All plumbing issues are annoying and concerning because of the potential damage to your home. But when you think that you are dealing with a sewer line leak, your stress level grows exponentially. Just the thought of raw sewage backing up into your home is alarming. And then there are the concerns about proper decontamination and the awful odor. But you can avoid all of this mess and stress by following a few simple tips to prevent a sewer line clog at your home.
Properly Dispose Of Grease And Oil
Grease and oil are the foundation of nasty drain and sewer line clogs. Liquid grease from cookware, used oil, and fat from foods should never find its way into your drains and sewer line. These oily products are not carried away to the city sewer system because oil and water do not mix. Instead, the water rushes down the drain, but the oil gets forces against the walls of the drain line. There it coats the inside of the pipes and dries to form a sticky residue. As the grime builds up, it snares bits of food waste, stray hairs, and pieces of dirt that should be washing through the pipes and into the city sewer system. The only appropriate way to dispose of oil, grease, and fat is in a container with a lid placed into a trash receptacle. Eliminating the grease from your sewer line is essential to eliminating clogs and back-ups.
Responsible Toilet Use
Your home’s toilets are not trash cans or a magic disappearing act to entertain children. The only items that should ever find their way into a toilet bowl are toilet paper and human waste. No other paper products are a suitable substitute for TP. Other paper will not disintegrate in water like toilet paper. Instead, it will create a massive clump that will be the start of your next costly sewer line clog. And the same result comes from flushing cotton balls, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, and the occasional sock or small toy. Put trash in the trashcan and not the toilet. Then you can have more cash in your wallet.
Only Hire A Licensed Plumber
It can be tempting to hire a handyman or other cheaper alternative to a licensed plumber when you need a new French drain or sump pump installed. But you will get what you pay for, which is low quality, illegal, or sub-code workmanship. These cheaper alternatives often involve incorrectly connecting a sump pump line or French drain to your sewer line. And that is a costly mistake in the long run. These lines can carry slit, sand, and other debris that will clog your sewer line and result in a nasty mess in your home.
Constant Sewer Line Leaks?
If your home has an old metal or concrete sewer line, it could be time for a replacement. Choosing to replace the entire line will save you many headaches in the future. And with trenchless sewer line techniques, you do not need to be concerned about that huge unsightly trench required for a traditional pipe replacement. Trenchless sewer line replacement uses a flexible liner coated with epoxy to create a new seamless sewer line inside the old deteriorating pipe. And the best part is that this new sewer line could last for up to 100 years!
To learn more about a trenchless sewer line replacement or tips to avoid annoying and expensive sewer line back-ups, call (937) 749-7097. The team at Buckeye Plumbing & Property Solutions is here to assist you 24/7 with any sewer line issue or emergency.