Top 3 Causes of Clogs in the Sewer System

Plunger in the Wash BinSewer problems will mostly start as minor issues. Therefore, it’s fair that you respond to them no matter how petty they may look. Delays can wreak havoc in your home. There will be slow water flow, backups, septic waste pooling in the yard, etcetera. In the end, you still spend on costly repairs. To prevent sewer line issues from recurring in your home, you ought to start by knowing the causes of fixture, pipe and drain clogs.

1. Flushing inappropriate waste into the toilet.

For purposes of protecting your pocket and the entire plumbing system, you must learn how to use your restroom. Know what goes and what doesn’t go down the toilet drains. The only waste that’s supposed to be flushed down the toilet is human waste and toilet papers. Avoid flushing other things like hair, baby diapers, plastic bags, and wipes.

2. Pouring oil and grease in the drains.

Some homeowners pour oil, grease, and fat down the sinks and follow it up with hot water. The hot water, however, dissolves them and makes them flow only for some distance. After everything cools down, they solidify and harden against the drain walls. This results in backups and leakages. To avoid these, you need to know proper oil and grease disposal methods. For instance, you can pour them in containers, wait for them to cool and solidify, and then throw them away.

3. Letting mineral build up.

When there is mineral buildup in your sewer drain, All Hours Plumbing and Drain Cleaning advises hiring sewer jetting experts since doing the job alone can be a nightmare. For a plumbing system that drains hard water, a mineral build-up is inevitable.

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Hard water minerals slowly settle and pile up on the walls of the sewer pipe. With time, they harden and reduce sewer efficiency. As pressure builds up, backups are triggered. To prevent mineral buildup, install a water softener in your main supply to help break down the minerals.

To keep sewer troubles at bay, it’s necessary to identify the source. Knowing the causes doesn’t just help you carry out essential repairs in time, but also cut back on maintenance costs that would otherwise go down in serious damages.