How to Prevent a Clogged Sewer

Just about everyone suffers the headache of a clogged toilet or drain from time to time. It’s one of those things that, like it or not, is bound to happen.

Of course, expecting clogs shouldn’t stop you from trying to prevent them, especially when it comes to underground sewer lines. Those tend to be the most difficult and costliest to repair.

So, to help keep water and other liquids flowing smoothly, you’ll want to act on these helpful tips.

Use Enzyme Cleaners on Your Drains Monthly

There are several liquid cleaners available but stay away from those containing chemicals. Using an enzyme-based product, you’ll protect your pipes from internal corrosion while helping protect the environment. Distilled white vinegar and baking powder also effectively prevent clogged sewer and drain problems.

Keep Trees & Shrubs Away from the Sewer Line

When trees and shrubs are planted too close to underground sewer lines, their roots can penetrate through cracks or gaps where pipes are connected. If that happens and the problem goes undetected for too long, your sewer can clog up completely, allowing nothing to pass through.

Avoid Flushing Wipes and Other Hygiene Products Down the Toilet

There are only two things you should flush down the toilet: “you know what” and toilet paper. Sanitary napkins and other hygiene products can clog pipes and lead to more serious plumbing problems.

How would you even know if your sewer was already clogged?  Here are few common warning signs:

  • Toilets percolate like a coffee pot after the washing machine stops
  • The water around the basement floor drain
  • Multiple drains (or toilets) clogged at the same time
  • Water backs up in your tub or shower when you flush a toilet
  • Toilet water bubbles while you run water in a nearby sink
  • One small area of your lawn is wet and spongy while the rest is dry

If you just realized that one or more of these symptoms is actively occurring, you have a great reason to contact Plumbtastic Plumbing & Rooter. We will accurately diagnose the source and extent of the problem and recommend the most efficient means of resolving it. No matter what the sewer or drain cleaning needs, Plumbtastic is up to the challenge.

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