How Routine Plumbing Maintenance Can Prevent Sewer Clogs

How Routine Plumbing Maintenance Can Prevent Sewer Clogs

There are a number of reasons that your sewer may clog. If you have trees planted near your sewer lines, the tree roots can quickly damage the pipes and even cause blockage. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to prevent a problem from occurring in the first place:

  • Good plumbing maintenance can take care of any current problems and can prevent any future problems from occurring.
  • One of the most common causes of sewer and drain clogs is grease. Many people pour grease, fats, and cooking oils down the drain. This is never a good idea. Along with smelling terrible, it can quickly harden and cause a strong block in your drain that is difficult to remove.

Instead, pour the grease into a can or disposable container and then dispose of it in the trash. Make sure to also wipe away any remaining grease with a paper towel and dispose of it in the trash. You may also consider taking larger amounts of grease to your local household hazardous waste collection facility, where they can safely dispose of it or recycle it for you.

  • It is important to periodically pour a bucket of hot water down infrequently used drains to help keep the trap seal full and prevent issues in the future. It is best to fill the sink up completely with water and then remove the stopper. This will use the weight and volume of the water mass to help provide a more thorough and effective flush.
  • As part of your plumbing maintenance plan, make sure to have your main sewage cleaned and snaked every few years by a professional. This will remove any roots, debris, or other harmful substances that may have made their way into your pipes. You may need to have your septic system tank pumped every three to five years as well.

Call a Plumber

If you have a clog, don’t wait to call a plumber. While it may seem like a small problem now, it can quickly lead to other plumbing issues, which can require a large investment of time and money on future repairs. Instead, a professional plumber can quickly take care of the problem once and for all.

Your plumber will likely perform a camera inspection to find the source of the problem to provide a thorough solution. For a bad clog, you may choose an emergency plumber who can respond to the problem quickly, regardless of the time of day or night.

For more information, call your local Roto-Rooter today.

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