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How to Prevent a Clogged Sewer


Just about everyone deals with a clogged toilet or drain from time to time. It’s to be expected, even among the most careful of homeowners.

Of course, expecting a clog shouldn’t stop you from trying to prevent one, especially with your underground sewer lines. Those tend to be the most difficult and costly to repair.

So, to help keep everything flowing as it should be, just follow these proven effective measures.

Use Enzyme Cleaners on Your Drains Monthly

Apply a chemical-free drain cleaner once a month. Enzyme cleaners are better for your pipes, your health, and the environment.

Keep Trees, Bushes and Other Plants Away from the Sewer Line

When trees and shrubs are planted too close to underground sewer lines, their roots can penetrate through cracks or gaps where pipes are connected. If that happens and the problem goes undetected for too long, your sewer can clog up completely.

Avoid Flushing Wipes and Other Hygiene Products Down the Toilet

The only thing that should ever be flushed down the toilet aside from human waste is toilet paper. Sanitary napkins and other hygiene products can clog pipes and lead to more serious plumbing problems.

How would you know if your sewer were already clogged?  Here are few common warning signs.

  • Toilets start percolating like a coffee pot once your washing machine stops.
  • Water accumulates around the basement floor drain
  • Multiple drains (or toilets) are clogged at the same time
  • Water backs up in your tub or shower when you flush a toilet
  • Toilet water bubbles while you run water in a nearby sink
  • One small area of your lawn is wet and spongy and while the rest is dry

If any of that is going on at your house, chances are you have at least a partial sewer clog, one that should be cleared right away. For unbeaten service and attention to your family’s plumbing needs, contact Connor Plumbing today.

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