If you’ve never had to deal with a clogged sewer line in your home before, you should consider yourself lucky. Sewage backups can lead to flooding and cause serious water damage that is often costly and time-consuming to repair. Nearly every part of your home, from the floors to the ceiling to the wiring, can be significantly affected by exposure to water.
As city sewage lines all over the country become older, backups are increasing in frequency. Professional sewer line cleaning services can help remove serious backups before they result in flooding, but you significantly curb the likelihood of a clog by taking the right preemptive steps. Here is what every homeowner can do to help prevent serious sewage backups before they happen:
Replace Your Lateral Pipe Before It Gets Too Old
Lateral maintenance is probably the most important aspect of plumbing that you’ve never heard of. The sewer lateral is the pipeline that connects the plumbing in your home to the city’s water main. While it may seem like city property, it is actually the responsibility of the homeowner to keep the lateral pipeline clean and deal with any issues that arise.
Lateral piping that’s been in the ground for too long can deteriorate and become cracked by tree roots or other elemental factors. Cracking piping can allow groundwater to infiltrate the plumbing of your home, leading to unexpected flooding. By replacing your lateral before it gets too old, you can drastically reduce the likelihood of sudden groundwater seepage and save yourself from the trouble it can cause.
Properly Dispose of Grease & Paper Products
One of the most common ways that homeowners can unknowingly contribute to clogged sewer lines is by improperly disposing of grease and paper products through their pipes. Common household essentials like paper towels, diapers, and similar products break down very slowly, and can obstruct your piping for a long time if they’re flushed down the drain and get stuck.
Another common cause of clogging is cooking oil or grease being poured into the drain. While they’re still hot, it can seem like a harmless way to dispose of waste, but oil and grease will solidify into a gelatinous goop when they cool down. If this happens in your pipes, it can prevent your drain from working properly and professional drain clearing services are often necessary to address the issue.
Install a Backwater Prevention Valve
Sometimes, even when you take all the right preventative steps, clogged sewer lines can still happen. They become inherently more likely over time as the pipes in your home see more use, but there is a way for homeowners to set up a reliable “last line of defense” when it comes to preventing sewage backup.
A backwater prevention valve is connected to your basement sewage line, and made to allow sewage to pass through while stopping it from coming back in. With a backwater prevention valve, even a large clog won’t cause your home or basement to flood with sewage.
Contact Express Drains today to learn more about sewer line care and professional drain clearing services.