Every plumbing fixture is connected to your main sewer line. Needless to say, damage to your sewer line will cause major problems in your home. Fortunately, many sewer line problems can be prevented or caught at an early stage if you know what to look out for.
Causes of Main Sewer Line Damage
Rust is relatively common in older pipes, and there’s not much you can do to slow down naturally occurring rust. However, you can contribute to the problem and speed up the rate of rust if you use chemical cleaners to unclog your drains. While they may seem like a quick fix, these chemicals will eat away at your plumbing’s lining.
2. Tree Roots
Because tree roots are attracted to water, they’ll seek out pipes during dry periods or droughts. If you’re thinking of planting new trees in your yard, be sure that they’re not being placed close to major pipes and that their roots grow shallow.
3. Flushing Anything but Waste
One of the most preventable, but common, problems we see is clogs formed by items that should never be thrown down the toilet — this includes diapers, women’s products, flushable wipes, floss, and cotton balls.
Under no circumstances should you pour grease down your kitchen drain. Grease may be a liquid when it’s hot, but the moment it cools it hardens and will quickly cause a blockage. Whenever you cook, pour excess grease into a container and leave it to cool in the refrigerator. Once cool, you can throw it out in the garbage.