A blocked sewage line is a messy, ugly, and expensive mess. It is something no one wants to experience. Since the waste water has nowhere to go to, it will eventually back up into your sinks or tubs.
As with any plumbing issue, prevention is the key. Make sure that you’re doing your part to prevent a sewage line stoppage or backup. Here’s how to prevent main sewage line stoppage.
Have your sewer line cleaned
There are several causes of sewer line back up. Pipe scale buildup, grease accumulation, and tree intrusion are some of the most common causes.
Generally, sewer line cleaning should be done on an as-needed basis. But if your drains clog frequently or you notice water backing up in more than one water appliance, we recommend that you have it cleaned regularly. Depending on the type of sewer you have, it is best to schedule cleaning every 18 to 22 months. This will help avoid the hassle of a sewer line backup and avoid bigger problems from occurring.
Don’t treat your drains like a garbage can
Sewer backup is caused by a variety of issues. Household and food products that get caught in the pipes are one of the primary causes.
Flushable wipes, diapers, feminine products, and paper towels should never be flushed down the toilet. Unlike toilet paper, these products do not disintegrate. Food items such as potatoes, fibrous vegetables, egg shells, coffee grounds, sauces, grease, and fats will almost always cause a blockage and end up with a major septic problem. Your pipes aren’t built to handle these food items.
To prevent sewer backup, watch what you put down the drains. You don’t have to worry about clogs and backups if you are mindful of the products that go down the drains.
Get a camera inspection
Your sewer lines are hidden away under the ground. Because of this, it can be difficult to tell what is going on in your pipes and sewer lines. Often, homeowners don’t give their sewers much thought, until they start noticing some warning signs. At this point, there is already a problem and it needs to be rectified as soon as possible.
A camera inspection will give you a glimpse of what is going on down there. In case there is a problem, you can act immediately and prevent it from turning into a bigger, more complicated issue. With a camera inspection, no sewer line clog or issue will go undetected.