5 Tips For Preventing Common Sewer Line Issues

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5 Tips For Preventing Common Sewer Line Issues

5 Tips For Preventing Common Sewer Line Issues

Blocked, corroded, broken, and root-infested pipes are some of the usual causes of the most problematic sewer line issues you may encounter. You can avoid all the hassles and high costs of having your sewer line and plumbing system repaired by following the right preventative tips.

Here are five useful tips to prevent common sewer lines issues from arising:

Do not flush anything down the toilet that isn’t toilet paper or human waste

The toilet is designed to accommodate toilet paper and human waste and nothing else. Avoid flushing diapers, tampons, cotton balls, and other paper products down the toilet since they do not dissolve easily and will simply block your pipes and cause an array of plumbing problems.

Avoid pouring oil and grease in your sink

Grease, oil, and fatty substances that can be found in soaps and shampoos can accumulate inside the sewer line and cause a blockage. As such, it is important that you do not throw grease and leftover oil down the kitchen drains.

Installing a grease receptor under the kitchen sink will also help prevent grease stoppage. You can also keep the kitchen drain clean by pouring a mixture of baking soda and vinegar followed by hot water every few weeks or so.

Do not plant trees or shrubs near or on top of the sewer line

Tree roots naturally move to areas with water supplies, which include pipes. If you are starting a garden, avoid planting in areas near or on top of the sewer line.

You can also consider removing trees planted near the sewer line to prevent the roots from damaging the pipes.

Another option would be to sprinkle copper sulfate crystals around the sewer line. This substance will create a poisonous zone around the pipe and prevent the roots from infiltrating into the pipes.

Lastly, if you want to grow trees, plant ones with shallow root structures such as ash, maple, oak and willow.

Install a backwater prevention valve

A backwater prevention valve is installed into a sewer line and sometimes into a drain line in the basement of a home or building to prevent sewer backflows. When installed properly, the valve allows sewage to go out, but not to come back in.

Have your sewer line checked periodically

If you are living in a home that is already 10 years old, have an expert plumber check your plumbing system and sewer line every year or so or whenever you have any problems with your drains. A plumber will be able to pinpoint the exact cause of your sewer line issue and make the necessary repairs.

In case you have iron pipes, consider having them replaced with UPVC pipes. They are more effective in preventing tree roots from entering your line.

If you follow the tips above and call a professional plumber, you can avoid full-blown and expensive-to-repair sewer issue line problems.

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