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Do You Need to Repair or Replace Your Drain?

You’ve probably heard us talk your ear off about drain clogs and drain cleaning, but what about full-scale drain repair? How can you tell if your drain is damaged? Well, don’t worry. We don’t ask questions that we don’t aim to answer eventually!

Drain repair in Bloomington is a fundamentally different project to complete than drain cleaning. Clogs form naturally over time as homeowners use their drains, but issues that require repair are usually caused by a problem of some sort. Leaks can be caused by chemicals, constant clogging, or age, and at that point you’re better off calling us to have your drain repaired.

Don’t get confused and think that your drain or plumbing system is meant to last forever. Unfortunately, nothing we build lasts forever. Though, when things are repaired effectively by a professional, they can last a heck of a long time!

The Causes for Concern

When drain cleaning isn’t enough and repair becomes the next necessary step, there can be quite a few causes. Below, we’ve listed just a few causes for drain repair that could absolutely be affecting your drains. If you’re unsure as to how you can check your plumbing, feel free to call us and schedule an inspection so we can do a thorough investigation to see if your plumbing is starting to suffer.


Even if the only experience you have with plumbing is through playing Super Mario, the main thing you should know is that pipes leak. This happens over time for a variety of reasons, but leaks tend to be problems all on their own. There are various different types of leaks and each one can be detrimental for different reasons.

  • Pinhole leaks. Pinhole leaks are tiny holes that are invisible to the naked eye, but that leak a substantial amount of water over time. These can be particularly devastating because they’re hard to notice. They don’t make sounds or look like leaks, but when you notice puddles or the fact that your water is always running, you could be suffering from one.
  • Larger leaks. Larger leaks are a more immediate concern. They’re easier to notice and can cause quite a few problems if they’re not immediately plugged and repaired. Call us as soon as you notice one of these types of leaks.

The moral of the story is that you need a professional plumber to deal with leaks. The longer you wait for help, the more water you’ll waste and the more you pay in the long run.


Plumbing systems deteriorate over time, and if you’ve got an older home, chances are your plumbing might be in rough shape. Age can cause leaks, corrosion, or certain plumbing appliances to completely break down. We like to think of galvanized steel pipes as items that can last forever, but they fall apart over time and can require replacement.


What goes through your plumbing every day? Even minor everyday items like food and waste can be acidic or alkaline, which slowly corrodes the lining of your pipes. Corrosion is not a question of if, but when. Your pipes will eventually start corroding just because of the sheer amount of water and waste your home deals with on a daily basis. Call us to have them replaced.

Don’t let your drains drain you. Call Pipeworks Inc. for professional plumbing repair or replacement.

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