If your household relies on a municipal sewer system for waste disposal, it is important to take care of the sewer line that connects your house to the sewer system. When a sewer line is neglected, clogs and blockages can form and when sewage can't reach the sewer it will back flow up through the drains. Luckily, it is relatively easy to maintain a residential sewer line. Use the following tips to keep your home's sewer line in good condition:
Use the Toilet Properly
One big key to keeping a sewer line in good condition is to only use the toilet for what it was designed for. A toilet is for flushing toilet paper and waste and it should not be used like it is a trash can. Flushing anything else, like paper towels, baby wipes, facial tissue, cat litter, or feminine hygiene products, can lead to large clogs in the sewer line. Items other than toilet paper and waste don't break down properly, so they are more likely to create a blockage in the sewer line.
Dispose of Grease the Right Way
Many homeowners make the mistake of pouring grease, fats, and oils down the kitchen drain after cooking a meal. While hot grease, fats, and oils may be in liquid form when poured down the sink, they will eventually harden and congeal. If someone makes it a habit to pour grease, fats, and oils down the drain on a regular basis, there is a good chance that a large blockage will form in the sewer line. The best thing you can do is allow cooking grease, fats, and oils to cool down and then dispose of them in a trash can instead of pouring them down the drain.
Use Enzyme Cleaners
As a homeowner, it is a good idea to use an enzyme cleaner designed for plumbing systems on a regular basis to help keep the sewer line clear. Make sure that you use an enzyme drain cleaner, not a chemical one. Enzyme cleaners are safer for pipes, and the enzymes will help break down anything that has become stuck in the sewer line.
Schedule a Sewer Line Hydro Jetting Service
A sewer line hydro jetting service is one of the easiest ways to keep your sewer line free of clogs and blockages. During a sewer line hydro jetting service, a plumber will place a high pressure hose into the sewer line; when the hose is turned on, the force of the water will push everything out of the pipe and into the sewer, ensuring that the entire sewer line is clear.