To help you avoid costly repairs and maintain a properly functioning drain and sewer plumbing system as a homeowner, here are some important things to know:
- Understanding your system: Familiarize yourself with the layout of your drain and sewer system. Know the location of cleanouts, main sewer lines, and any potential trouble spots. This knowledge can help you identify issues and communicate effectively with professionals if needed.
- Regular maintenance: Implement preventative measures to keep your drains and sewer lines in good condition. This includes using drain strainers or filters to prevent debris from entering the pipes, avoiding pouring grease or other non-biodegradable materials down drains, and periodically flushing drains with hot water to minimize buildup.
- Be mindful of what goes down the drains: Be cautious about what you dispose of through your drains. Avoid flushing items like wet wipes, feminine hygiene products, dental floss, or paper towels, as they can cause clogs and damage the plumbing system.
- Tree root intrusion: If you have trees on your property, understand that their roots can infiltrate sewer lines, causing blockages and pipe damage. Be mindful of the proximity of trees to your sewer lines and consider periodic inspections by professionals to detect and address root intrusion.
- Signs of a problem: Learn to recognize the signs of potential drain or sewer issues. These may include slow drainage, gurgling sounds, foul odors, recurring clogs, or sewage backups. Acting promptly upon noticing these signs can help prevent more severe problems and costly repairs.
- Professional inspections and cleaning: Consider scheduling periodic professional inspections and drain cleaning services. Sunrise Plumbing can use specialized tools, such as cameras, to inspect the condition of your pipes, identify blockages or damage, and perform thorough cleaning if necessary.
- Grease disposal: Properly dispose of cooking grease and oil. Allow them to cool and solidify, and then dispose of them in the trash rather than pouring them down the drain. Grease can congeal in pipes and lead to clogs and backups.
- Avoid chemical drain cleaners: While it may be tempting to use chemical drain cleaners for clogs, they can be harsh on your plumbing system and may not fully resolve the underlying issue. It’s often better to use natural or mechanical methods for clearing clogs, or seek professional assistance if needed.
Remember, when it comes to significant drain or sewer issues, it’s advisable to consult a professional plumber. Call Sunrise Plumbing or schedule online, we have the expertise and equipment to diagnose and address complex problems, ensuring the longevity and proper functioning of your drain and sewer plumbing system.
SOME OF THE SIGNS YOU MAY NEED DRAIN SERVICES
- slow draining fixtures, sometimes with gurgling sounds
- several drains have become slow or blocked
- same drain keeps backing up
- a sewer smell indoors
- flushing toilet or draining laundry causes an overflow nearby