One needs a leak or a sewage flood. They’re toxic, destructive and probably very costly. However, amid these horrific dangers, homeowners still ignore maintenance of sewer line. We don’t point fingers; we do. Forgetting on your sewer line is all-too-easy. It is a growing target of mindset which is “out of sight, out of mind.”
Unfortunately, sewer failure is not only unpleasant but can have a significant negative effect on the health and well-being of your family. Fortunately, preventing the problem of a squishy yard and overflowing wastewater is easier than you would think. It’s more about knowing what makes back up sewers and how to stop them.
Invest in regular professional drain cleaning.
Grease and oil build-ups are one of the most common causes of blockages from sewer pipe. This is not all about food waste, either. Also soap scum build-ups can clog sewer pipes over time. Daily drain cleaning can get around this problem for your home and sewer lines.
By investing a little on cleaning out build-up on a timeline, you prevent expensive repairs that ruptures require. In the first place, you can also stop grease build-ups if you never pour hot cooking graase down the drain. As it cools, grease solidifies and becomes a sludge that absorbs other stuff, blocking drains.
Before any landscaping, do research.
Tree roots also damage sewer lines by cutting through the underlying pipes and blocking sewage flow. Tree roots instinctively search out the closest source of water. For several, wastewater inside a sewage line is the closest source of water. They poke, split the thread, and create a blockage of the balled line.
Do not plant something near your known sewage pipe. When you’re planting trees or shrubs in your yard, go for short-rooted varieties. Amur maples, trident maples, crape myrtles and several others are amongst the trees with limited root systems. Preventative maintenance is one thing but you’re not in too much trouble yet if you find signs of a root blockage. A professional plumber or tree-trimming specialist will trim the roots without causing any unnecessary damage. Signs of an ongoing breach are slow-flowing drains, clogs or water level changes.
Pay attention to your cleanouts.
Your clean-outs provide direct access to your sewage system. They’re usually found in the yard right outside of our house. They look like thin plastic-capped pipes protruding from the ground several inches away. Cleanouts have direct access to your sewer pipe, providing direct access to potentially bad sewage gas stinks as well.
A bit of basic cleaning will help to keep your cleanups tidy and odorless. Check every few months on your clean-outs to make sure they’re full of water. You should also ensure the caps are firmly and securely on. When you ever detect an odor, you can screw the caps off and add a little bleach inside to help.