A clogged sewer line is not a scenario you want to find yourself in. By the time your drain lines get stopped, you’re looking at a major headache involving time and lots of money.
The good news is that common sewer line issues can be avoided by taking simple everyday steps.
In this blog, we’ll show you 3 ways to safeguard your home’s drain lines, along with what every homeowner should watch out for.
Ready to save some money? Great, let’s get into it.
1) Waste not, lest ye be sludged
What you throw down your drain has a big impact on the health of your sewer lines. It’s tempting to think of sink drains as giant trash bins, yet they are intricate systems that can easily clog, requiring expensive repairs.
Here’s what to avoid throwing down your drains:
- Greasy, oily foods, or animal fats
- Large food particles
- Plastics parts & utensils
- Wet wipes
- Feminine hygiene products
- Q-tips & dental floss
Many people are surprised to learn about eggshells since they are so delicate. Yet, because they are water-resistant and rounded, it makes it easy to trap other particles.
Remember, your drain stop exists for a reason. It’s there to keep your sewer line free and clear.
2) Landscaping issues
Did you know that tree roots and other plants can disturb the underground placement of your sewer line?
Even if you do everything right and don’t throw particles down the drain, your property’s landscaping may be presenting common sewer line issues for your home.
Sometimes, trees that are on public egresses or a neighbor’s yard can serve as the culprit. This makes identifying the source of your sewer line issues even more important. Dealing with the city, neighbors, and their insurance policies can get messy quickly.
The last thing you want to do is to be stuck holding the bill for a tree that’s not even on your property.
A smart move is to regularly monitor the rate at which water is going down the drain. If you fill your sink up and it’s taking longer than normal to empty, you can begin narrowing down the issue that way.
3) Old pipes that are worn out
Well, this should go without saying. Yet, here in New England, we run into homeowners who never think to ask about their home’s plumbing before they buy it.
Inquiring about the quality of your home’s pipes and sewer line is a must-do, especially if you’re buying an older home.
If you’re in the market to buy a property, here’s how you can check into the quality of your pipes:
- Ask the home inspector to run the water and diagnose any issues.
- Request that a professional local plumber gives your plumbing systems a thorough once-over.
- If buying a condo, familiarize yourself with the age of the building and renovation projects having to do with plumbing.
The third point is especially important since liability for condo leaks can get tricky fast, as we covered in a previous blog post.
Common sewer line issues are avoidable if you know what to look for and what steps to take. You can trust O’Neal Solutions with everything from regular maintenance to emergency diagnosis for any drainage issues you may be experiencing. We’ll help you get it done right the first time.