A backed-up sewer is not only disgusting, but it can also result in thousands of dollars of damage to the rest of your plumbing system, your electrical system, your home’s walls and floors, your landscaping, and your furniture.
Thankfully, there are many ways you can protect your home from sewer system backups. We’ve compiled a handy guide to sewer system maintenance and care to help you look after your plumbing and avoid a stinky situation.
Your sewerage system is meant to drain wastewater from your home and transport it away for treatment. When this process malfunctions, it’s known as a sewer system backup. A backup can result in nasty smells, seepage, gurgling toilets, backed-up drains, and wastewater running into your shower, tub, sink, washing machine, or dishwasher.
When you understand the cause of something, you’re better prepared to prevent it. The two main causes of sewer backups that we’ve worked with are as follows:
Tree roots look for and grow towards water. In the search for any hint of moisture, small roots can work their way into sewer line cracks or service pipe joints. As they grow, they can cause major clogs and lead to a sewer system backup.
Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to control how trees spread their roots–aside from removing them altogether. Since trees look pretty, are different to remove, and are good for the environment, we recommend leaving them alone and calling us if the roots give you any trouble!
When you consider the amount of waste your pipes have to deal with, it makes sense that they can get clogged sometimes. Clogged pipes can be caused by a buildup of hair, soap scum, grease, paper, or unflushable objects. In fact, the flushing of feminine products has caused a huge amount of pollution and damage.
Using your drains correctly is the best way to prevent clogged pipes. Below, we dive into the best ways to protect your sewer system.
Most sewer system backups can be avoided with a routine professional cleaning and using your drains correctly. Use the following tips to keep your system in tiptop shape:
Following this list is a great way to care for your sewer system and avoid frustrating backups and emergency repairs.
Hopefully, you now see that looking after your sewer system isn’t as difficult as you may have believed! With consistent care and a small shift in your habits, you can protect your home from the damage a sewer system backup would cause.
Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning understands that sewer maintenance is a team effort. With years of experience and expert knowledge of all things behind the scenes, we know just how to look after your drains and keep them functioning for years.
If you’re dealing with a sewer emergency, or you’re overdue for a routine sewer line inspection or clearing, contact our friendly team at 1-833-470-2880 today. Whatever the issue, Art Can Fix It!