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Prevent Sewer Line Backups

When you think about spring cleaning or carrying out repairs around your home, what immediately comes to mind?

For most homeowners, important tasks include tending to yards, checking air conditioning systems, and maybe redecorating with a new coat of paint. What most don’t often think of, however, is plumbing maintenance or repairs.

Your plumbing is permanently connected to many of the most utilized features in your home. From toilets to baths, water heaters to washers, the modern Arizona family simply could not get by without an efficient plumbing system.

With that in mind, how much are you willing to gamble your plumbing system won’t catastrophically fail at some point? With maintenance and necessary repairs, your plumbing could represent a ticking time bomb.

Some of the most damaging plumbing problems have humble beginnings. If you don’t conduct routine maintenance to identify such issues there is no way of averting disaster. Prevention is always the best cure, regardless of whether you are dealing with disease or a sewer line that has the potential to become backed up.

Sewer Backup Causes

Clogged pipes from drains are one of the major causes of sewer backup. There is a high potential for flooding into basements, which brings with it an additional hazard. A sewer backup consists of both waste and wastewater – both of which are highly contaminated. Your health and the environment can become impacted by a sewer backup and the fallout can last for years.

When your plumbing is working as it should, sanitary sewage is diverted to underground sewage pipes. A line blockage results in the sewage backing into whichever pipes and drains are closest. That usually means your toilet, sink, shower/bath will act as vents for the trapped sewage.

Blockage causes can be either human or nature driven. Household materials becoming trapped or damaged pipes from construction work are two factors that are largely avoidable. However, natural events such as excess rainwater or root infiltration are often harder to control. In each of these cases, there is one common denominator – the blockage can start off small and worsen with time.

Sewer Backup Prevention

As you can see, there is no use just waiting around to see if sewer backup will strike. By the time it happens, extensive damage has already occurred and there is more damage yet to consider. If you instead seek to prevent sewer backup, it will mean more maintenance but less likelihood of significant repairs.

Grease does not go down the drain

It is important to ensure you stop putting grease down the sink in your home. When cooking, it may seem easier and more convenient to dispose of grease and other food that way, but it will clog up in your drains eventually. Usual suspects include cooking oil, egg shells, bones, sauces, and hard vegetables. Running water is not an effective means of getting household food waste down the sink, so just avoid this practice altogether.

If you have any doubt whatsoever about whether an item is safe to dispose of down the sink, don’t take the risk. If you are a keen gardener, it is better to use your food scraps for compost so your pipes live to see another day.

Don’t flush baby or face wipes

Many people assume because toilet paper is flushable, the same applies to baby or face wipes. Nothing could be further from the truth, however, as both products are made from entirely different materials. What’s more, even other paper products are not suitable for flushing. For instance, kitchen paper is often designed with high absorbency, which tends to make it balloon up in toilet pipes. Once enough of these unsuitable materials have built up in your pipes, it will result in a blockage.

Consider installing childproof locks

If you have small children, you may also want to consider installing childproof locks on your bathroom doors. Children tend to dump all manner of foreign objects down the toilet without a care for the consequences. After all, they don’t have the life experience and can’t be held responsible in a civil lawsuit for any damages.

Get a sewer line video inspection

There are too many variables to consider on your own, however. Prevention will also require the help of professionals. A good nanny will ensure your kids don’t get up to any mischief, but she may not consider sewer line video inspection as a reasonable part of her duties. At least every 4-5 years, make sure to bring in the professionals to have your sewer lines checked.

Mason Mechanical can provide you with a professional service that will keep your plumbing running like clockwork. It is our goal to ensure customers have the knowledge and understanding needed to conduct basic checks and maintenance while we take care of the rest. Call today to speak to an expert tech in Arizona.