How to Tell if Your Sewer Needs a Little "TLC"
Because the main bits and pieces to your sewer are beneath the ground, it's something most of us don't think about until it's too late. There isn't anything worse than coming home from vacation to find waste water invading your home instead of leaving it. There are a few things you can do, and a few things you can't, to keep your sewer in top working order.
Watch what you put down the drains. This may sound like a no-brainer, but sewer lines are made to handle toilet paper, human waste, and waste water, not cotton swabs or baby wipes or feminine products. No matter what it says on the packaging, if it's not toilet paper, toss it in the trash, not the toilet.
If you have a garbage disposal, use it properly. First of all, only foods should be put through your disposal, not anything like cigarette butts. Run cold water for a few minutes through your disposal both before and after you use it to help any fats move through. Grind up foods in small servings, and avoid grinding up really fibrous things such as onion peels, celery, corn husks and artichokes. Throwing a little borax in there now and then will help keeps things clean without corroding the pipes or disposal blades.
Things that you can't control are the roots of trees and shrubs making their way into the sewer line, the kinds of things other people put down their drains, and the wear and tear of time. If you go to flush your toilet and hear an odd gurgling, or even worse, run a load of laundry only to find blackwater oozing up from the drains into your
sink or bathtub, there's a clog in the pipes that needs looking to. Seeing blackwater emerge from the base of the toilet where it
connects to the floor is a sign that the wax ring around the toilet is no longer functioning. It must also be noted that if you only have half-bath on the first floor or lower, the toilet will be your only indicator of a main line clog, but it will appear to be a toilet issue at first (because there's no tub full of waste water to blow the horn for you).
Blackwater and backups are nothing to laugh at, and if you find yourself in need of a little "TLC" for your sewers, contact us at Fox Plumbing and Heating. We can inspect your sewer pipes with video to discern the location and nature of the problem and decide the most direct course of action without the use of investigative digging. In many situations we can offer trenchless pipe repair if needed, to avoid wrecking your yard and landscaping. We handle a wide range of sewer issues, from grease clogs to root infestations and broken pipes. If you need sewer repair in the Seattle area, give us a call for a free estimate today!
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