Friday, December 27, 2013

Tips on Keeping Your Sewers Clean

When your home’s sewer system fails, you could be in for nothing less than a filthy, smelly mess — so it’s important that you always keep it clean and well-maintained. In some cases, you can hire reputable companies to rent you a vactor truck, but if you can’t afford to do this regularly, you can always try out one or two of these tips:

Screen Your Sinks

Educate yourself and your family about the proper use of your plumbing fixtures like the kitchen sink and toilet. Make sure that only human waste and water (some kitchen sinks are built with equipment that can dice and shred certain food items) goes through to the sewers, lest you will have a clog.

The Big Flush

At least once a week, fill every sink all the way to the brim with water. Then, having family members and friends help you out, simultaneously pull all the stoppers. This should fill all the pipes with water and pressure, washing away any obstructions or building clogs.

Cleanout Plug Flush

Should you have reason to believe that your sewage pipes are already blocked, look for the cleanout plugs for the pipes. Remove the plug and push a plumber’s snake down through it. The snake should clean the pipes’ sides and free them of obstructions.


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