Any time you turn on the faucet or flush the toilet, you send water through your pipes and into the sewer system. It is important to be aware of what is going into your pipes as not all things can flow easily through the system. Some items can cause blockages and prevent the line from flowing. Even if the item does not cause a blockage, it could be problematic when it reaches the main wastewater treatment center.
What Not to Flush
Here are some items to avoid putting into your pipes:
- Cat litter
- Flushable wipes
- Grease and fat
- Pesticides and other chemicals
- Stringy foods such as celery and banana peels
All the above items can cause blockages in your pipes. If you do experience a clog, it is best to use a liquid drain cleaner rather than crystals. However total blockage should be blasted out with a sewer jetter. Additionally, you can clean your drains monthly with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to help prevent any buildup.
Consider the Landscape
An additional tip is to avoid doing extensive landscaping projects over sewer lines. Tree roots can be harmful to the pipes. When preparing to landscape your yard, you can contact your local utility company to find out where your sewer lines are located.
It is important to maintain your sewer line to prevent any blockages or other problems. For more information regarding the maintenance of your sewer line and pipes, call A-1 Brown Plumbing Repair.