Your sewer system needs to be in good shape, not just to avoid blockages, but also to avoid back flows and other costly plumbing repairs. Here are some tips on how to maintain your plumbing system.
Be careful what gets drained or flushed.
It might seem easier to just flush it, but the sewer system is more sensitive than you think! Beware, things like paper towels, diapers, wrappers and feminine hygiene products will clog your pipes. Even small objects like cotton swabs and dental floss can cause a blockage. Learn how to unclog a bathtub drain.
When it comes to your kitchen or laundry room sinks, the worst things to throw down the drain are coffee grounds and cooking fats. Cooking fats can conglomerate inside your pipes and cause blockages. It’s best to pour it in a container or wipe it with paper towel and dispose of it in the garbage.
Do not pour hazardous chemicals down the drain. Examples of dangerous materials include pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers. The same goes for paints, thinners and solvents. Instead, take them to a hazardous waste collection center.
Keep in mind that drugs and medication should not be flushed. They contaminate the entire system, seep into drinking water supplies and harm humans and animals.
Use water efficiently.
The more water goes down the drain, the more exertion will be put on your sewer system and the more you’ll pay on your utility bill. While it is made to handle constant use, being a little more conservative with your water use will help prevent future issues. For example, don’t wash more than 2 loads of laundry a day. Take short showers. You can install low-flow fixtures on your faucets and toilets. Extra strain on the sewer system can be avoided, plus it’s better for the planet and will help you save money on your monthly bills.
Clean your system regularly.
Clean your drains regularly, especially if you are noticing sluggish draining from your sinks or tub. This DIY measure will keep them in good order. You can use store bought cleaner, but beware of harmful chemicals. Heavy-duty drain cleaners should only be used in clogging emergencies or they can start to cause corrosion in your pipes.
If you have a septic tank, pump it regularly otherwise scum and sludge will build up and get carried to the septic field, clogging it. Get your septic tank pumped every 3 to 5 years and only by a licensed professional. Don’t wash or disinfect the tank after it has been pumped.
Do not plant trees or shrubs near your sewer drainage or septic system.
Intruding roots of nearby trees and shrubs can crack and break your sewer pipes, causing leaks and costly repairs. Don’t plant any trees or plants near your septic tank, septic field and sewer laterals. If you plan on digging to plant a tree, make sure you ‘Click Before You Dig’ . Alberta One Call will come out to your house, free of charge, and mark where all your utility lines are.
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