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Help Avoid Sewer Line Clogs With These 3 Easy Tips

Keep Sewer Lines and Drains Clog-Free

A clogged drain or sewer line can sometimes seem like a perpetual problem that won’t go away. Most homeowners with a clogged sewer line must deal with slow-moving drains, standing water, or a backed-up toilet. The good news is that this is a problem that can be prevented. With the proper preventive measures, homeowners avoid the hassles and hazards of a clogged sewer line and drain. All they have to do is follow these three simple tips for keeping their homes clog-free.

Drain Cleaning Is Effective at Both Preventing and Clearing Clogs

plumbing cleaning Sometimes, despite all homeowners' best efforts to prevent blockages from forming in the plumbing system, things still make their way into the pipelines and accumulate to form clogs. This is why it’s important to schedule routine preventative drain cleaning by a professional plumber. 

Not only are drain cleaning services effective at clearing out the sewer line and having it flowing freely once again, but if done preemptively, such as hydro jet drain cleaning, it can help keep the plumbing system running efficiently and avoid the accumulation of things that can form clogs without regular cleaning.

Mesh Drain Screens for the Win!

drain meshIn tandem with regular preventive maintenance and drain cleaning services, homeowners should also practice good waste disposal habits at home to free themselves from the pesky problem of a perpetually clogged drain. One way to keep the wrong things from going down the drain is using mesh drain screens to capture food particles, debris, hair, or anything else that might go down and get lodged in the sewer lines. 

Using an inexpensive drain screen in the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, bathtub, and shower drains keeps these problematic things that can form clogs away from the sewer line. It helps save homeowners the headache of what could be yet another clogged sewer line.

Keep These Foods Away From the Kitchen Sink Drain

Out of all the drains in the house, the kitchen sink is one of the most important ones to keep clean since people might dispose of food waste there. After all, it sees a wide variety of food debris that could cause clogging and blockages in the sewer lines. Having a mesh screen here, as well as a garbage disposal, goes a long way in preventing food particles from draining into the pipes and breaking down the ones that do get in into smaller pieces so that they won’t cause clogging. 

But despite the presence of both these preventive measures, homeowners should still be aware that certain food items can cause clogging issues and issues for garbage disposals. Food scraps that should never go down drains, even ones with garbage disposals, include rice and pasta, as these types of food expand with water and could be a problem if allowed into the kitchen sink drain. Coffee grounds, eggshells, and fruit pits should also never go down the drain. 

Pouring cooking grease and oil into the kitchen sink is also a big no-no. This is because oil, fats, and grease tend to solidify at lower temperatures, and while they may go down as a liquid, they become solid in the pipelines and can cause a significant blockage. The proper way to dispose of oil and grease is to put them in a container to cool and then throw them in the garbage.

About Walker Plumbing, Heating & Air

Walker Plumbing, Heating & Air has more than two decades of experience serving St. George and the surrounding areas. They offer same-day service, straightforward pricing, and the latest technology. Call them today for plumbing and drain cleaning services in St. George, UT.

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