Sewer lines can become clogged for a number of different reasons. Some occur because of improper use of the drains. Others occur due to time. By knowing what commonly causes sewers to become clogged can help prevent future clogs. The Original $49.95 Plumber will share some of the common sewer drain clog culprits and how many of them can be prevented.
Tree Roots in Sewer Pipes
One common culprit that can damage and clog the main sewer line is tree roots. As the roots grow they hone in on moisture and as condensation builds up along the sewer line, tree roots will concentrate around the pipe and even break the pipe, exposing the internal delights. Tree roots love sewer lines not only for the water but the nutrients they can absorb in the sewer line. With a constant supply of water and nutrients the roots can grow quickly and eventually clog the entire line. When planting trees make sure to be aware of your home sewer lines. Avoid planting trees too close to the line and make sure you learn how far the root typically will grow. Most trees have a limit as to how far the root will spread out. Also note that some bushes and shrubs are powerful enough to affect the sewer line as well.
Don’t Flush Condoms, Tampons & Other Trash
Many people treat the toilet like a trash can. There are many items people will flush down the toilet that they shouldn’t. For an example: coffee grounds, clumped hair from a hair brush, and plastic bags are often flushed down a toilet. Other items that people believe are flush-able are not such as flush-able wipes which should never actually be flushed as well as tissues and tampons. Even though they say they can be flushed, these items actually can’t because they don’t break down fast enough and will lead to clogs in the sewer system. Only toilet paper can be flushed down the toilet the rest goes in the trash can.
Avoid Pouring Grease Down the Drain
After you cooked a greasy meal or you were doing some deep frying, often many are left with the left over grease and oil and many people will pour it down the drain. Where it may seem like an easy answer it is a big mistake. The oils and grease that you poured down the drain cool very quickly and over time the grease and oil will build up which will cause the sewer line to clog. Depending on how bad the grease and oil clogs build up the sewer line may need to be cut out and replaced. Other times the sewer line can be cleaned. To avoid this problem never pour grease or oil down the drain.
Sag in Sewer Line
A clog can occur when the sewer line begins to sag. The sewer line must run flat and slightly downward to ensure the water flows out of the sewer line. When the pipe sags, the water gets caught in the sagging area of the pipe which prevents the waste water from flowing. Sagging is caused by the shifting soil under the piping which no longer supports the pipe correctly and allows the pipe to sag. This issue cannot be helped and often requires the pipe to be repaired.