How to prevent sewer problems

Sewer problems are one of the most expensive plumbing issues to remediate is a sewer problem. It is taxing. It is labor-intensive, and it is nasty if it is not addressed soon. It is fortunate though that most sewer issues are preventable, and that with good maintenance, the most sewer can be kept at bay.

This article will discuss some of the ways to keep a home’s sewer system in optimal condition so that sewer problems are prevented, and that issues that are surfacing could be nipped in the bud.

Avoid clogging toilets

Abused toilets are usually the culprits of a major sewer problem. If the whole household is treating the toilet as a trash receptacle then most likely, all this trash will end up in the pipes or the sewer itself. Once clogs are formed, the drains will slow down, and could end up getting all fully clogged. This in turn could cause sewer back-ups, and eventually cause flooding.

The best way to keep the toilets clog-free is by educating every member of the household to refrain from flushing down anything in the toilet except for toilet paper. Homes with young children should also consider a tamper-proof cover on the toilet to keep children from flushing down toys and other objects in the toilet.

Regular maintenance

Homeowners should also exert efforts to regularly maintain their sewer system. For instance, a regular hot water-vinegar-baking soda flush in each drain could help keep drains running smoothly. Homeowners should have a professional sewer maintenance cleaning service too conducted by a licensed plumbing contractor. Likewise, if the homeowner thinks that there is an ongoing issue, then it is best to have it addressed by a professional right away.       

Caring for the kitchen plumbing

The kitchen drains are notorious for causing big-time sewer problems. Every homeowner should make a conscious effort to keep their kitchen drains and garbage disposal units in good working condition. By doing these, they could avoid problematic drains that are inconvenient, gross, and largely unsanitary.

Here are some tips in keeping the kitchen drains clog-free:

  1. Avoid pouring used kitchen grease in the drain as these oils solidify and clog the drainpipes.
  2. Avoid throwing food bits and scraps down the drain as these could clog the drains or the sewers.
  3. Do not pour starch, used coffee grounds, as well as leftover flour and bread down the drain.
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