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How To Prevent Clogged Sewer Lines

Clogged sewer lines can cause serious problems, including damage to homes and businesses, as well as expensive repair bills. There are ways you can keep your sewer lines healthy and prevent clogs. Here are steps you can take to prevent clogged sewer lines:

1. Use an enzyme cleaner

Use an enzyme cleaner on all your drains and toilets once a month. The enzyme cleaner contains bacteria and enzymes that break down waste products to keep your pipes, septic system, and sewer clean. Enzyme cleaners are efficient at cleaning and don't contain harsh chemicals that may damage plumbing or harm the environment.

2. Clear out roots

Roots are a serious threat to sewer lines. Roots can damage the lines and cause massive blockages. It's essential that you keep roots away from your sewer line, and you can do this by following these tips:

  • Know where your sewer line is. If you don't know, contact your city's sewer department.
  • Once you know where your line is, remove all trees and bushes that are close and don't plant any near the line.
  • Have your sewer line de-rooted and snaked once a year by a sewer line professional.
  • Use a chemical, like copper sulfate, that kills roots to prevent clogs between annual line cleanings.

3. Keep your driveway and gutters clear

Mud is another major cause of blocked sewer lines. Mud sticks to the inside of pipes, hardens, and may eventually cause serious damage. You can prevent mud from building up by keeping your driveway and gutters clear. Spray your driveway clean once a week and after it rains. Make sure your driveway drain is clear of debris and mud, and clean your gutters out twice a year to keep water flowing and prevent mud from building up and getting into the sewer.

4. Watch what your pour down your drains

You should also be careful about what goes down your drains. You should not pour grease, oil, or fat down your drains or flush it. Grease can stick to pipes and cause huge clogs in your home's pipes and sewer line. To dispose of cooking grease and oil, pour it into a container or bag, seal it, and put it in the trash.

5. Obey one simple rule when flushing

There is one simple rule when it comes to flushing your toilet: if it's not toilet paper, don't flush it. Waste products like tampons, pads, baby wipes, and paper towels will not only clog your pipes, but will build up and cause huge clogs in your sewer line. Even flushable wipes can cause clogged sewer lines.

These are ways you can keep your sewer line clear and free from clogs. For more tips, contact a sewer line contractor or plumber like Sullivan Super Service.