5 Ways for Homeowners to Avoid Sewer and Plumbing Problems

Sewage and plumbing problems can be a serious inconvenience. When it comes to ruptured pipes, backed up systems and clogs, it can take unnecessary time out of your life and it can cost a significant amount of money. Just likeĀ HVAC preventative maintenance is so important, so is preventative maintenance of your sewage and plumbing system. If you have a septic tank, you need to take special care of your sewage system, because the city may not be able to fix ruptured lines or issues caused by the weather or natural disasters. Here are five ways for homeowners to avoid sewer and plumbing problems.

  1. Make sure that people don’t flush large items down you toilet. No matter if you have a septic system or if you are on the city grid, it is important that people know not to flush things like diapers and greasy food scraps down the toilet. These items can either get stopped midway and cause clogs, or they can cause damage when they arrive at the septic tank. Both of these problems can cause your sewage system to become backed up, which could cost a fortune to reverse.
  2. Make sure that the pipes leading to your septic tank are buried deep enough so that they won’t become damaged by cars driving over them. Many people think that their pipes are safe, but not only is it important to bury the pipes as deep as you can, but you also want to make sure the pipes are routed around, and not under, the driveway. When it comes down to it, a ruptured pipe can cause an unbearable smell and it can cause your whole system to become backed up. Also, when you are laying sewage pipe, make sure that you route around tree roots as well.
  3. Make sure that you add enzymes and other helpful bacteria to your septic tank. Your septic tank will be a critical compartment to break down waste and other solid matter. So, you want to make sure there is a healthy bacteria and enzyme balance for this to occur. If there isn’t a healthy enzyme balance, solid waste will end up filling the septic tank to the point where it can become inoperable. So, make sure to add a healthy does of enzymes every year of so.
  4. Make sure that you don’t use large chlorine tablets to clean your toilet and sewage system. Chlorine can wind up dissolving rubber gaskets and other crucial elements of your toilet and sewage system. Not only that, but chlorine will also disrupt the natural ecosystem of your septic tank. If you want to use cleaning materials, stick with organic ones, like baking soda and vinegar.
  5. Make sure that you keep your nose and eyes out for any problems. For instance, strange smells and sounds usually mean that there is a problem. It critical that you fix these problems before they become worse and more expensive. When it comes down to it, the solution is usually much simpler if you catch the problem sooner rather than later.

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