5 Tips to Keep your Sewer Line in Good Shape
Sewer lines keep your household clean and organised by helping you dispose of unwanted trash, liquid or solid form. Now, what most homeowners forget is that sewer lines need monitoring and are more high maintenance than other fixtures in your plumbing system. In this article, you will learn 5 easy and effective tips to keep your sewer line clean and working wonders.
- Locate the sewer line.
Pinpointing the exact positioning of the pipes in your lawn and walls is doing half the job already. Knowing where a specific fixture is located will save you the hassle of having to search for it when something goes wrong. Also, having the location in mind will most likely prevent the problem from occurring in the first place because you know that something is buried in this certain place, you certainly would not do anything to endanger the fixture underneath such as adding undue stress on the area.
- Plant trees and other vegetation strategically.
Planning the positioning of the vegetation that you are supposed to plant in your backyard saves you the troubles of root intrusion in the future. Also, you have to put into consideration the variety of the plant. There are trees that are considered sewer pipe friendly as they do not grow to be overzealously huge and are often culprits of pipe rupture and damage. There are also plants that are recommended for domestic gardening and lawn ornamentals because they have roots that are either slow growing or require minimal moisture for nutrition and growth. Looking for these plants may be a lot of research. Ask for a horticulturist’s advice when you decide on what plants you want in your yard.
- Don’t park above sewer lines.
Most sewer lines are buried a few feet under the ground. This is the reason why you need to keep off some areas in your lawn when parking your automobiles. Dead load on top of pipelines adds stress to them which may cause cracks, pipe deformity and even breakage. Resting your car on top of a sewer line again and again for long durations will cause the pipe to weaken and eventually be crushed under the weight and stress. Also, avoid building your driveways and parking garages above pipelines and sewer lines for the same purpose. Try to avoid plumbing fixtures as much as you can to prevent having to face pipe issues in the future.
- Be selective with what goes down the drain.
Be watchful with what goes down the drain at all times. Assign recyclable, biodegradable and non-biodegradable bins near drains, sinks and bathrooms so you will not have to worry about inappropriate materials being flushed straight to the sewer. Toilets also have this strange ability to flush random objects down the syphon. May it be Batman, Spidey or one of Ironman’s detachable arms, name it, it has probably been found taking a dip in the toilet at some point.
- Do routine maintenance and inspection.
Routine maintenance is what really stands between you and costly pipe repairs and damages. Having one ear on the ground when dealing with plumbing fixtures saves you a lot of effort and money. You see, when you do inspections regularly, you will be able to spot the early signs of damage before they even become minor problems. As they say, early prevention and remedy defeat replacing and repairing heavily damaged fixtures.