3 Things to Do to Maintain Your Sewer Line
Replacing sewer lines when there are damages and structural deterioration can be quite expensive and troublesome. When dealing with sewer lines and the plumbing system, there are numerous practices that you should know about and techniques in order to keep the system in tip top condition. Now there are practices that most homeowners do thinking that these will help solve the problems that there are in the interior of the pipe, but in reality, all they do is further the damage. To help you protect your sewage system better, here are a few of things and practices that you should do to better protect your sewer system:
This list comprises of methods, techniques and practices that you probably may have heard about by now that can help you go about your sewer maintenance routine. Feel free to alter the processes or modify them to best suit what your system needs.
- Clean the drain.
Make it a habit to always clean your drains after using. You can go slacker on this practice by doing the cleaning lesser than every after use, say once a week. But always remember to run the tap for a few minutes every night before you go to bed and you should have a perfectly working drain come morning. Letting the tap run will help in getting rid of the substances and materials stuck along the pipe interior that got leftover throughout the day. What happens when these sticky substance stay in the pipe for too long is that they can cause deterioration and blockage since they are the causes of accumulation and the moment they start to rot is the moment that your pipeline will function very poorly.
Now, there are various ways of cleaning out a drain pipe. One method is to do a homemade cleaning paste using ¼ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of vinegar. Mix the materials thoroughly and then, using an old brush, brush the mixture along the sides of the drain. You have to make sure that after this process, none of the pungent smell of the vinegar lingers in the sewer lines. To do this, flush down a couple of cups of boiling water down the drain to get rid of the smell.
- Hire a professional help.
You can always mistakenly touch of move random fixtures in your plumbing system that will create a big issue in the future. However, you can never go wrong when you hire a plumbing professional to do the work for you. One obvious advantage is that with his years of service, you can be sure that he knows what he is doing. Also, he has a well-trained eye for the developing damages so you can be informed of them, ahead of time. A plumbing professional also has more knowledge about the issues that are going on in your pipe than an average homeowner does.
- Install Sewer Backflow Devices (SBDs).
The installation of a SBD does not guarantee by a hundred per cent that there will be now backflows in your home once you install the device. What it guarantees is that there will be a fixture in your plumbing system that can deal with the potential of a backflow, notify you when it is about to happen and try its best to prevent it. This fixture will depend heavily on the amount of maintenance, stress and pressure it receives to count its service years and gauge the quality if it performance.