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Four Tips For Keeping Your Drains Clear

by Clinton Stone

No homeowner wants to go down in the basement only to find smelly wastewater backed up around the drain. Neither do you want your toilet or your kitchen sink to not drain properly. While everyone has this type of problem occasionally, there are easy and affordable things you can do to prevent a major drain catastrophe.

How to avoid drain issues

1. Be careful where you plant shrubs and trees. Planting trees between your house and the street may look inviting, but as they grow, these trees will send out deep roots, roots that can penetrate older sewer lines and residential pipes where your residential system connects to the city system. It's better to plant flowers in the front yard and save the trees and shrubs for the back of your property. If you already have well-established trees in the front yard and you are subject to spring drain problems, it's a wise idea to have your pipes and drains professionally cleaned early in the year to remove all of those new roots from clogging your system.

2. Be kind to your septic tank. If you live outside of the city limits, it's likely that you have a septic system to handle your household wastewater. If so, you need to be extremely careful about what you put down the drain or flush in the toilet. Things like coffee grounds, paint residue from brushes and common bleach-based household cleaners can destroy the fragile eco-system at work in your tank and lead to drain odors.

3. Forget the flushables. One of the quickest ways to clog your household drains and pipes is to believe what the manufacturers tell you about "flushable" paper products like diapers, wipes and feminine products. These items take a long time to dissolve and will bunch up in the pipes, causing a clog and potential water back-up.

4. Go easy on drain cleaners. Even if you don't have a septic system, you should limit the amount of consumer drain cleaning products that you use. These products contain harsh (and potentially toxic) chemicals that can corrode your pipes, leading to leaks deep within your plumbing system.

While most every household has a problem with its drains every once in a while, you can avoid major problems by being careful with your landscaping, avoiding drain cleaning products, being kind to your septic system and never, ever using flushable products. 

To learn more, contact a company like Lowry Services: Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling