In many older homes, clogged and blocked sewer lines are among the most prominent plumbing concerns that will pop up. They are not as easy to fix as a clogged drain or toilet; in fact, repairing or replacing a sewer line can cost thousands of dollars.
Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your home’s sewage system free of clogs and in good working condition for as long as possible. All it requires are a few small changes to your home maintenance routine!
Are you doing all that you should to prevent clogged sewer lines? To more effectively keep your sewer lining clog-free, here are the top three things you can do:
Perform a sewer line cleaning monthly
Sewer line cleaning is one of the best ways to keep the pipes free of obstructions; this method is also the simplest way you can prevent clogged lines, as well. Experts recommend that you use an enzyme cleaner rather than a chemical-based cleaner in your sewer lines and drains. Enzyme cleaners are better for your health as well as the health of the environment and of your pipes.
Avoid planting trees, bushes and plants near the sewer line
Tree roots are one of the most common causes of clogs and blockage, especially in older sewer lines that have been cracked in places. This is because roots will naturally grow toward the moisture and nutrients that a sewer line can provide, and will eventually grow inside the pipe itself. Before planting any trees or plants near your sewer lines, be sure to consult with a local nursery to make sure the plant’s root structure and habits won’t threaten your sewer lines.
Watch what you flush
A number of everyday products may advertise themselves as flushable — but in reality, flushing these items can wreak havoc on your sewer lines. Items like wet wipes, thick toilet paper, paper towels and feminine hygiene products all belong in the trash can, not in your toilet.
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