Preventative Maintenance Tips For Your Sewer Line

Posted on: 21 November 2017

Your sewer line is responsible for taking all of the wastewater from your home to the sewer system. If your sewer line is clogged in any way, it could cause a backup into your home and quite a bit of damage, which can be costly. Preventative maintenance can go a long way in preventing a disastrous backup in your home. See below for some maintenance tips.

Keep Them Clean

Keep your sewer lines clean by only putting toilet paper down your toilet and using drain stops to prevent food particles and other things from going down your sink/shower/tub drains. If your sewer lines are sensitive, be sure to only use one-ply toilet paper or toilet paper for sensitive sewers. 

Be sure not to pour grease or oils down your drain, as they can harden and clog your drain. The same goes for paint, because it can also solidify and clog your drain over time.

Use The Garbage Disposal

Use your garbage disposal to help grind up food particles. If you don't have a garbage disposal, invest in one. It makes cleaning up after a meal a little easier and can prevent food particles from getting caught in the drain.

Use A Drain Cleaning Tool

If you have anything caught in the drain, use a drain cleaner or a snake down the drain to remove the clog. A lot of times this can cause the clog to be pushed down further in the drain, and into the sewer line. If this happens, a longer snake will need to be used, or an exterior clean out may need to be put in to help remove the clog if it's further out in the sewer line. 

Get Rid Of Roots In The Drain

If you have roots in the sewer line, it is most likely caused by a nearby tree looking for water. The roots can invade the sewer line, causing severe damage. If there are roots in the sewer line, you can get rid of them by using a snake. If you have a lot of trees nearby, prevent the roots from taking over your drain by using a granular root killer down your toilet drain at least once per month. If the problem persists or worsens, it may be time to get rid of the tree altogether.

Maintain your sewer lines and protect them from clogs and damage by taking good care of them and using them properly. Call a professional sewer line inspection company if you have clogs that you aren't able to remove. There may be a bigger problem with your sewer line that needs to be repaired. For more information, talk with a company like Rapid Rooter Inc.