Have you ever wondered what happens to all the water that you use on a daily basis? Taking showers, going to the restroom, cleaning dishes, and washing clothes all use water but where does it go once it disappears down the drain? In most cases, sewer pipes take this water and waste out of your house and into the city sewer. When your sewer system is functioning properly, this process continues unnoticed. However, a little clog is all it takes to back up your sewer and cause you to immediately take notice it can affect all the drains and toilets of your house. It is vital that you know how this issue can be prevented. Keep reading this blog for quick tips to minimize sewer backups in the future.
Hazards caused by sewage backups
One of the worst side effects of a sewer backup is the dangers it can present to your health. Sewage contains bacteria, viruses and other contaminants that can spread disease and cause harm to your family or pets.
What needs to be done?
While sewer backups seem unavoidable, many can be prevented by simple changes. There are a couple of steps that you can take in order to try to avoid sewer backups in the future.
Be careful with what you put down these drains
While most foods go down the garbage disposal and drain without an issue, some food products have been known to cause problems. If possible, avoid putting cooking oil, grease, fibrous vegetables, eggs shells, and coffee grounds down the drain. In addition, ensure that the remnants of food are thrown away before you wash dishes in the sink.
Make sure that apart from toilet paper and bodily waste, nothing else is flushed down the toilet. While items such as paper towels, diaper liners, tampons, and even “flushable” wipes will physically go down the toilet, these things do not disintegrate and end up clogging the sewer.
Clean drain and sewer regularly
In addition to the above changes, regular drain and sewer cleaning can play a significant role in preventing backups. Avoid using a crystal or chemical drain cleaners because these products can damage your pipes and often they do not even work. Instead, call your trusted local plumber, such as us at Green’s Plumbing.
Replace old sewer pipes
It might be a good idea to also consider replacing cast iron and clay sewer pipes. Tree roots penetrate and continue to grow inside these pipes quite easily. When this happens, food products, bodily waste, “flushable” wipes, and even too much toilet paper can be blocked from draining out to the city sewer, creating a backup. Tree roots are actually the most common reason for sewer blockages that we see in our work. Therefore, it is advisable to replace these old pipes with ones made of ABS plastic which last longer and are less permeable to roots.
Prevention is the key
Catching and fixing sewer issues before they become a problem can prevent you from dealing with a lot of headaches in the future. Therefore, make sure to enact these simple changes and call a professional to thoroughly inspect your sewer for any problems.
Green Plumbing’s is a family-owned and operated plumbing company based in West Hills. Give us a call today to schedule a drain cleaning or camera sewer inspection.