Sewer And Drainage Lines: Watch What You Allow Inside Them

12 February 2018
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If your toilet, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures clog up on a daily basis, watch what you put down your sink, tub, and toilet drains. Grease, fatty soaps, and toilet paper can make their way into your sewer line and clog it up. Sewer line clogs can cause issues with your home's entire plumbing system, including backups and underground leaks. The information below can help you learn more about your home's plumbing and sewer lines and what you can do to stop the clogs occurring in them.

Why Does Everything Clog Up?

Although your plumbing system works hard to transport waste out of your home, it can still deteriorate, leak, and clog up over time. Because your plumbing system is so fragile, it's important to watch what you allow inside it. Fatty soaps, cooking grease, and even thick toilet paper can clog up your plumbing's drainage pipes and sewer line. These items can stick to the interior surfaces of your drainage and sewer lines.

Even if you unclog the pipes inside your house, clogs can still remain inside the sewer line. The clogs can push further down the line every time you flush your toilet or run water down your drains. Eventually, the line cracks and allows sewage to escape below ground. Some of the sewage can travel back toward the home and exit the toilet and sink drains.

Unless you inspect and unclog your sewer line, the problems in your home's drainage system will continue to occur.

How Do You Unclog Your Plumbing?

The first thing you can do is have a plumber inspect your main sewer line. If the line has one or more clogs, a plumber can take action to remove them. Many plumbers use large augers to break up and remove sewer line clogs. Once they clean out the main sewer line, a plumber will clean out the drainage lines inside your home.

If the inspection reveals damage in your sewer line, a contractor may suggest that you repair it as soon as possible. The damage can cause the line to sink or collapse underground. A collapsed sewer line can be dangerous if it allows sewage to seep above the surface or into the house.

After the sewer line repairs or replacement, you want to keep your drainage pipes and sewer line clean. Instead of pouring grease and other fatty substances down your drains, place them inside a sealed container, then discard the container in the trash. You can also use biodegradable toilet paper instead of regular toilet paper.

If you have concerns about how to keep your plumbing system clean after the repairs, speak to a plumber immediately.