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.

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