner’s Guide to Preventing Disaster

In the mid-1800s, after what must have been a particularly frigid winter, a French man grew tired of walking through the snow to use the bathroom. Using clay pipes and a concrete tank, he devised a system that would transport wastewater from his home into the holding tank he placed underground. His invention worked flawlessly.

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Don’t Get Clogged Up by Bad Advice: Four Plumbing Myths Debunked!
May 15, 2024

Don’t Get Clogged Up by Bad Advice: Four Plumbing Myths Debunked!

We’ve all picked up home maintenance tips over the years. But not all advice is created equal, especially when it comes to plumbing. In fact, some plumbing advice can do more harm than good! It’s crucial to separate plumbing fact from fiction. After all, knowing the truth can save you time, money, and a whole lot of frustration.

Let’s address some of the most common plumbing myths and debunk them one by one.

Myth #1:

Lemons and ice cubes are magic cleaning tools for garbage disposals.

Truth:

While lemons might mask odors for a bit, they won’t clean the blades or dislodge food particles. And ice cubes might dull the blades and jam the disposal. To properly clean your garbage disposal, periodically run hot water with a small amount of dish soap or use specialized disposal cleaning products.

Myth #2:

Flushable wipes just flush away.

Truth:

The term “flushable” is incredibly misleading. Despite the manufacturers’ claim, these wipes don’t break down like toilet paper, and can wreak havoc on your plumbing system, causing clogs and backups. Stick to toilet paper, but if you must use wipes, throw them in the trash!

Myth #3:

Pouring grease down the drain is fine if you run hot water with it.

Truth:

This common misconception can lead to serious plumbing issues. Hot water might melt grease initially, but the grease will eventually solidify and create a nasty clog in your pipes. The best way to dispose of grease is to scrape it into a container and throw it away.

Myth #4:

Chemical drain cleaners are a safe and effective way to unclog toilets.

Truth:

Not quite. Chemical drain cleaners can be harsh and corrosive, damaging certain pipes and harming the environment. It’s always best to consult a professional plumber about what’s causing the clog.

Separating plumbing facts from fiction is crucial for maintaining a smoothly functioning system and avoiding costly repairs. When in doubt, consult Raider Rooter for guidance tailored to your specific situation.

We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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How to Go Green with Eco-Friendly Plumbing Practices
April 24, 2024

How to Go Green with Eco-Friendly Plumbing Practices

Today, we’re all increasingly conscious of our impact on the environment. From composting to recycling to using reusable bags, sustainable practices are popping up in every part of our lives. And your plumbing should be no exception. Green plumbing is an approach that prioritizes energy efficiency, helps conserve resources, minimizes waste, and reduces utility costs. It’s a win-win!

Implementing Green Plumbing Practices

There are several ways to incorporate green practices into your plumbing system. Here are four practical steps you can take:

  • Upgrade fixtures: Replace old, water-guzzling toilets and showerheads with low-flow models certified by the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® program. These fixtures use significantly less water without sacrificing performance.

  • Install water-efficient appliances: Look for dishwashers and washing machines with an Energy Star® rating. These appliances use less water and energy to clean your clothes and dishes.

  • Invest in a tankless water heater: Traditional water heaters can be energy-intensive, contributing to both environmental degradation and high utility bills. On the other hand, tankless water heaters only heat water when needed, eliminating the energy wasted by keeping a traditional tank constantly warm.

  • Schedule regular maintenance and inspections: Regular maintenance and inspections are vital for ensuring the longevity and efficiency of plumbing systems. Promptly identifying and addressing leaks, inefficiencies, or outdated components can prevent water wastage and costly repairs in the long run. 

Green plumbing isn’t just for homeowners. Businesses can also benefit from adopting sustainable practices. In addition to the environmental benefits, green plumbing can enhance a company’s image as a responsible and environmentally conscious organization. Restaurants can install water-saving pre-rinse sprayers in their kitchens. Hotels can equip guest rooms with low-flow fixtures. 

Remember, every drop counts, and every step towards sustainability makes a difference. By implementing even a few green practices, you can reduce your water and energy consumption and create a more sustainable home or business.

Raider Rooter can help. We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information. 

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Is Hydro Jetting Right for You? Six Signs Your Pipes Need a Powerful Clean
March 21, 2024

Is Hydro Jetting Right for You? Six Signs Your Pipes Need a Powerful Clean

The plumbing system in your home or office works tirelessly behind the scenes, but nothing is flawless. When stubborn blockages, grease buildup, and other forms of debris create a problem, your pipes don’t flow as smoothly as they should. Clogged drains and slow-moving water can be frustrating and inconvenient, but there is a solution: hydro jetting.

What is Hydro Jetting?

This cutting-edge technique harnesses the force of high-pressure water to blast away even the most stubborn clogs and debris buildup from your pipes. The specialized equipment includes a high-pressure pump, hoses, and nozzles designed to emit powerful water streams. After feeding the nozzle into the pipeline, the high-pressure pump generates intense water streams to break apart blockages, grease, roots, and other household debris, flushing them away and restoring optimal flow.

When Do You Need Hydro Jetting?

Here are some signs that your pipes might benefit from a hydro jetting treatment:

  1. Frequent clogs: If you’re constantly battling clogs, especially in multiple drains, hydro jetting can provide a long-term solution by thoroughly cleaning the entire system.
  2. Foul odors: Odors coming from your drains can be a sign of organic matter decomposing within the pipes. Hydro jetting can remove this buildup and eliminate the unpleasant smells.
  3. Mineral buildup: Over time, hard water minerals build up inside pipes, narrowing the passage and causing slow drainage. Hydro jetting can clear these out and restore proper flow.
  4. Grease buildup: This is a common culprit in kitchen sink clogs, impeding the flow of water and leading to costly repairs. Hydro jetting effectively removes the buildup.
  5. Tree root intrusion: Tree roots seeking moisture and nutrients often penetrate underground pipelines, causing significant blockages and sometimes even structural damage. Hydro jetting can cut through roots and flush them away.
  6. Regular maintenance: Regular hydro jetting can be a preventative measure to avoid blockages and buildup, extend the lifespan of pipelines, drains, and industrial equipment, and minimize the need for costly repairs.

Hydro jetting is a powerful and effective way to clear tough clogs and clean pipes thoroughly. However, it’s important to consult with Raider Rooter to determine if it’s the right solution for your specific situation and plumbing system.

We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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How to Minimize Damage: Six Essential Steps to Take During a Plumbing Emergency
February 26, 2024

How to Minimize Damage: Six Essential Steps to Take During a Plumbing Emergency

A man with a worried and surprised look on his face. Standing inside a kitchen  on his cellphone and holding a metal bowl appearing to catch water leaking from above him.

Dealing with a plumbing emergency can be a real headache. But knowing what to do before the plumber arrives can make a big difference in minimizing damage and de-escalating the situation.

Here are six things you should do while the plumber is on the way:

Clear the area

Remove any objects, furniture, or items obstructing access to the affected plumbing fixtures. This will allow the plumber to get to work immediately to fix the problem.

Shut off the water supply

Locate the main water shut-off valve and turn it off to stop water flow to the affected areas. This step is crucial in preventing further water damage. In most homes, the main water valve is near the water meter, usually near the front of your property.

Turn off the electricity

If the plumbing emergency involves electrical appliances or outlets near water, switch off the electricity from the fuse box to reduce the risk of electrical shock.

Open faucets

Open all the faucets in your home to relieve pressure in the plumbing system and help drain excess water – this includes flushing toilets and running outside spigots.

Contain the leak

If the source of the leak is evident, take steps to contain it using pipe clamps, towels, or plumber’s tape. This can help minimize damage until the plumber arrives.

Ventilate the area

Plumbing emergencies often lead to foul odors and moisture buildup. Ventilating the area by opening windows and using fans to force airflow can help prevent mold and mildew growth.

The best way to reduce the risk of plumbing emergencies is with regular maintenance and inspections of your plumbing system. Don’t wait for an emergency to schedule an appointment – give us a call today and let us take care of your plumbing needs.

The Raider Rooter team is always available, so drop our contact information into your phone: 866-6RAIDER. We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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The Top Seven Things Kids Flush Down the Toilet
January 28, 2024

The Top Seven Things Kids Flush Down the Toilet

Kids have an uncanny knack for turning everyday scenarios into unexpected adventures. And the allure of the unknown is often the most exciting. At home, the porcelain bowl is their canvas of curiosity, and flushing items down the magic hole is a gateway to endless surprises.

Here are seven of the most common items we’ve seen kids flush down the toilet!

Toys, toys, and more toys: From miniature cars to action figures to rubber ducks, it’s not uncommon for a drain to become the chosen portal for a toy’s great escape.

Cardboard books: Some mini bookworms have been known to give their favorite tales an alternate ending.

Art supplies: Crayons, markers, and finger paints often make their mark on the way down the drain.

Hair accessories: Bobby pins, hair ties, and other small accessories are sent to aquatic princesses during playtime.

Fish: The biggest takeaway from “Finding Nemo” was that all drains lead to the ocean.

Paper: Let’s not forget the classic, the OG, paper. Whether it’s toilet tissues or construction paper, there’s nothing more tempting in the eyes of imaginative kiddos.

Food: From broccoli to berries, drains continue to be an irresistible destination for unwanted foods to disappear.

If your kids have flushed items down the toilet and caused a clog you can’t clear, reach out to us. The Raider Rooter team is always available. We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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Happy Holidays: Our Four Top Plumbing Tips of 2023
December 5, 2023

Happy Holidays: Our Four Top Plumbing Tips of 2023

As 2023 draws to a close, the Raider Rooter family wants to extend our warm holiday wishes. This time of year is always full of excitement but can also get a little chaotic. Now more than ever, we’re grateful for the opportunity to share our expertise and plumbing insights with you. From safeguarding your pipes against pesticides to determining when not to DIY, join us in revisiting our year’s top tips and tricks.

DIY dangers you can’t flush away:

Despite the allure of cost-effectiveness, there are specific DIY plumbing projects that should be avoided at all costs, including installing a new toilet, replacing a water heater, fixing a clogged sewer line, installing a shower, and installing a sink. The complications of these tasks, from potential leaks and health hazards to gas lines and electrical risks, cannot be emphasized enough.

Invest in your septic sense:

Septic tanks play a critical yet often overlooked role in our daily lives. These underground wastewater treatment systems are nearly indestructible, lasting up to 30 years. But only with proper maintenance, including mindful water usage, responsible flushing habits, avoiding harsh chemicals, protecting the drainage field, and scheduling regular professional maintenance to prevent potential issues from escalating.

Banish bugs without bugging your pipes:

Nobody wants to start their day dealing with unwelcome pests. But before reaching for pesticides, consider the potential harm they may inflict on your plumbing. Harsh chemicals can damage septic systems and drainage fields, disrupting the delicate microbial balance crucial for proper functioning.

Thank you for being part of the Raider Rooter community. Our commitment to providing quality service and products has been the cornerstone of our business since 1978. Whether it’s for emergency repairs, routine maintenance, or plumbing questions, we are grateful you entrust your plumbing needs to us.


All of us at Raider Rooter wish you a joyful and stress-free holiday. May your pipes flow smoothly, your drains remain clog-free, and your home be filled with warmth and laughter.

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4 Tips to Keep Your Thanksgiving Feast from Going Down the Drain
November 20, 2023

4 Tips to Keep Your Thanksgiving Feast from Going Down the Drain

a family gathered around the Thanksgiving table while dad cuts a turkey.

Thanksgiving is a time for feasting and family gatherings, but it’s also a day when a lot of food goes down the drain, leading to potential plumbing problems. Many plumbers consider the day after Thanksgiving their busiest day of the year. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we want to share some essential tips to help you enjoy your feast without having to deal with plumbing issues afterward.

Be kind to your garbage disposal.

You’ll likely find your garbage disposal working harder than usual on this special day centered around food. And that means you need to be mindful of what goes down the drain. Carelessness can lead to a clogged drain, and no one wants that to interrupt their holiday celebration!

Be mindful of your jewelry and everyday items.

Food isn’t the only thing causing clogged drains on Thanksgiving. We receive many calls to retrieve non-food items from kitchen pipes, such as jewelry, napkin holders, pens, and children’s toys. So, keep the kitchen clear of non-food-related items to prevent mishaps.

Avoid harsh items.

The garbage disposal is incredibly convenient, especially when you’re cooking a feast for a crowd. But there are certain items you should never put down your garbage disposal or drains, as they can cause serious plumbing issues. Some of these are:

  • Fats, oils, and grease: Your Thanksgiving meal will undoubtedly have these, but pouring them down the drain can lead to clogs. It’s best to put them in an old soup can, allow them to cool, and throw them in the trash.
  • Turkey bones: While a single bone may not damage the garbage disposal, a collection of them will harm the appliance.
  • Gristle: This solid form of fat can quickly create a stubborn clog.
  • Onion and potato peelings: These can make a paste when combined with water and clog your drains. This paste swells over time, causing a nasty blockage.

Keep an eye on the kids.

Thanksgiving brings together the entire family, including children of all ages. And there’s no one more curious than a young child. Younger children can sometimes cause plumbing issues by attempting to flush non-flushable items down the toilet, whether diapers, keys, or kitty litter.


Nobody wants to deal with plumbing emergencies when there’s delicious food to enjoy and family memories to make. Of course, if you have to invite a plumber over, the Raider Rooter team is always available. We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you.

If you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problemsconsult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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#TalkSepticToMe: Your Guide to Responsible Septic Tank Maintenance 
September 23, 2023

#TalkSepticToMe: Your Guide to Responsible Septic Tank Maintenance 

In September, the United States recognizes National Septic Smart Week, a week dedicated to an often overlooked yet incredibly important aspect of our lives – septic systems. Its trademark hashtag, #TalkSepticToMe is more than just a catchy tagline; it’s a call to action and a chance to learn.

Septic systems might not always be at the forefront of our minds, but they play a vital role in our daily lives. These underground wastewater treatment structures serve homes and businesses not connected to public sewer systems. They’re the silent heroes working underground (pun intended) to process the water we use. And during National Septic Smart Week, the #TalkSepticToMe movement encourages us to understand septic systems and their proper maintenance better.

So, let’s explore some valuable tips for keeping your septic tank in optimal condition.

Be mindful of your water usage. Conserving water isn’t just good for your utility bills; it’s also great for your septic system. Excessive water usage can overload the tank and hinder the natural breakdown of solids.

Think before you flush. Your septic system isn’t a trash can. Items like wipes, feminine hygiene products, and other non-biodegradable materials should never be flushed down the drain, as they can clog the system and lead to costly repairs.

Avoid harsh chemicals. Using harsh chemicals can kill the beneficial bacteria that help break down waste in your tank. Opt for septic-safe cleaning products to maintain the microbial balance within the tank.

Protect your drainage field. Your drainfield plays a crucial role in wastewater distribution. Avoid parking vehicles or heavy machinery on it, as excessive weight can compact the soil and disrupt proper drainage.

Schedule regular maintenance. Regular professional inspections are essential to catch potential issues before they escalate. A trained eye can identify early signs of leaks, drainage problems, and other concerns.

Let’s all take steps toward responsible septic maintenance. By following these tips, we’re committing to taking care of our homes and contributing to healthier communities. And Raider Rooter can support your efforts. We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you.

If you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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Is Your Plumbing Hurricane Ready? Five Must-Follow Steps for Protection
August 25, 2023

Is Your Plumbing Hurricane Ready? Five Must-Follow Steps for Protection

Hurricane season is underway. Is your plumbing system well-prepared for a potential disaster? A well-maintained system can help prevent water damage and ensure your home stays functional even in the face of a severe storm.

Let’s explore five essential tips to get your plumbing hurricane season ready.

  • Inspect and repair: Conduct a thorough inspection of your plumbing system, checking for leaks, drips, or any signs of wear and tear. Minor issues can quickly escalate during heavy rainfall and strong winds.

  • Secure exposed pipes: Strong winds and flying debris during a hurricane can cause significant damage to exposed pipes. Secure any exposed pipes around your home by adding insulation or protective covers.

  • Clear out storm drains: Blocked drains can lead to water pooling around your home’s foundation, causing flooding and structural damage. Clean up leaves, branches, and any other debris to ensure proper water flow and drainage and prevent water from backing up into your pipes.

  • Protect your water supply: Hurricanes can cause sewer systems to overflow, leading to contaminated water backing up into your home. Shut off the main water valve in your home to ensure your water supply remains clean and uncontaminated.

  • Emergency kit: Prepare an emergency plumbing repair kit with essential items such as pipe patches, plumbing tape, wrenches, and sealants. Having these supplies readily available can help you address minor plumbing issues during the storm and prevent further damage until professional help is available.

Preparing your plumbing system for hurricane season can save you from costly repairs and potential water damage. Remember, early preparation and a proactive approach are key to minimizing potential damage. And Raider Rooter can support your efforts. We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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5 Tips to Help Your Tenants Take Care of Their Plumbing Systems in Rental Properties
July 18, 2023

5 Tips to Help Your Tenants Take Care of Their Plumbing Systems in Rental Properties

Maintaining the plumbing systems in rental properties is a common challenge for owners and managers. However, you can prevent costly repairs and preserve the property’s value by helping residents take proper care of their plumbing.

Today, we’re sharing five ways to encourage tenants to be proactive in maintaining the plumbing systems in their units, minimize issues, and promote a harmonious living environment for all residents. 

  1. Provide clear guidelines and expectations in the lease agreement: One of the initial steps in fostering responsible plumbing practices is to include clear guidelines and expectations in the lease agreement. Outline what constitutes acceptable plumbing usage and emphasize the importance of reporting any issues promptly. Proving this information immediately ensures tenants know their responsibilities and sets a standard for responsible behavior.
  2. Encourage tenants to report issues immediately: Create an environment where renters feel comfortable reporting plumbing issues promptly. Emphasize the importance of early detection and intervention to prevent further damage. Implement a reporting system that is easily accessible, such as an online form or a dedicated phone line, and make sure tenants are aware of these channels.
  3. Respond promptly to concerns and repair requests: Addressing plumbing issues as soon as possible is essential. Promptly attending to repairs resolves the demonstrates your commitment to tenant satisfaction and encourages them to report problems promptly in the future.
  4. Provide accessible and well-maintained disposal options: Proper waste disposal prevents plumbing clogs. Offering accessible and well-maintained disposal options such as garbage disposals and recycling facilities can significantly contribute to tenants’ ability to dispose of waste and avoid plumbing clogs properly. Promoting proper waste disposal creates an environment where tenants actively contribute to the longevity and efficiency of the plumbing systems in their rental units.
  5. Foster a culture of respect and responsibility: Create a sense of community among your residents by fostering a culture of respect and responsibility for shared resources. To strengthen this culture, consider organizing community events or workshops focused on water conservation and responsible plumbing practices.

By implementing these strategies, landlords and building managers can promote responsible plumbing practices among residents, leading to fewer plumbing issues, increased tenant satisfaction, and cost savings in the long run. And Raider Rooter can support the efforts with expert tips and advice for property managers to include in their newsletters and other resident communications.

We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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4 Common Commercial Property Plumbing Mishaps That Could Drain You
June 21, 2023

4 Common Commercial Property Plumbing Mishaps That Could Drain You

Owning a commercial property comes with a myriad of responsibilities. From filling vacancies and collecting rent to managing repairs and ensuring compliance with state and local building codes, the to-do list never seems to end. However, amidst all these duties, it’s crucial not to overlook one of the most critical aspects of commercial property ownership – plumbing maintenance. Failure to maintain your property’s plumbing system can lead to major issues that cost you money and create headaches for your tenants. 

Here are the biggest plumbing mistakes commercial property owners make and how to avoid them:

  • Neglecting regular maintenance and inspections. Minor issues can quickly become bigger, more expensive problems if you ignore them. Scheduling regular maintenance and inspections can help identify potential issues before they become major headaches.

  • Ignoring warning signs. Slow drains, strange odors, and increased water bills are all warning signs that something is not right. Don’t ignore these signs; address them right away before they turn into more significant issues.

  • Hiring unqualified people. Plumbing repairs require specialized knowledge, experience, and tools. Hiring someone who doesn’t have the right tools or training can have disastrous results. 

  • Failing to address environmental concerns. Cross-contamination, waste disposal, and groundwater protection are all essential considerations when it comes to plumbing systems. It is important to conduct thorough environmental assessments and work with experienced plumbing professionals who understand the potential risks and can provide environmentally responsible solutions.

  • Not having emergency systems in place. Time is of the essence during plumbing emergencies! Any significant lag time can lead to costly downtime and considerable property damage. Maintenance teams and night security staff need to know exactly who to call and have their contact information readily available to minimize further damage. 

Avoiding these major plumbing mistakes can save you time, money, and your reputation as a proactive commercial property owner. After all, ignoring a problem will only result in a bigger, more expensive problem.

If you’ve noticed anything out of the ordinary, call Raider Rooter. We can assess the situation and recommend the best course of action. We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewers since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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From Pests to Pipes: Why Using the Wrong Chemicals Can Cost You
May 15, 2023

From Pests to Pipes: Why Using the Wrong Chemicals Can Cost You

Picture this: it’s early in the morning, and you walk into your kitchen, still half-asleep, only to be greeted by pests crawling all over your sink and countertops. It’s enough to jolt you awake faster than a cup of coffee! You’ll probably want to take immediate action to get rid of them, but be careful not to unintentionally put your plumbing system at risk. Using pesticides and chemicals to control pests can potentially harm your pipes.

What can go wrong?

  • Damage septic systems and drainage fields. These systems rely on a delicate balance of microorganisms to function properly, and introducing harsh chemicals can disrupt that balance, leading to clogs, backups, and even septic system failure.

What should you do instead?

  • Use EPA-approved products. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates pesticides and chemicals used for pest control. Look for products approved by the EPA and follow the instructions carefully to ensure that you’re using the product safely and effectively.
  • Use alternative pest control methods. There are plenty of effective ways to control pests without using harsh chemicals. Traps and natural solutions like essential oils and vinegar can be just as effective as chemical pesticides.
  • Hire a professional pest control service. The best way to ensure the proper and safe application of chemicals is by hiring a professional pest control service. They’ll have the knowledge and experience to apply chemicals safely and effectively.
  • Schedule regular plumbing maintenance. Regular maintenance is always the best way to ensure your pipes and fixtures are in good condition.

If you’re dealing with slow drains or leaks, give us a call. It could mean chemicals have damaged your pipes. Let Raider Rooter assess the damage and recommend the best course of action.

We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewers since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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Don’t Forget Your Plumbing! Four Important Tips for a Thorough Spring Cleaning
April 22, 2023

Don’t Forget Your Plumbing! Four Important Tips for a Thorough Spring Cleaning

Whether you’re a neat freak or prefer a more relaxed approach to cleaning, a good spring refresh is always a good idea. But don’t forget your plumbing! After all, taking care of your plumbing system is essential for a healthy and happy home. And it doesn’t take a lot to ensure it’s in top shape for the season ahead. These are the top four areas you should check on this spring.

  1. Clean out the aerators. Aerators are small mesh screens that attach to the end of faucets and help to regulate the water flow. Over time, mineral deposits can build up in the aerator, restricting the water flow and reducing pressure. Removing and cleaning the aerator can improve water flow and restore your faucets to their full functionality.
  2. Check toilets for leaks. Water leaks lead to wasted water and higher water bills, so checking for leaks is essential. And it’s easy to do with food coloring. Add a few drops of food coloring to the tank and wait a few minutes. If you see colored water in the bowl, water is leaking from the tank into the bowl. 
  3. Clean showerheads. Showerheads can also suffer from mineral buildup, which reduces water flow and leads to uneven spray patterns. The best way to prevent this is by regularly cleaning your showerhead to remove mineral deposits. Fill a plastic bag with vinegar, attach it to the showerhead with a rubber band, and let it soak overnight. This will help to dissolve any mineral buildup and leave your showerhead clean and functioning at its best.
  4. Call a plumber. Scheduling a preventative maintenance appointment is an important step to ensuring your plumbing system runs smoothly and efficiently. We recommend scheduling this type of appointment once a year to catch any potential issues before they turn into major problems. 

A good spring cleaning shouldn’t be limited to the visible surfaces of your home. It should extend to your plumbing system too. And Raider Rooter can keep your plumbing system in top shape every season. We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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When to Call a Plumber: 5 Plumbing Projects You Definitely Should Not DIY
March 18, 2023

When to Call a Plumber: 5 Plumbing Projects You Definitely Should Not DIY

There are plenty of plumbing projects that many of us can tackle on our own. But there are several plumbing tasks you should never attempt as a DIY project. These projects may seem simple at first glance, but they can quickly become a disaster if not handled by a professional plumber. Here are our top five plumbing projects you should not DIY.

A man installing a toilet, which is one of the plumbing projects you should not DIY

  1. Installing a New Toilet. Installing a new toilet may seem simple, but it can quickly become a complicated and messy ordeal. Properly sealing the toilet to the floor and ensuring a tight connection to the waste pipe is crucial to prevent leaks, which can cause water damage to your floors, walls, and ceilings. What’s more, improper installation can lead to waste pipe misalignment, which creates sewer gas leaks and other health hazards.
  2. Replacing a Water Heater. Replacing a water heater is a complex and potentially dangerous task. Attempting to do it yourself can lead to serious problems. Old water heaters must be adequately drained and disposed of, which can be challenging and potentially hazardous for those unfamiliar with the process. And replacing a water heater involves working with gas lines and electrical connections, requiring specialized knowledge and training. Any mistake during the replacement can lead to gas leaks or electrical shocks.
  3. Fixing a Clogged Line. Trying to fix a main sewer line clog can be dangerous, as it often involves working with raw sewage and toxic chemicals that can cause serious health issues. Plus, unclogging a sewer line requires expertise to identify the source of the problem and specialized tools to clear the clog. A mistake can further damage your pipes, requiring costly repairs.
  4. Installing a Shower. Installing a shower is not simple, primarily because of the drain installation. Properly installing the drain requires precise measurement and placement to ensure correct drainage and prevent water buildup. Mistakes can cause water to collect under the shower floor, leading to water damage, mold growth, and expensive repairs.
  5. Installing a Sink. Installing or repairing a kitchen sink improperly can cause leaks, inadequate drainage, and even potential water damage to your home. A professional plumber has the knowledge, tools, and experience to ensure the sink and waste pipes are installed and functioning correctly.

Attempting plumbing projects you should not DIY may seem like a cost-effective solution, but it can lead to costly damage, unsafe conditions, and future repairs. Raider Rooter has been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for even more thorough and helpful information.

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6 Signs Your Septic Tank Could Be Starting to Fail
February 14, 2023

6 Signs Your Septic Tank Could Be Starting to Fail

A properly installed and well-maintained septic system can last up to 30 years. But, like everything in your home, your septic tank requires maintenance to stay in good working order. If ignored for too long, your septic unit could get clogged and start to malfunction. This can not only cause significant plumbing problems, but it can also become a health hazard over time. Fortunately, there are warning signs.

A clogged septic tank pipe

  1. Wetness near the drain field: A malfunctioning septic tank stops absorbing wastewater properly. As a result, the wastewater meant to go into the tank seeps into the ground and eventually becomes a large pool of water or dampness near the drain field. 
  2. Slow-draining plumbing: When a septic tank is full, wastewater does not have the proper outlet. The water and waste meant to drain start to back up and clog your pipes, causing your drains to become naturally slow to drain.
  3. Unpleasant odor near the drain field: If you notice a strong, unpleasant smell near the drain field or your plumbing fixtures, it’s coming from your septic tank. The odors that come from the sewer can work their way into your drain field and your main drain line. 
  4. Bright green grass suddenly growing over the drain field: Mulch, which feeds the soil, consists of many different materials, including manure. Sewage can have the same properties as manure, containing nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, and micronutrients that plants can absorb to grow. If you notice your lawn looks greener near the drain field than in other parts of your yard, it’s a likely indication that wastewater is leaking into your lawn.
  5. Gurgling sounds coming from your toilets: The built-up waste in the septic tank creates air pockets that cause gurgling sounds to come out of your toilet when you use other plumbing fixtures in your home. This is a definite sign that your tank is full or something is wrong with it.
  6. Sewage backup into the home: If your septic tank is full or severely clogged, your waste has nowhere to go. Eventually, everything will make its way back up your pipes and into your home. This is the most dangerous and immediate sign of system failure, as it can become a major health hazard.

It’s important to recognize these signs and address any septic tank issues as quickly as possible. Ignoring these signs could cause more serious damage and become a health hazard over time.

If you suspect you might have a problem with your tank, give us a call. Raider Rooter has been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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6 of the Most Common Causes for Cracked Pipes in South Florida
January 27, 2023

6 of the Most Common Causes for Cracked Pipes in South Florida

If you’ve lived in South Florida long enough, there’s a good chance you’ve dealt with the frustrations that come with cracked and broken pipes. That’s because cracked pipes are among the leading causes of water damage here. Luckily, knowing the most common causes of cracked pipes can help you identify and address problems quickly, avoiding more severe damage to your home.

Cracked Pipes in South Florida

Here are six of the primary culprits for cracked pipes in South Florida.

  1. Weather: Extreme temperatures can cause water pipes to expand and contract, resulting in cracking or bursting. Hot summer months in South Florida often result in bursts due to the intense heat and humidity.
  2. Water pressure: Excess water pressure in your pipes can cause them to crack, leak, and burst. This is often caused by oversized plumbing, faulty pipe fittings that haven’t been secured properly, or clogged plumbing lines.
  3. Debris: Construction and repair work can sometimes lead to waste and other materials entering your pipes. When water pressure builds up behind that material, it can cause the pipe to break and flood your home. 
  4. Corrosion: Corrosion is a common problem for pipes in older homes, which accounts for as many as 52% of residences in South Florida. As pipes age, they corrode and can eventually crack.
  5. Tree roots: Tree roots often cause clogged pipes, but they can also cause cracks in your plumbing over time. The roots may eventually grow into the pipe and cause it to break.
  6. Improperly sealed pipes: When an unskilled person tries to install new pipes and fittings or fix a pipe issue, the inner pipe is not always correctly sealed. When this happens, water pressure builds up inside the pipe and eventually causes a crack or a break. 

By understanding the most common causes of cracked pipes in South Florida, you can be better equipped to identify potential problems and address any issues quickly. This will help avoid more serious water damage and costly repairs. If you suspect a crack or issue with your plumbing, give us a call.

Raider Rooter has been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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Our Top 3 Plumbing Tips to Keep Your Home Running Smoothly this Holiday Season
December 13, 2022

Our Top 3 Plumbing Tips to Keep Your Home Running Smoothly this Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for sharing and celebrating with family and friends. It’s also a time when many of us put our homes to the test – whether by whipping up a feast, entertaining guests, or hosting extended family. Make sure your plumbing is up to par! In case you missed any of our helpful tips this year, we’ve gathered a few of the best together in one place just for you.

Here are our top three plumbing tips this holiday season:

  1. Your shower shouldn’t smell like rotten eggs. There’s nothing more unpleasant than the stench of rotten eggs when you’re trying to take a relaxing shower. The good news is: you’re not imagining it. The scent you’re detecting is sulfur bacteria. The really good news: we can help it go away. Give us a call and we’ll help you determine whether it’s best to flush and disinfect your water tank or replace it entirely.
  2. Your landscaping could be ruining your plumbing. Did you know tree roots can grow up to three times the length of the tree itself? And that means major plumbing problems if they find their way into your sewer line. So, keep an eye out for suspicious water pooling around your home, slow-draining sinks or toilets, and sewage backups. If you suspect tree root intrusion is to blame, we can help.
  3. You’ll never believe what’s clogging your bathroom sink. It’s true, hair and soap scum are the most common culprits when it comes to clogged bathroom sinks. But did you know that toothpaste, makeup, and even contact lenses can also find their way into your drain pipes? Yikes! Luckily, our experienced technicians can help clear any blockage with ease.

We’re always available when you need us -whether it’s for emergency repairs, routine maintenance, or answers to your plumbing questions. Our commitment to providing quality service and products has been the cornerstone of our business since 1978. Thank you for entrusting your plumbing needs to us.

From all of us at Raider Rooter, we wish you peace and joy during this special time. Happy Holidays!

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Three Plumbing Problems All South Florida Homeowners Should Know About
November 24, 2022

Three Plumbing Problems All South Florida Homeowners Should Know About

Living in Florida comes with a lot of perks – the weather, the beaches, the cultural diversity, and so much more. But did you know there are also some unique plumbing problems that come with living in the Sunshine State? While you might enjoy the sun and the heat, your plumbing doesn’t.

If you’re a homeowner in South Florida, it’s important to be aware of three common plumbing-related issues and how to avoid them.

  1. Scaling. Florida’s primary groundwater source comes from the Florida Aquifer System. When the water moves through the aquifer, it picks up sediments and minerals. In South Florida, where the aquifer is deeper, it picks up more than an average amount. Sediment and minerals enter your pipes and lead to scaling. Scaling is when calcium and magnesium deposits build up inside your pipes, restricting water flow and eventually causing them to burst. If you notice your water pressure decreasing or your pipes making strange noises, it could be a sign of scaling. 
  2. Corrosion. Pipes corrode over time. That’s just a given. But in Florida, the chlorination process used to remove contaminants from the water supply can actually accelerate the corrosion process. Chlorine is one of the most efficient ways to kill germs and pathogens in our water sources. But it’s also a powerful oxidizing agent harmful to your pipes. 
  3. Termites. Yes, termites. These little pests love nothing more than munching on wood. But do you know what attracts them? Leaky pipes, improper drainage, and any other type of moisture. If you have a plumbing problem that extends to your home’s surrounding wood, it may attract a termite infestation.

Prevention is the most effective way to manage plumbing-related problems. Scheduling periodic plumbing inspections to look for signs of scaling and corrosion, and making sure your pipes are properly sealed can go a long way in preventing costly repairs down the road. And if you notice your plumbing acting up, give us a call.

Raider Rooter has been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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5 Grilling Tips That Will Save Your Plumbing
October 24, 2022

5 Grilling Tips That Will Save Your Plumbing

When it comes to outdoor cooking, Floridians are pros. After all, we can grill all year round, especially in the winter when temperatures are mild, and standing over a hot grill isn’t such a chore. But when it comes to your plumbing, it’s imperative to be mindful of your cleanup habits. If you want to keep perfecting your grillin’ skills without sacrificing your plumbing, read on for our top tips!

Plumbing problems are the last thing you want to deal with when trying to relax and enjoy a backyard BBQ. So here are a few tips to help keep your plumbing functioning properly while you grill:

  • Before you start cooking, scrape off any food stuck to the grates. This will prevent it from burning and sticking to the grill, making it harder to clean later.

  • Grease and oil are inevitable when grilling, but there are ways to minimize the mess. Line your drip pan with foil for easy cleanup, and soak up any grease that drips off the grates with a paper towel.

  • When you’re ready to wash your grill brush, do it outside in a bucket of soapy water. Tossing greasy grilling tools into your dishwasher can lead to clogged plumbing. 

  • Don’t put your grill brush in the dishwasher! The bristles can break off and clog the pipes.

  • Soak metal skewers and grates in a bucket of soapy water for an hour before scrubbing them clean. This will help loosen any stuck-on food.

If you have a grease fire, don’t pour water on it! This will only spread the grease and make the fire worse. Instead, cover the grill with a lid or a baking sheet to smother the flames.

Following these tips will ensure a delicious meal and keep your plumbing safe. Just remember to take precautions when handling hot coals, and never pour grease down the drain. And if you notice your plumbing acting up after a day of outdoor cooking, give us a call.

Raider Rooter has been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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Three Things You Don’t Expect Could Be Clogging Your Bathroom Sink
September 16, 2022

Three Things You Don’t Expect Could Be Clogging Your Bathroom Sink

Bathroom sinks always seem to get clogged. But what’s causing the problem? In most cases, it’s actually everyday household items that people tend to overlook. 

Let’s discuss three common items that could be causing your clogged drains and how you can keep them clear.

Can soap clog a sink drain?

You probably never thought the soap you use to wash your hands could be causing your drain to clog, but it can. Soap is made up of oils and fats, which can solidify and cling to the sides of your pipes. Over time, this build-up can cause a blockage.

There are a few things you can do to prevent this from happening. First, invest in a drain strain to catch the soap before it has a chance to enter your pipes. Second, switch to liquid soap instead of bar soap. This will help reduce the amount of build-up in your pipes.

Can toothpaste cause a clogged drain?

Toothpaste is another common culprit of clogged drains. Like soap, toothpaste is made up of oils and fats that can solidify over time and cause a blockage. 

A drain strain will also help prevent toothpaste from causing clogs, catching it before it has a chance to enter your pipes. You should also be careful about what kind of toothpaste you use, as abrasive types can damage your pipes.

Can makeup clog a drain?

Thick liquid creams and foundations may leave a woman’s skin looking flawless, but they’re particularly problematic for your pipes. Cosmetics, especially foundation, can be very thick and oily. When it’s washed down the sink, it solidifies and adheres to the sides of your pipes. Over time, this build-up can cause a blockage.

To prevent this from happening, use makeup-removing wipes before washing your face. Wipes will remove most of the makeup before it has a chance of washing down the sink. You should also be careful about what kind of makeup you use. For example, avoid using thick, oily foundations. Instead, opt for lighter, water-based formulas.

These are just a few common household items that could be causing your bathroom sink to clog. By being aware of these items and taking steps to prevent them from entering your pipes, you can avoid having to deal with a clogged drain. But if you need help with a stubborn clog, give us a call.

Raider Rooter has been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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