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Suffering from slow or clogged drains? No problem, call the Atlanta plumbers at Ridgeway Mechanical for fast and honest drain cleaning and repair service in Atlanta. You see, once we use the incoming water from our faucets, toilets, showers or tubs, it has to have somewhere to go, right? The drainage system inside your Atlanta home is an indispensable part of your total plumbing system, carrying waste and used (gray) water to the sewer or septic system outside. Indoor drainage systems have been a part of homes for centuries, and as such the materials and construction of drain system’s components have changed a bit. Some of these changes have been due to improvements in piping materials, while others have come about due to code changes and requirements. Atlanta plumbing code requirements change frequently and dictate that indoor drainage systems be constructed in a certain way, regardless of how many bathrooms are in the home. Drain pipe size and configurations is calculated based on the size and layout of the home. They must still conform to certain rules.

Drain pipe materials in older homes consisted mostly of thin-walled stainless steel, copper, lead, and cast iron. The steel, copper, and lead were usually found under sinks, while cast iron was found in walls and basements or crawlspaces, forming the main sewer system for the home. A very common Atlanta plumbing configuration for an under-sink drain setup was as follows: thin-wall stainless, soldered into a copper stub, then soldered into a lead stub, with the lead then connected to the cast iron. That’s FOUR different materials all connected within a few feet of each other, all susceptible to corrosion or rust. As such, leaks are very common in these locations. With so many failure points, problems were imminent. When one of these leaks occur, we make the repairs with PVC (poly-vinyl chloride) piping, which is an extremely durable, clean, and inexpensive type of plastic pipe. We remove as much of the older metal piping as possible, often leaving you with brand new drainage all the way back into the wall and reaching the cast iron (which is less prone to leaks).

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If your Atlanta home has a basement, most of your drainage system is visible there (unless your basement is finished). Cast iron, while being slightly more durable than the metal above piping materials, still develops leaks after many years. These leaks are caused by waste accumulating along the interior wall of the piping and rotting, causing the cast iron to rust through to the outside. Leaks are also common on cast iron joints, which are attached with a material called oakum (a rope-like substance similar to hemp). The oakum wears away with age and use, allowing leaks to occur. Complete basement and crawlspace drainage re-pipes are an everyday job for us, and one of the best plumbing investments you can make for your home. As previously stated, we use PVC to repair and replace all the cast iron drain lines, branching from your fixtures all the way to the exterior wall of your home, and further if you prefer (see “Sewer Lines” section). Our 12-month Atlanta Plumbing warranty is given on all repairs to your interior drains.

As you may have already seen, drain cleaning and repairs are no small tasks and whether you call us or not it is something that it is best if handled by a professional. Also, if you follow consumer report at all, you may also know that drain cleaning chemicals like DRANO only work in the short term. If used ofter they can cause extensive and irreparable damage to your sewer lines. Don’t do it along if you are experiencing slow or clogged drains class the fast and honest drain cleaning experts in Atlanta. Call Ridgeway Mechanical at (770) 450-1900 today!

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Plumbing Problems to Watch Out for

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Most people wait for a catastrophe to strike before looking for a fix. This is a laid back strategy. But when it comes to plumbing, it’s much better to look for things that are about to go wrong or break and fix them before they do. By fixing minor problems and preventing them from becoming major ones, you’ll save money not just on repairs, but also on collateral damage.

Plumbing Issues to Detect

It’s not always feasible to have a plumber come in once or twice a month to check your plumbing. There are things you can do yourself to ensure the adequacy of your plumbing situation. For starters, you may check the following:

Leaky Faucets

This is a pretty clear and apparent problem, but many people have no issue at all letting a faucet leak for weeks or even months. While it may not seem to be an inconvenience, a leaky faucet is still a plumbing issue that needs to be dealt with.

Even if you’re not annoyed by the sound of trickling water, you’re still probably losing money because of your high water bill. Just put a bucket under the faucet and leave it overnight to see how much money you’re wasting.

Internal Leaks

Leaky pipes are way more serious than leaky faucets. It can take a very long time for enough water to build up behind a wall for you to notice the problem. Hidden water damage can lead to structural damage and mold growth.

If you notice water collecting behind a wall or ceiling, you should call a plumber straight away. Until they get to you, turn off the water valve that’s supplying the leaking pipe to minimize the damage. Turn on the faucets connected to the pipes in order to drain any remaining water in them.

Water Pressure

A lot of things can cause low water pressure. It can be caused by something as meager as sediment in the shower head, or something as serious as a water line issue. The problem might not even be in your house. It might be caused by the pipe from the street leading to your house.

You can test the water pressure in your home by using a residential water pressure gauge kit. Connect it to the water outlet and open the valve. Once the gauge stabilizes, check the reading. If you find the pressure to be below 50 psi or above 75 psi, then you’ll need to call a plumber to come in and take a look.


As pipes age and with persistent physical and chemical irritation, they start to corrode. A corroded pipe is almost always one that needs to be replaced. You can check for corrosion by measuring your water’s copper level and looking for rust. A high water copper level means that there’s some corrosion going on. Rust is another indicator to check.

Don’t wait for a leaky faucet to cost you hundreds in bills or for a corroded pipe to burst or break down before doing anything. A simple plumbing job can fix the problem before it gets worse. Call local plumbers as soon as possible.