Tips for Avoiding Sewer Clogs and Keeping Your Pipes Clear
Modern urban homes depend on sewer pipes to remove waste water. If those pipes aren’t working properly, it can cause a stinky, potentially hazardous situation. The sewer pipes at the street are usually the sanitation department’s responsibility, but the pipe that runs from your house is your responsibility. Homeowners should take necessary precautions to avoid sewer clogs.
Tips for Avoiding Sewer Clogs
Keep pipes clear by taking the following into account:
- Don’t flush items that aren’t meant to be flushed. Toilet paper is about the only thing you should be flushing aside from normal human waste. Feminine napkins, tampons, diapers and paper towels should not go down the toilet. Even the so-called “flushable” wipes don’t degrade fast enough to enter the sewer pipes.
- Don’t flush oily, thick or viscous liquids. Paint, oil, grease or thick chemicals may go down with the first flush, but if they hit any obstructions in the pipe itself, a clog can form. Many of these substances can also cause damage to the pipe itself, increasing the possibility of leaks or joint problems in the future.
- Protect the sewer line from tree roots or large plants. Tree roots can easily penetrate pipe joints, and as plants grow, roots will start to expand, causing damage to the pipe itself. This can cause clogging or leaking. If you’re moving into a new home, consider having the pipe inspected before making the final decision. It’s also a good idea to schedule an evaluation on your current home every few years to check for problems.
To learn more on how to avoid sewer clogs, or for other home comfort concerns, contact the experienced professionals at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.
Image via Shutterstock.com
"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.