When you think of a clog in your home, it’s usually a toilet or bathroom sink. Those types of clogs can usually be dealt with in short order by even the least handy among us. However, clogs that involve your homes sewer line are far more costly and complicated to deal with. While you can knock out a clogged toilet with a few sloshes of the ol’ plunger, you’ll need an excavator and Ditch Witch to repair a clogged sewer line. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help avoid some of the causes of clogged sewer lines.

What are Signs and Causes of Clogged Sewer Lines?

Soggy Grass on a Dry Day – Most homeowners will discover a leak or back up in their sewer line when mowing the lawn and noticing a soggy patch in otherwise dry grass. This is more times than not a sign of issues with the sewer line.

Stubborn Clogs – Do you have a sink or drain in your home that is always clogged no matter how many gallons of deadly chemicals you pour down in it? It’s probably a sign of a clogged sewer line.

Sewer Clean Out Not So Clean – Every home has a sewer clean out valve which is a black or white pipe normally located along the side of your home. Locate the clean out and if its full of sewer water, you have a clog in your sewer line. How can you identify sewer water? Trust me, you’ll know it when you smell it.

Roots of the Problem – Tree roots go where they want, your sewer line is no exception. If you have a tree root in your sewer line, there is nothing else you can do except call a plumber.

How Can Clogged Sewer Lines Be Avoided?

Even Your Drains Need Enzymes – Add enzymes cleaners to your drains once a month. Enzymes cleaners are available at any hardware store.

Beat Back the Bush – Keep bushes, shrubs and small plants away from your sewer lines. Those small roots will one day grow up and become line wreaking powerhouses.

Your Toilet is Not a Garbage Disposal – Many people treat their toilet like a bottomless pit and flush anything down. Make sure to flush only human waste and septic safe products down your toilet.

Schedule a Physical for Your Sewer Line – Just like you see a doctor every year, so should your sewer line. Call Michael & Son today and schedule a sewer line checkup.

Keeping your sewer line working properly is just like anything else in your home; maintenance and checkups will keep issues at bay. However, problems are sometimes unavoidable and when they arise, you need a professional. Michael & Son Services can help with all your plumbing needs, including sewer lines. Michael & Son specializes in directional boring, camera inspections and sewer line replacements, call Michael & Son Services today. Also, Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube page to find out about upcoming events, great savings and much more!