How to Deal with a Main Drain Clog

As a homeowner, you probably know your way around a plunger, plumber’s snake, and liquid drain cleaners to deal with a clogged sink or toilet. Those a common and relatively simple repairs and seldom need the expertise of a licensed plumber. However, if you find yourself plunging your toilets and sinks more frequently, you may have a blocked main sewer line. Simply put, the main line is the line that runs beneath your yard and carries wastewater from your house, and dumps it into your septic tank or the municipal sewer system. A blocked main line is a major plumbing problem and not a job for even the most skilled DIYer to attempt. Listed below are some indicators that you may have a clogged main line. If you experience any of these, contact Atlas Butler Plumbing at 614-681-2183, ASAP!

Gurgling. If you hear gurgling from your sink or toilet, that’s a sign that something is amiss with your main line. As clogs build within the line, as the water is trying to drain, it can cause bubbling or gurgling sounds.

Drains run slowly. Oftentimes, your drain may run slowly because of a small clog such as hair in the bathtub, and are easy to remove. However, if several of the drains in your home are running slowly, that’s a symptom of a clogged main line.

Foul odor. If your drains smell bad and you haven’t put anything particularly odorous down the sink or garbage disposal, that could signal a clogged main line.

The primary causes of a clogged main sewer line are flushing inappropriate items down the toilet (e.g., feminine hygiene products and disposable diapers), tree root infiltration, and age and conditions of the pipes. The plumber will repair your clogged main line by locating the clog and determining what caused it. They will use rooters, hydro-jetting, and even commercial-grade chemicals to dislodge the clog. In cases where tree roots have grown into the pipes, it may be necessary to excavate your yard to repair the pipes and if necessary, remove the tree.

If you suspect you may have a clogged main sewer line, get in touch with Atlas Butler Plumbing right away at 614-681-2183. The longer you wait, the worse the clog will get, and the more expensive it can be to repair. Our phones are answered 24/7 and in most cases, we can come to your home the same day you call. There are never extra charges for after-hours or overtime calls.

2023-01-19T13:02:09-05:00January 17th, 2023|Around the House, Kitchen Drains, Maintenance|

Got a Leaking Garbage Disposal?

Dealing with a Leaking Garbage Disposal

If you have water under your sink and ruled out a leaking pipe, then the culprit may be the garbage disposal.  It’s a source of leakage that doesn’t always come to mind first. The good news is that most disposal repairs aren’t hugely expensive, but in some cases, it might just make more sense to replace the garbage disposal completely. Listed below are some common causes of disposal leaks. If you are the DIY type, you may be able to tackle these repairs yourself. If not, reach out to the service pros at Atlas Butler by calling 614-681-2183.

  1. Sink flange. A garbage disposal is connected to your sink with a flange and sealed with plumber’s putty. When that flange gets jarred loose or rusts, it will leak. The way to fix this is by resealing the area.
  2. Loose drain lines. When you look under your sink, you will see two hoses connected to the garbage disposal. One is for the dishwasher and the larger one sends waste from the garbage disposal to the sewer system. A remedy is to tighten the clamp on the dishwasher hose or tighten the screws on the outbound hose.
  3. Broken seal. A sign of this is if the disposal is leaking from the bottom. Usually, this means the disposal’s internal seals have worn out. Another possible cause is if a piece of silverware or some other sharp item was accidentally dropped into the disposal and damaged the seal. The recommended solution in this instance is to go ahead and replace the entire garbage disposal.

If your garbage disposal is leaking and your attempt to fix it yourself have failed, call Atlas Butler Plumbing. Our phones are answered 24/7 and we’ll send one of our licensed plumbers over — in most cases, on the same day. We can give you estimates on repairing or garbage disposal replacement.

2022-11-01T14:40:15-04:00October 5th, 2022|Kitchen Drains, Maintenance|

Benefits of High Pressure Drain Cleaning

Get Stubborn Drains Flowing Again

If are frustrated with chronically clogged drains and backups, consider high-pressure drain cleaning. Also known as hydro-jetting, this method of drain cleaning forces a stream of high-pressure water through the pipes to break up clogs and improve water flow. This is really something that you shouldn’t DIY, as if you’re not experienced, things could easily get out of hand, and you’ll end up with more problems than just slow drains. The plumbers at Atlas Butler are experienced in high-pressure drain cleaning and can use this clog-busting technology to force debris through your pipes and discharge it into the sewer system.

High-pressure drain cleaning can get rid of most clogs, including grease, hair, coffee grounds, and even small tree roots. In cases where larger tree roots are a problem, your Atlas Butler technician will recommend the best remedy for removing them. Often, what you put down the sink isn’t even the problem. In areas with hard water, calcium and other mineral deposits build up inside the pipes, which blocks pipes. Hydro-jetting can clean those away as well.

High-pressure drain cleaning has other benefits including economy; it’s more cost-effective than other popular methods of eliminating clogs because it doesn’t require special equipment (like drilling) or chemicals. That said, the absence of harsh chemicals makes hydro-jetting an environmentally friendly practice.  It’s also a speedy process and eliminates any foul odors coming from your drains or in your basement.

If you think high-pressure drain cleaning is a solution to your backed-up sewer lines or clogged sinks, or slow drains, call Atlas Butler Plumbing at 614-681-2183. Our phone is answered 24/7 by a live person and in most cases, you can get a same-day appointment.

2022-11-01T15:00:56-04:00September 15th, 2022|Kitchen Drains, Maintenance|

Dealing With a Stubborn Drain

High-Pressure Drain Cleaning

If are frustrated with chronically clogged drains and backups, consider high-pressure drain cleaning. Also known as hydro-jetting, this method of drain cleaning forces a stream of high-pressure water through the pipes to break up clogs and improve water flow. This is really something that you shouldn’t DIY, as if you’re not experienced, things could easily get out of hand, and you’ll end up with more problems than just slow drains. The plumbers at Atlas Butler are experienced in high-pressure drain cleaning and can use this clog-busting technology to force debris through your pipes and discharge it into the sewer system.

High-pressure drain cleaning can get rid of most clogs, including grease, hair, coffee grounds, and even small tree roots. In cases where larger tree roots are a problem, your Atlas Butler technician will recommend the best remedy for removing them. Often, what you put down the sink isn’t even the problem. In areas with hard water, calcium and other mineral deposits build up inside the pipes, which blocks pipes. Hydro-jetting can clean those away as well.

High-pressure drain cleaning has other benefits including economy; it’s more cost-effective than other popular methods of eliminating clogs because it doesn’t require special equipment (like drilling) or chemicals. That said, the absence of harsh chemicals makes hydro-jetting an environmentally friendly practice.  It’s also a speedy process and eliminates any foul odors coming from your drains or in your basement.

If you think high-pressure drain cleaning is a solution to your backed-up sewer lines or clogged sinks, or slow drains, call Atlas Butler at 614-681-2183. Our phone is answered 24/7 by a live person and in most cases, you can get a same-day appointment.

2022-09-20T09:47:09-04:00July 20th, 2022|Around the House, Kitchen Drains, Maintenance|

The Importance of Using a Plumber in a Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodels Should Include Your Plumber

Thinking of remodeling your kitchen? It looks so easy on the DIY home remodeling shows and seems like nothing more than a quick trip to a big box store for a few supplies after watching a couple of YouTube videos. Right? Wrong. You can actually spend a lot more hiring a professional to correct mistakes than you would have if you’d gone with a skilled craftsman in the first place. A major kitchen remodel is a complex project that can span weeks, even months and a good percentage of the work involves plumbing. Before you pick up that sledgehammer, give Atlas Butler a call to discuss the project and learn how our team of licensed plumbers can help.

Here are a few reasons why it makes sense to get a licensed plumber involved in your kitchen remodel:

  1. Plumbers can help you with appliance placement. A plumber can go into your kitchen and see where the water lines are. That way, they can advise you on where to put your refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, or that big new island with a double sink. Don’t rely solely on aesthetics.
  2. Plumbers know the local building codes. They can also obtain any necessary permits you may not be aware that you need for your remodeling project.
  3. Plumbers can re-route and upgrade existing lines. This is helpful, especially if you have an older house. It’s much better to know beforehand what needs to be done than be faced with an expensive update or repair after the fact. Those types of repairs often require tearing into your brand-new walls or backsplash.
  4. Plumbers can recommend and install your new appliances. Plumbers keep abreast of the latest trends in energy-efficient appliances and can make suggestions based on your family size, lifestyle, design preferences, etc. They can also install the new appliances and make sure they are working properly.

The service pros at Atlas Butler are here to advise you on your kitchen remodeling project along with any of your other plumbing needs. Give us a call at 614-681-2183; our phones are answered by a live person 24/7/365. We have proudly served Central Ohio for more than 100 years and are at your service.

2022-09-20T09:47:31-04:00May 31st, 2022|Around the House, Kitchen Drains|

Keeping Your Drain Traps Clear

Many clogged bathroom drains are due to a build-up of hair. A quick way to tell is if the drain in the sink or shower is draining slowly or is completely backed up. If the water eventually dissipates, then you probably have a hair clog. One easy solution is to get a Zip-It tool, which is a thin serrated plastic strip that you poke down your drain, which you can find online or in a big box or hardware store. (They also go by names like “Hair Weasel.”) The plastic teeth on the strip will catch the hair and you can easily pull it out and dispose of it. However, if the Zip-It didn’t work or you suspect a more serious problem, then contact the service pros at Atlas Butler. We can take a look and see if your drains need to be snaked or rooted or if there is a more serious problem like damaged pipes or tree root obstruction. We are available 24/7; call us at 614-681-2183.

2022-04-22T14:47:31-04:00July 10th, 2021|Around the House, Kitchen Drains, Maintenance|

What not to put down your kitchen drain

You flip on the water and the disposal after cleaning dinner dishes, and the water doesn’t drain. The water mixed with the scraps from dinner circle the drain while your disposal hums. You probably have a clog that needs to be cleared. The main culprit of a clogged kitchen sink is a backed-up garbage disposal, which can happen when you put things down the drain that collect in the pipe.  Kitchen disposals are designed to chop up food refuse and send them down the main drain, but there are some foods and particles that can collect and create a backup. There are many preventive steps you can take to avoid these problems, which starts with knowing what NOT to put down your kitchen drain.

The worst items to put down your garbage disposal are greases and fats, coffee grounds, vegetable scraps and eggshells. Other no-nos include pasta and rice, which when combined with water, can stick together and create a mess. A good rule of thumb, or hand, is … if the scraps are bigger than your fist, then don’t put them down the disposal. And don’t forget to run lots and lots of water.


If you have a clogged sink or backed-up garbage disposal, call Atlas Butler Plumbing at 614-681-2183 to schedule an appointment. Our experienced plumbing techs will inspect the drain and find the quickest solution to open your drain. The pros at Atlas Butler Plumbing are available 24/7 for plumbing emergencies in your home.

2022-04-22T14:48:09-04:00April 1st, 2021|Around the House, Kitchen Drains, Maintenance|
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