Sewer clogs can happen in any home, old or new, and in most cases they’re a minor annoyance; however, in extreme cases they can cause serious damage to your Orlando home. The following sewer clog prevention tips will help you to avoid sewer clogs in the first place, saving you the time and hassle of calling in a plumber:
Avoiding Bathroom Clogs
Install screens or strainers in the drains for all your sinks, showers and tubs, and clean them every few days. They will catch any large debris, such as hair, and keep it out of the drain system.
Avoid flushing anything other than toilet paper down the toilet. Many other products, including wet wipes that are advertised as flushable, do not dissolve well in the waste stream, especially in areas with septic tanks. The following items should never be flushed and should be thrown in the garbage instead:
- Paper towels
- Cotton balls
- Cotton swabs
- Feminine care products
Avoiding Kitchen Clogs
Put strainers into each sink to catch food particles, and save cooking oils and grease in a heat resistant container that can be thrown in the regular garbage. Grease and food particles can congeal into a large mass, easily clogging sewer lines.
Rinse drains and garbage disposals with water for a few seconds after using them and avoid pouring paint, grease-based products or any other chemicals down the drain.
Sewer Line Maintenance
If you have trees in the vicinity of your sewer lines, have your system inspected for tree root infiltration, and have it routed out if necessary. Periodic visits or sewer line replacement may be necessary to keep the system operating properly. If your sewer lines frequently clog, have them inspected by a professional, who can use tools such as fiber-optic cameras to check for problems. Many insurance policies do not cover sewer line damage, which can be very expensive to repair, so consider choosing one that does.
For more sewer clog prevention tips, talk to our plumbing experts at Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions. We have been serving the Orlando area since 1969.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about sewer clog prevention and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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