Clogs are pretty much a norm in households. You can find obstructions in your drains and toilet if these fixtures are not maintained. These drain problems can be solved by your own (most of the time). Drain clogs are annoying but it’s generally something you shouldn’t worry about. Sewer line clogs on the other hand bring a lot of problems to your plumbing system. Most issues brought by sewer line clogs are sewage odours, drain backup, etc. Fortunately, you can take actions to prevent these problems. Here are tips on how you can avoid sewer line clogs in your home.
1. Be aware of what you flush into your toilet
There are many causes of a clogged sewer line but the most prevalent one is wastes coming out from the toilet. You see, the toilet is designed to be a disposal for human excretion. Perhaps the only hygiene or item that can be safely flushed is a toilet paper. This is because toilet paper is biodegradable and won’t accumulate in the sewer pipeline. Tampons, wipes, plastic, and other materials aren’t shouldn’t be flushed. Most hygiene products can get stuck on the pipe lining so avoid flushing such things. Wipes are commonly flushed in the toilet which you shouldn’t do. It’s not like toilet paper which doesn’t clog the drain line.
There’s also a misconception that as long as the item can be flushed it’s okay. The thing is that it’s far from the truth. You may be able to flush an object but it may get pinned in the pipeline — becoming a clog itself. You can prevent the sewer line from obstructions if you limit flushing items in the toilet.
2. Plants should be away from the sewer pipe
Plants such as trees and bushes should be far from the sewer pipes as much as possible. The roots of some plants are able to insert into a pipeline and cause havoc to the sewer lining. In most cases, the roots don’t have to break in the pipes. It only needs just a small opening to be inside the pipes. The roots will absorb more nutrients to flourish the plant which cause the roots to grow even larger. There is a possibility that the roots will continue to grow until it envelops a pipe section. Overgrown roots have a tendency to break the pipe line. This is why you should keep the plants away from the pipes. If you plan on planting greenery, be sure that it only grows small roots that only cover a small area of soil. Small trees and shrubs are more ideal because of their tiny and non-invasive roots.
3. Do a rooter cleaning
A rooter is machinery that can remove most debris, residue, and clogs that are forming in a sewer line. Ideally, you will only need to do a rooter cleaning maintenance at least once a year; however, if the pipes are really old then it might take more than one upkeep. In most cases, an annual cleaning is enough for modern sewer pipelines.