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Stopping a Clogged Sewer Line Before It Starts

root-clogged-pipeJust looking at this title probably makes you a bit nervous. A clogged sewer line—that sounds bad. And it is. This is one of the biggest plumbing troubles a home can run into. The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone trying to fix it. In fact, don’t even think about it. Instead, call our plumbers for the sewer line cleaning necessary. We are experts with both sewer and drain cleaning in Camarillo, CA, and use the best tools to get the job done fast and right.

It’s better, however, to look ahead of the problem and think about prevention. Is a clogged sewer line something you can prevent? Absolutely! Not all factors are under your control, but most are. Below are the ways you can stop a sewer line clog before it starts.

The “Do Not Flush” List

The sewer line carries the collected waste from around the drains of the house and transports it to the municipal sewer line in the center of the street, or in some areas to a septic tank. Anything that goes into toilets, kitchen sink drains, shower drains, bathroom sink drains, or floor drains will go to the sewer line. It’s important to keep out items and materials that can create clogs:

  • Sanitary wipes and moist towelettes—even ones that claim they are flushable! These wipes emulsify and turn into massive clumps that are difficult to remove.
  • Actual garbage; basically anything non-organic. Trash goes in the trash, not down a disposal and not down a toilet.
  • Fats, oils, and grease. These cooking byproducts quickly congeal along pipe linings. Some homes have grease interceptors to stop this, but most don’t.

Proper Gardening to Keep Away Tree Roots

Tree root infiltration is a major cause of clogged sewer lines, as well as broken sewer lines. The roots of trees and deep-growing plants move straight toward nutrient sources and warm patches, and the sewer line is a prime target. Be cautious about planting trees near the sewer line, and avoid plants with deep roots. Unfortunately, roots can still travel great distances, especially during dry conditions in California when they are thirsty. We recommend regular line inspections to catch problems early.

Schedule Regular Drain Cleaning

You can have your drain and sewer line cleaned as part of a routine service for your home’s plumbing. People usually think of drain cleaning as something to arrange for when there are major clogs. But this service is also preventive, and we recommend it done yearly. This isn’t just to protect the sewer line; it helps with drains all around the house and reduces nuisances like slow drains. It also helps the pipes to enjoy a long life before needing replacement.

If you have concerns regarding your sewer line, call us for a video pipe inspection. This lets us find out exactly what is happening in your sewer line and what needs to be done about it. We use only the finest in high-technology equipment for sewer line services.

Husted Plumbing serves the Greater Santa Barbara and Ventura County Area. We treat our customers like family—call today for excellent sewer line services.

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