Diagnosing Plumbing Problems in Your Home

Sewer, septic, water line, drain, and stormwater solutions in Baltimore, Maryland

Plumbing breaks when you need it most. Sewers backup, water lines leak, and septic systems overflow. Inevitably, this happens during holidays, parties, and family events. When plumbing problems strike, most homeowners don’t know where to start. We’re here to change that.

C.A. Taciak & Sons is passionate about helping homeowners with their underground plumbing needs. We make it a point to fix our neighbors’ plumbing problems with an unparalleled level of craftsmanship. We believe you can make the most educated decisions for your home’s plumbing repair when you understand the problem at hand. We have compiled our three generations of contracting expertise into guides that walk you through the repair process for each service we offer.

If you are familiar with your plumbing problem and are ready to start the repair process, please get in touch with us.

If you are aware that you have a plumbing problem, but aren’t too sure how to identify it, we encourage you to begin here:

Diagnostic Services:

Camera Inspection

A camera inspection is a great first step in any drain pipe repair process. An accurate inspection allows a surgical and minimally invasive repair for your plumbing. A camera inspection is a visual check of a pipe’s interior condition. It can be can be performed on sewer lines, septic systems, drain lines, and rain leaders. Would your home benefit from a video pipe inspection? Use our camera inspection guide to find out.

Drain Cleaning

Drain cleaning is often the go-to solution when you are experiencing slow or clogged drain lines. Drain cleaning is a great first step if you notice any of these problems affecting your plumbing:

  • Slow or non-draining drains
  • Bubbling or gurgling as a pipe drains
  • Strange noises coming from a drain pipe
  • Foul odors coming from drains or sump-pumps
  • Sewage backups
  • Water pooling near rain leaders

You may find that there is a wide variety of drain cleaning (as well as pricing) advertised in the Baltimore area. We encourage you to read through our guide to drain cleaning to understand this plumbing service.

Leak Detection

Leak detection is the process of finding leaks in both pressurized water piping and drain lines.  Leak detection is a great way to check in on the health of your home, as well as prevent mold, flooding, water damage, and low water pressure.  You may benefit from our leak detection service if you are dealing with any of these problems:

  • High water bills
  • Low water pressure
  • Wet spots on your floor, walls, or lawn
  • Foul odors coming from a pipe or drain
  • Mold near or below a pipe
  • Unusually green patches of lawn
  • Hearing a constant drip from a pipe
  • Seeing a constant drip from a pipe

If any of these problems are present in your home, we encourage you to learn more about our leak detection service.

Annual Inspection Service

An annual plumbing inspection service is a great way to keep abreast of your home’s health. By performing a camera inspection, leak detection, and valve exercising program, we are able to get a complete overview of your plumbing’s condition. With this information, any needed repairs can be taken care of before they grow into bigger problems. The information we gather enables us to track your plumbing problems from year to year. These reports can help you better plan your plumbing maintenance.

Restorative Services:

Sewer repair and replacement

A sewer line is the pipe that drains away a home’s wastewater and sewage. Cracks, clogs, and roots in your sewer line can manifest themselves in many ways. You may have a sewer problem if you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms:

  • Sewage backup
  • Sewer gas odor in basement, lawn, or sump-pump pit
  • Washing machine backing up
  • Slow draining toilet, shower, tub, or sink
  • Overflowing toilet
  • Sinkhole
  • Unusually green sections of lawn
  • Rapid tree or bush growth
  • Sewage seeping from hillsides

If any of these problems are happening in your home, we can help. Please visit our guide to sewer repair and replacement.

Septic repair and installation

A septic system is a complete sewage treatment system that takes the place of a municipal sewer line on your property.  When functioning correctly, a septic system handles the waste you put down your drain and renders it safe to be put back into the environment. Damaged and aging septic system components, as well as cracks, root intrusion, and clogs can all create problems.  You may have a septic system problem if you experience one or more of these symptoms:

  • Sewage backups
  • Toilets flushing slowly
  • Gurgling toilets
  • Foul smells in your lawn
  • Sinkholes
  • Overly green portions of grass
  • Plant life growing uncommonly fast
  • Wet or mushy areas in your yard

If any of these problems are happening in your home, we can help.  Please visit our guide to septic system repair.

Water line repair and replacement

Water lines are the exterior underground piping that brings water from the municipal water supply to your home or building.  Without a water line, your home would have no ready supply of clean water at your sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers, or hoses.  Cracks, pinholes, and corrosion often plague water lines.  Some lines are made from materials that are not safe to drink from.  You may have a water line problem if you are experiencing one or more of these issues:

  • Low water pressure
  • Low water volume
  • Unusually high water bills
  • Wet and soggy yards
  • Water leaks

If any of these problems are happening in your home, we can help.  Please visit our guide to water line repair and replacement.

Rain leader and stormwater management

Stormwater management includes everything from swales and grading to rain leader systems.  Effective stormwater management keeps your home dry and protected from a powerful natural force; water.  Your property’s stormwater management system may need attention if you experience any of the following:

  • A damp or frequently flooded basement
  • Soggy lawn
  • Pools of water in your grass
  • Damp stairwells
  • Overflowing gutters
  • Clogged downspouts
  • Broken or buried rain leader systems

Do any of these stormwater problems sound familiar?  We’ve got your back.  Take advantage of our guide to stormwater and rain leader systems.

Trenchless sewer, waterline, and rain leader options

Perhaps you know that you need a sewer, waterline, or rain leader repair.  You may be hesitating because the line needing replacement runs under hardscaping, a garage, a pool house, driveway, etc.  Maybe you just aren’t keen on having to re-sod your yard after open trenching.  If these problems sound familiar, you may benefit from a trenchless repair.  Please visit our guide to trenchless pipe repair to learn more about the process.

Sinkhole Repair

It is unfortunate to find a sinkhole has appeared on your property. This dreaded problem is both unsightly and dangerous. If you have found that a sinkhole is present in your yard, we encourage you to get in touch with us immediately. Our expertise in both pipe repair and excavation makes our sinkhole remediation service extremely successful. Please learn more about sinkhole repair via our informative guide.

Subcontracting for Plumbers

We’re passionate about plumbing and happy to help other companies better serve their customers. If you’re a plumber or contractor looking to work with a like minded team, we encourage you to link up with us!