Five Ways to Prevent Clogged Sewers

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Most homeowners encounter problems with their sinks or toilets. Sometimes they get clogged, but the problem can easily be solved using cleaning solutions. However, if the problem involves the sewer lines draining the entire house, a professional plumber will be required put things back in order with regards to the drains.

As commonly said prevention is better than cure, and is less costly. Here are some tips that will prevent your sewer lines from getting clogged.

  1. The sewer line must be far from bushes and trees. Roots of trees and bushes stretch longer and thicker as they age. If the sewer pipe is close to these plants, their roots can grow, crack the pipes and continue running through them (even more water source for the roots). As the roots thicken, the interior of the pipe is clogged. In some cases, the pipes will eventually break following the pressure exerted from its passage by the growing roots.

  2. Prevent large bits of vegetables, fruits, meat, and other kinds of foods from getting into the drain. They can stop the free flow of water and once they accumulate in the pipe, it can be quite difficult to get rid of them. See to it that your sink has a strainer, so that only water can go down the drain. The solid wastes must be thrown into the trash can. It will be best for you to remove bones, left over meat, and bits of vegetables and fruits from the plates before washing them.

  3. Cooking oil and fatty items used in food can form greasy balls inside the pipe and cause clogging. Before washing greasy eating and kitchen utensils, wipe off the grease from the surface. Do not pour used oil into the drain. Once there is grease inside the pipe, other food particles will stick to it until it forms a ball and clog the drain. Accumulated grease can cause serious problems in your sewer line that only a professional plumber can solve.

  4. Avoid flushing non-biodegradable items down your toilet. Sanitary pads and even some toilet paper can cause clogging. Children would sometimes drop a cake of soap into the bowl or flush pieces of paper or tiny toys down. Parents must be vigilant and must give clear instructions on how to use the toilet properly to prevent clogging.

  5. Clean your drain as often as necessary. Remember that once something solid is inside, it can gather particles and harden. Even if you do not encounter any problems with your drain, it is recommended that you apply a drain cleaner once a month. Do not wait for your drain to give you problems before taking action. Use environment-friendly drain cleaning solutions to protect your drain and sewer lines.

A clogged sewer line can cause waste water to flood your kitchen, bathroom, your yard, the entire house, or even creep out of the property and onto the street. This water is contaminated and it presents a threat to your personal health and that of your neighbors, as well as to the environment. Take the necessary measures before the problem becomes too serious for you to remedy easily.