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5 Tips for Keeping Your Sewer Line Healthy

Most people don’t spend much time thinking about their sewer lines — until they’re forced to. Unfortunately, many homeowners have to deal with backed-up sewer lines, forcing them out of their homes. A backed-up sewer line poses one of the worst plumbing problems because of the dangers they present to homeowners.

Backed-up sewer lines are a major health hazard to homeowners and residents. Sewage can spread illness, disease, and, in some cases, lead to death. Sewage is full of dangerous contaminants — including viruses and bacteria. Additionally, sewage can also contain toxic substances such as pesticides, fungi, residual pharmaceutical drugs, and more.

Some of the most common types of bacteria found in sewage include E. Coli, Salmonella, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, and more. If your sewer line bursts and you come in contact with any of these bacteria, you may become very ill.

Dirt Cheap Sewer specializes in sewer line repair and replacement, drain clearing and line maintenance, sewer excavation, and more. We aim to help our clients keep their sewer lines clean so they’ll never have to worry about a sewage backup. Read today’s post for five tips we recommend to keep your sewer line healthy.

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Be Aware of What You Toss Down Your Drain

To keep your sewer lines healthy, you should be cautious about what you pour down your drain and flush down your toilet. Items like paper towels, diapers, and feminine products can really wreck your sewage system. While toilet paper can break down quickly, these products take much longer to decompose. They can get stuck in your pipes and cause serious clogging, eventually leading to a major backup.

Take Care of All Grease Right Away

You should never pour grease or cooking oil down your sink drain, as it solidifies after it cools off, acting as a sticky trap for all gunk and debris. Over a period of time, this can lead to serious clogging and blockages. Significant amounts of grease can even clog your entire neighborhood sewer system! Rather than pouring it down the drain, you should pour the excess grease into a dedicated jar or can. If it’s too late and you’ve already poured the grease down the drain, there are some measures you can take to minimize the impact on your sewer lines. You can begin by pouring a gallon of boiling water slowly down the drain while you run the faucet on the highest temperature setting. While doing so, you should also squirt some dish soap down the drain. The hope is that the hot water will re-liquify the grease, with the soapy water carrying it out of the pipes.

If you’ve been pouring grease down your pipes for years, it may be time for some professional help. Dirt Cheap Sewer offers drain cleanings that provide long-term solutions to help your drains stay clear for longer. Contact Dirt Cheap Sewer for a free drain cleaning estimate today!

Be Aware of Plant Roots

If you have trees, bushes, shrubs, or other plants surrounding your home, be aware that their roots can get into your sewer pipes and cause major blockages. Roots tend to grow toward sewer pipes because they hold oxygen, water, and nutrients — everything roots need to thrive. When roots start to grow within your pipes, they begin to block off the flow of wastewater, causing backups. If you let these problems go on for too long, they can cause serious, permanent damage to your pipes, forcing you to replace them.

To avoid roots growing into your sewer pipes, there are a few things you should do. First, you should determine where your sewer lines are located. You can call your local public works department to find the location of your underground sewer system. After you determine where your pipes are, avoid doing any planting or landscaping near that area.

You can also attempt to create a barrier between trees and your sewer line. These barriers include growth inhibitors such as copper sulfate and potassium hydroxide. You can spread these inhibitors near your sewer lines to prevent growth in this area. You can also create physical barriers using metal or wood that can help stop the spread of roots within your pipes.

Use Enzymatic Cleaners Every Month

A simple way to keep your drains clean and healthy is to use enzymatic cleaners each month. While chemical cleaners can help clear your pipes, they can do some damage. This is why we recommend using enzymes instead, as they get the job done and are actually good for your pipes. You can buy enzymatic cleaners at hardware shops, home improvement stores, online, and sometimes even at health food stores. Using these products every month will ensure that your pipes not only stay free of blockages, but are in good shape as well.

Have New Sewer Lines Installed

If your sewer lines are old and showing signs of damage, it may be time to replace your pipes completely. Signs of damage can include frequent clogs, water fixture malfunctions, strange sounds, and more.

Calling a professional is the best way to go about having new sewer lines installed. Dirt Cheap Sewer offers trenchless sewer repair, which can help you avoid disruption to your entire sewer system, as well as save you time and money. The process involves pushing out the old sewer pipe, while pulling the new seamless pipes behind it. This process, known as “pipe bursting,” is completed using limited digging and allows the old pipe to stay where it is.

If you have noticed some of the red flags mentioned above and feel as though it may be time to replace your sewer lines, contact our experts at Dirt Cheap Sewer today! We are more than happy to help you with all of your sewer line needs.

Keeping your sewer healthy is important, as the problems they can cause when they malfunction are quite serious. We recommend following these tips and contacting Dirt Cheap Sewer for sewer line cleaning, maintenance, repair, and installation today. Choose us for all of your sewer line cleaning needs in Seattle.