How To Maintain Your Sewer

A malfunction with your sewer line can quickly turn into an expensive hassle. It can be challenging to regulate the health of your sewer lines when you can’t access or see them. One thing is for sure, you don’t want to find out an issue is present the hard way — or the messy way!

Gotelli Plumbing is here to provide as much knowledge as possible about the health of your sewer lines. Knowing about your system will help you understand the steps to take to avoid a sewer problem at all costs.

Tips To Maintain Sewer Line Health

Repair services for your plumbing system are inevitable. However, by following some of these DIY home maintenance steps, you may be able to avoid extensive system failures and delay repairs as long as possible.

Use A Natural Drain Cleaner

Liquid drain cleaners are made with chemicals designed to disintegrate blockages from your pipes. Unfortunately, these solutions are also harsh on your plumbing system.

Instead of popular chemical drain cleaner brands, you can invest in a natural cleaner that only targets organic waste. Materials like hair, food and paper can be targeted and cleared from the line while your pipes stay safe from corrosive chemicals. You can also make natural cleaning solutions from common household ingredients, many of which are just as effective at clearing clogs.

Perform A Full Plumbing System Flush

A flush of your plumbing system basically helps to send a large quantity of water through the low areas of your sewer lines to help carry buildup out of the line. To do a flush simply fill your bathtubs, sinks and washing machine full of cold water and proceed to drain them all at once. You can also flush all your toilets quickly while the water is draining.

Though this may seem like a waste of water, your sewer lines could benefit tremendously from the process every few months. A system flush can remove scale, sediment and other debris that’s gathered over time.

Properly Dispose Of Non-Food Items

Items that aren’t meant to be flushed down the toilet or drains should never be sent into the sewer system. Non-flexible objects like dental floss and twist ties can get caught in the pipes and cause damage.

Even some materials labeled as flushable can contribute to clogs and blockages. It’s recommended to throw away all wipes, paper towels and sanitary products instead of flushing them down the toilet.

Food Down The Kitchen Drain

Drains can be deceiving. They may seem like an effective means of throwing away food materials, but they are limited in what they can dispose of. Food waste is typically a lot heavier than what pipes are supposed to transport, which causes it to get caught and settle in your system. A few foods to avoid putting down your kitchen drains are:

  • Fibrous Foods like celery, corn husks or potato peels
  • Egg Shells
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Fats, Oil and Grease
  • Starchy Foods

Ultimately, put as much food from your plate into the trash can instead of your sink. While crumbs and small pieces of food may be okay for the sewer lines to work with, there are several foods that can cause clogs in your pipes.

Need Your Sewer Lines Cleaned?

Your sewer lines can benefit from DIY maintenance methods! Gotelli Plumbing is here to add to the advantages with our professional drain cleaning services.

With our experience and skill set, you can expect a resolution to any buildup issues within your pipes. Contact us to schedule your next service, and your system will thank you!

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