What You Can Do to Keep Your Sewer from Clogging
When most people think of clogs and other home plumbing problems, they might imagine a troublesome sink or toilet. While clogs such as these can be a problem, it’s usually fairly easy to solve these. Just about everyone has to deal with a clogged sink or drain once in a while, and a plunger or drain cleaning solution is usually enough to fix the problem. However, plumbing problems can be much more serious than a simple stopped up sink, especially in older homes. In the worst cases, a home’s entire sewer system can become backed up, a problem that often requires the services of a professional plumber. Fortunately, there are things you can do to maintain your home’s pipes and keep your sewer system from clogging.
Use Enzyme Cleaners on Your Drains Monthly
The simplest thing you can do to keep your drains clear is to use a drain cleaner once a month. There are quite a few different cleaners available, but it is recommended that you use an enzyme cleaner instead of a chemical-based cleaner. Enzyme cleaners are better for your pipes, your health and the environment overall than the harsh chemicals that are frequently used in commercial cleaners.
Keep Trees, Bushes and Other Plants Away from the Sewer Line
A common cause for clogged sewers comes from trees that are planted too close to the sewer line. Not only can the close proximity of these trees make maintenance difficult, but their roots can grow into the pipes, clogging them and even destroying them if the problem goes unchecked.
Avoid Flushing Wipes and Other Hygiene Products Down the Toilet
The only thing that should ever be flushed down the toilet aside from human waste is toilet paper. Sanitary napkins and other hygiene products can clog pipes and lead to more serious plumbing problems.
Replace Old Clay Pipes
Pipes tend to corrode over several years, so if you live in an older home with clay or lead pipes, consider having them replaced. This is much easier before there is a serious clog.
Perform a Maintenance Rooter Cleaning Once a Year
An annual rooter cleaning can help keep your sewer line clear of debris and anything else that could cause a serious clog. Depending on how old your pipes are or how many clogs you have had in the past, you may need to perform these rooter cleanings more often, but most homes will be fine with one cleaning a year.
By Nick Wert