Keeping Your Drain and Sewer System Happy This Spring

Sewer Pipes

Nothing is more important than considering the health of both your sewer line and drains this spring. Much like any other system in your home, both of these systems are prone to problems, especially clogs. A clog usually occurs when there is some sort of blockage found within your pipes. Thankfully, there are ways around these series of backups. If you follow the following steps, you can keep your pipes running smoothly this season.

Typical Causes of Sewer Backups

In terms of residential backups; there are many contributing factors. Natural factors are common, as well as mistakes on our end. These include:

  • Tree Root Intrusion
  • Grease Accumulation
  • Improper disposal of paper products

When to Call a Professional

If it becomes apparent that you have a clog, you should always consult a professional. Here are a few signs to watch out for that typically indicate a clog or blockage:

  • A foul odor coming from the drain
  • Sinks, showers, bath tubs, and toilets that are slow to drain or don’t drain at all
  • Wastewater coming up through the drains
  • Pooling water in your yard or driveway
  • More bugs or rodents in and around your home

A professional will be able to locate the clog, and remove it with ease. The job will be done the right way, keeping your pipes safe.

Avoid Clogging Your Drains

While grease is the absolute worst substance you can put in your drain, there are other objects that should be avoided all together. This is especially pertinent if you have a garbage disposal unit as part of your drain system. These items include the following:

  • Bones
  • Fibrous fruits/vegetables: This includes celery, artichokes, asparagus, lettuce
  • Coffee Grinds
  • Fruit Pits: Includes avocado pits, peach pits, etc.
  • Corn Husks
  • Egg Shells
  • Potato Peels
  • Pasta, Rice and Grains

If these items much like grease or oil, can clog up your drain or prevent the garbage disposal blades from working properly. If the blades are jammed, this can also increase the buildup in the disposal drain.
If you do experience a clogged drain, there are ways to remedy it.

Helping Your Drains

If your drains do have a clog, there can be a number of indicators. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent drains from clogging.
Run hot water through the sink after each use. Hot water keeps oils in food products running down the drain, rather than building up on the interior surface of pipes, which can make drains sluggish and lead to clogs.

Throw a handful of baking soda into the drain and follow it with hot water. Baking soda is a terrific cleaning agent, and it’s also great for absorbing foul odors and leaving your drainpipes smelling like a rose. Okay, maybe not like a rose, but a lot better than they otherwise would.

Pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes; then chase it down with very hot water. Vinegar is a wonder cleaner. It contains acetic acid, which acts as an excellent organic solvent in removing organic buildup of crud in pipes.