How To Maintain Your Sewer Lines

30 March 2016
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In order to keep your sewer lines working properly, you need to be careful what you put down your drains, but sometimes even the most careful homeowners can't avoid getting a clogged sewer line. In order to avoid costly problems with your sewer lines, you need to know a few basics about sewer line maintenance. 

Don't Put Grease Down Your Drain

If you have ever kept grease in a can after cooking bacon or another meat, then you know what fats do when they cool: they congeal. In other words, they turn solid. When you pour grease down your drain, it can cool on the the walls of your pipes. As layer after layer of grease builds up on your pipes, it can constrict the diameter of your pipes until food scraps that go down your drain get trapped, and you end up with a clogged drain. 

Use a Hair Guard on Your Bathroom Drain

Humans lose hair everyday. Often this shed hair stays tangled in the rest of your hair until you take a shower. As strands of hair go down your drain, they can build up and cause a clog. To prevent hair clogs, use a hair screen on your bathroom drain. Cleaning out the hair that builds up in the drain will not be a pleasant task, but it will help you to avoid clogged drains. 

What to Do with a Clog

If you have a clog in a sink drain, your first step should be to remove the P trap under the sink. The trap looks like a U in that it will direct water upwards for a few inches before it travels down your drain. The trap will allow a little bit of water to collect, which will stop fumes from your sewer before they stink up the rest of your house. This P trap, however, can also be a place where grease, food scraps, hair, and other objects that can form a clog will collect. Thus, when a sink drain stops running, you should remove and clean your trap. 

If you take the steps described above, and you still have clogs, it is time to call in the professionals like Holmes Sewer And Drain. They will likely need to use a plumbing snake to fish out clogs. Because there is a potential to damage plumbing fixtures or pipes with a snake, this is a job better left to the professionals.