Most homeowners take their sewer lines for granted, keeping them out of sight and out of mind. Most sewer systems are built to last a lifetime — roughly 50-100 years before replacing the system — but there are times when your sewer system does break down before that time frame. There are, however, steps you can take to ensure that your system does, in fact, last that long. Read on to learn more about the various sewer maintenance methods that extend your system’s lifespan and prevent inconvenient clogging from happening.
Avoid Pouring FOG Down Your Drains
Drain filters can only do so much to protect your sewer lines from the things that get poured down the drain. One of the most potentially hazardous for your system is the items that consist of FOG — fats, oils, and grease. These substances do not break down as quickly and can lead to blockages within the sewer pipes. Over time, FOG build-up can lead to significant backup and require immediate attention.
There are bound to be some FOG elements that get into you drains over time, no matter how careful you try to be. One way to ensure that they don’t harden into a clog is to run hot water down the drain for a few minutes after you finish the dishes.
About Those Chemical Drain Cleaners
While chemical-based drain cleaners can unclog (most) of the immediate clog, the elements used in the formula of most of them can begin to erode the cast iron pipes used in most sewage systems. Continued use over time can lead to more catastrophic and expensive problems.
A Garbage Disposal is a Sewer’s Best Friend
Solid food waste remains one of the most significant factors that lead to blockages in your sewer system. As more solid waste gets poured down your drains, the likelihood of potential clogs increases as well. By installing a garbage disposal and using it regularly, you can significantly reduce the amount of solid food waste that gets into your sewer system and causes problems.
Be Careful What You Flush
The higher the toilet paper’s ply, the harder it is to dissolve in the pipes. With that being said, make sure you are smart about what you flush down the toilet; any foreign items that get flushed can lead to clogged drains and a world of inconvenience.
Schedule Regular Inspections
The age of your sewer system will determine how often you should have it inspected. With systems that are ten years old or younger, a yearly inspection will prove sufficient. However, older sewer systems require inspections and cleanings more frequently. Have a professional service come out and check out your sewer system every six months to ensure everything is running smoothly.
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