How to Prevent Summer Sewer Clogs

How to Prevent Summer Sewer Clogs

The increased at-home activity and extra strain on your sewer system that comes when kids are home for the summer can cause issues with your home’s plumbing. Here are some things you can do to prevent a sewer clog, and what to do if you still get one.

Knowing If Your Sewer Lines Are Clogged

When a home’s sewer lines are clogged, there will often be bubbling sounds coming from your home’s drains as well as the signature, stale smell of sewage. You might also notice that the drains in your home are not draining as quickly as they usually do. If you discover any of these signs, it would be wise to contact a professional plumbing service as quickly as possible. The longer you go without fixing issues with sewer lines, the more likely that you or anyone else in your home could face the risk of severe illness.

How to Prevent Clogged Sewer Lines

A few things you can do to prevent a clog in your sewer pipes include:

  • Avoid planting trees and other plants near the pipes. If tree or plant roots are too close to a sewer pipe, they can start to grow around it, or even through it. This causes damage to the pipes and makes maintenance difficult.
  • Avoid flushing items that shouldn’t be flushed. Toilet paper is thin and designed to start dissolving quickly in the water. Thicker items, however, like wipes and paper towels, are not designed to break down the same way, and can eventually lead to clogged pipes.  
  • Don’t put grease down the drain. Grease from cooking might seem like it goes easily down the drain, but as it cools, it will start to congeal. It can trap food particles and other items, which results in an icky mess inside your pipes. 

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, clogs still happen. If you live in Troy, Michigan, Birmingham Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can provide you with sewer line servicing, including the removal of sewer line clogs. Our team is highly trained and can discover and fix your problem quickly and effectively. Get in touch today!