Usually when a sink, toilet or dishwasher starts showing signs of clogging, people usually imagine that the problem is a few inches inside the pipe; however, many times the problem may be in the sewer line.
We know that dealing with a clogged drain can be frustrating and overwhelming, so preventing blockages is the best recommendation we can make to avoid major consequences. Many times the sewer line is where the problem is and this can easily be solved with a sewer snake service.
At Mr. Poronga we have compiled a list of tips that can easily help you prevent sewer line clogs and save you money in the future.
Learn What You Can Do To Prevent Sewer Line Plugging
Problems with household plumbing and drainage are sometimes more serious than they seem, especially when we are talking about houses that were built more than 20 years ago.
In the most chronic cases it is the house’s sewage system that is the real problem and professional plumbing service is usually needed.
For your peace of mind, there are steps you can take to avoid problems with your property’s sewer line.
#1 Use Drainage Enzymatic Cleaners At Least Once a Month
This is one of the simplest measures you can take to perform preventive maintenance on your home’s plumbing.There are many products to choose from, but it is best to use an enzymatic cleaner rather than a chemical one.
Chemical cleaners are usually quite aggressive and tend to corrode pipes when used in excessive ways, and they are harmful to the environment as well as to your health.
# 2 Keep Shrubs, Trees and Plants Away from the Sewer Line
It happens very often that the sewer line is obstructed by the proximity of plants or trees. This happens because they are planted very close to it and naturally the roots look for places where there is moisture.
In the worst case, the pipes are invaded by the roots which causes irreparable damage to the drainage system. This leads to high costs in the construction of a new sewage line or the replacement of a section.
#3 Don’t Throw Baby Towels, Diapers or pads in the Toilet
The only thing that can be thrown in the toilet is human waste from our biological needs or toilet paper, the latter is designed to dissolve quickly on contact with water, but we recommend that you do not do so to avoid blockages due to excess paper.
Baby wipes, diapers or pads cannot be thrown into the toilet as they are too large and will cause a problem in the pipes and will never dissolve.
#4 Have a Professional Cleaning Done Annually by a Plumber
An annual sewer line cleaning by a professional plumbing service can help counteract any problems with your home’s drains and save money in the future.
Depending on the age of your home’s pipes and whether you’ve had to do work to clear a blockage in the past will also depend on the frequency of maintenance, but in most cases once a year is sufficient.