Common Summer Plumbing Problems in New Orleans and How to Avoid Them
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Plunging ToiletDid you know that some plumbing problems are more likely to occur during summer? The cold, harsh conditions of winter bring on a whole slew of plumbing problems that can wreak havoc on your plumbing system, and surprisingly, summer can do the same thing! Just because the cold weather is gone doesn’t mean the plumbing problems are too.

While easily prevented, summer plumbing problems can really put in a plug in your summertime fun, so it’s best to avoid them altogether with regular plumbing maintenance. At Bienvenu Brothers, our highly reviewed New Orleans plumbing services utilize the latest innovations in plumbing technology to resolve common plumbing issues during the summer and throughout the year.

Learn how to avoid these common summer plumbing problems with these simple tips.

Plugged up plumbing

New Orleans is famous for its flavorful Cajun summer cuisine, but kitchen waste such corn cobs, heavy bones, grease should always been thrown in the trash and not in the garbage disposal. If used properly, a garbage disposal is the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of things like crab shells, starchy leftovers like pasta and vegetable peals.  Always run lots of cold water while grinding and continue to run cold water for about 15 to 20 seconds after grinding is completed.  Failure to do so can lead to a bad taste in your mouth in the form of a clog! Similarly, items such as baby wipes, paper towels, and feminine care products will clog your toilet, so it’s best to dispose of these in the trash. Summer temperatures means your air conditioning unit will be running, so be sure there is no leakage around the blower compartment caused by a clogged pipe or a malfunctioning reservoir pump.

Standing water in your basement

Summer thunderstorms soak the ground with water and significantly increase the likelihood of basement flooding, therefore it’s important to ensure your sump pump is working at all times. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Sump pump maintenance is the best way to avoid standing in standing water, as well as the costly damage that goes along with it. Consider upgrading to a battery backup sump pump, which will keep your basement dry even if the power cuts out during a summer storm.

Backed up sewer line

As with basement flooding, summer thunderstorms increase the likelihood of a sewer line backup. That’s because the excess water can overwhelm the sewer lines, as rainwater enters sewer pipes via cracks. New tree root growth during the spring can also cause a backup when nutrient-seeking roots plant themselves in sewer pipes and mature during the summer. Installing drain plugs in your home is only a temporary solution for preventing sewer line backups. Our root destroyer treatment and video camera inspections are the best way to prevent this plumbing problem!

Enjoy a summer free of these and other plumbing problems by calling Bienvenu Brothers at the first sign of plumbing trouble. You can rely on our friendly and experienced New Orleans plumbers to get the job done.


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We have used Bienvenu Brothers several times over the last few years, and we have always been extremely satisfied with the service and quality work. Bienvenu always makes every effort to get someone out as soon as possible. They just finished a job that has increased my respect even more. Seven weeks ago, to the day, one of our bathrooms backed up in the early afternoon. Bienvenu had a sewer cleaning truck out later that day. Unfortunate, they were unable to clear the line and it was determined that we needed video inspection to determine the problem. When the video crew came out they determined that there was a problem with the parish sewer line. The parish would come but couldn’t clean the line because of a lift station problem. This repeat every couple of days for weeks. Keith and Louis made calls and did all they could to try to get the problem resolved. Finally, the parish fixed the lift station, cleared the line and corrected an issue with our connection to the main line. The next day, today, Bienvenu had Frank and his crew out, and they made the necessary repair to my line in a couple of hours. FINALLY, we can again use our own shower and toilet. Keith and Louis were persistent in trying to keep things moving, and Frank did a quick and great job of finishing up. I can’t imagine ever using anyone else!

Raymond Perry

Dear Bienvenu Brothers, I am way behind in my correspondence, but I wanted to thank you for the quick, efficient, honest service I received on December 19, 2011. My hot H2O heater went out. I called Bienvenu Brothers because of a recommendation. It was so close to the holidays, but yet you made it possible for my family to take hot showers that night. The computer board went out, and Kirk said it was under warranty and only charged me for the service fee. Since I had never used you before, I was amazed. Thanks for everything!

Desiree E.

I just wanted to thank you for the outstanding service on my new State water heater. I bought the unit from Coburn’s and my husband and a friend installed it. It kept coding out and would not work. I called the manufacturer (State) and they recommended that I call you guys. Vint came out and did some troubleshooting. He contacted State Technical Support, and they sent the part over-night to me. Unfortunately, when the new part was installed, it still did not work, so I called Vint, and he called State again for another part. I have never had such wonderful customer service and was very impressed with the employees’ diligence in staying on top of the matter. Vicki called me to set up my appointments and was so sweet and friendly. Louis Bienvenu originally took my call and was very attentive to my problem and made everything happen. It was a very pleasant experience all the way around, and I just wanted to say “THANKS!”  Next time I have a plumbing problem, I will definitely be giving you guys a call. Thanks again and may God bless you, your family and your business!  

Jana H.

To Louis and all the Bienvenu Brothers: A very gracious thank you! Your help over this last weekend with my grandmother’s house is sincerely appreciated by our family. Everyone we spoke with was kind and very helpful. The no charge for the service was over the top! Bless you and your family. 

April DiGiovanni & Family

Louis & Crew: Thank you so much. Your workmanship is among the best. We are very happy with the new bathroom.

Leo & Paul F.

Dear Keith: A brief thank you note for your help with our recent plumbing problems. We were appreciative of your prompt attention. You, Kirk, Louis, Robbie and Chris were all extremely professional, good attitudes and were very efficient. We would recommend you highly to anyone we know needing plumbing-heating-cooling repairs. Again, thank you.

Martha & Al A.

Dear Mr. Bienvenu: Thank you so much for allowing us to pay off our new hot water heater. I also appreciate your help with this costly bill, and also with the excellent service we received from your Technicians. We look forward to doing business with you again in the future.

Albert W. C Jr.

Dear Sirs: Just to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You all did a wonderful job and people have given you praise. 

Janie F.

Dear Mr. Bienvenu: I wish to commend your entire staff for helping me get my mom’s sewer problem handled in an efficient and effective manner. Your office assistant (I’m sorry I don’t remember her name listened to my plight and relayed my concerns to the plumber. Louis Jr worked with me over the course of two days assuring me that he would give the problem his best effort but could not guarantee we wouldn’t have to dig up the entire front yard. His integrity and dedication got the job done! And then the gentleman (I think his name was Rick) who my mom talked with, assured her that her bill could be paid over a few months’ time, which is “life saving” to an elderly person on a fixed income, who wishes to remain independent. I could not have asked for more. 

Mrs. F.

Just wanted to pass on my sincere appreciation for everything you did with my tankless water heater. Hope I don’t have to call anytime soon.

Gina V.
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