If you are worried about the drains in your Everett, WA, home this fall, there are a few things you can do to make sure they stay clear and don’t give you problems. Preventative maintenance is one of the best ways to make sure that your drains don’t back up during the holidays or colder months of the year.
- Having your sewer line checked and cleaned in the fall months will help you get rid of roots that can compact and break your sewer line. Root systems thrive when there is a leaky sewer pipe. If you notice greener spots in your yard, you may already have a leak in your main sewer line.
- If your drains clog regularly, make it a habit to flush your pipes every other week or once a month. Fill your tub and sinks full of hot water and then let the plug out. The weight from the water and heat forces clogs and buildup through your pipes.
- Staying away from chemicals is a good idea if you want your pipes to last a long time. Chemicals can break down your pipes and fixtures over time. When you have a weakened pipe, it can start to leak and cause more damage and costs than having your pipes cleared by a professional.
- A link catcher on the end of your washing machine hose allows only water to pass into your plumbing system.
- Remove your outdoor hoses from the faucets this fall. Keeping them hooked up will allow air and even bugs to get into your home to find warm air. Pests can clog your drains as well! Cover your outside faucets.
- If you use grease for cooking, store the used fat in a can or jar, so it doesn’t solidify in your pipes.