Your home’s plumbing system drains into its sewer line, which runs across the property, underground, and feeds into the municipal sewer system. While the city of Houston, TX is responsible for the sewer system, each property owner is obligated to maintain the sewer line that connects their home to the city sewer. Sometimes the sewer line can become clogged. When that happens, the result can be a messy backup. A plumber from bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of West Houston can tackle your sewer line clogs and repairs, but preventing these clogs is ideal. Keep your sewer line clear with the following tips.
How Can You Keep Your Sewer Line Clear?
Like any drain of your home, the sewer line can become clogged. When it does, you need a skilled plumber to clear it. Yet, even though it’s not possible to prevent all sewer line blockages, property owners can prevent many clogs by following these professional plumber tips:
Install a Power-Flush Toilet
A power-flush toilet can help you flush your sewer line with every flush. These toilets rely on compressed air to send a powerful jet of water through the system. The flushing action pushes waste through the drain system effectively–and quickly. Quick action can help prevent waste from settling in the drain system where it can harden or become lodged.
Avoid Flushing Forbidden Items
There are various forbidden items that should never be flushed or introduced to the drain system but, somehow, frequently are. Your plumber will tell you to avoid allowing items such as these into your Houston, TX drain system:
- Paper towels
- Sanitary products (only toilet tissue should be flushed)
- Dental floss
- Cooking grease
- Oils and fats
- Diapers and baby wipes
- Food debris
These materials can get lodged in your sewer line or other drain pipes where they can build up and, eventually, lead to a clog. If you do experience a drain clog or sewer line blockage, you can rely on bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of West Houston.
Don’t Plant Trees or Shrubs Near Your Sewer Line
Tree roots are a common cause of sewer line blockages for residents of Houston, TX. Over time, pipes can develop tiny cracks and holes. Tree roots can infiltrate a sewer line through these tiny openings that often occur near the seams of pipes. After the roots get in, they will begin to absorb water and nutrients; they’ll also grow. As the roots grow, they can cause extremely stubborn blockages that will most certainly require the services of bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of West Houston. Sewer line blockages are best tackled by a skilled plumber.
Schedule Preventative Sewer Line Cleaning
If you’ve experienced a sewer line blockage before and the subsequent mess such a problem can create with its messy wastewater backup, you probably want to prevent that mess from happening again. Whether it’s typical debris buildup or tree roots that caused your sewer line clog, periodic sewer line cleaning can help you prevent a future clog. We can send an experienced plumber to your home to clean your sewer line, helping you prevent a blockage down the road.
How Does a Plumbing Professional Clear a Sewer Line Clog?
If your sewer line develops a blockage, you can call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of West Houston to contend with it. We will usually root the line using an electrical auger. Our augers can completely run the length of your sewer line to dislodge any materials that have caused the blockage. A skilled plumber has the know-how to clear sewer line clogs safely and without damaging your pipe.
If the cause of your sewer line blockage is tree roots, our plumber will attach a special root-cutting device onto the tip of the auger. The cutter will cut through the roots as it swirls through the sewer line. Once the roots are cut up, water can be used to flush them into the sewer system. Of course, it should be noted that once roots have gotten into the sewer line, it’s generally inevitable that they will grow back and cause a blockage in the future, which is why many property owners opt for annual sewer line cleaning.
What Happens If the Blockage Won’t Budge?
Sometimes an auger can’t solve a blockage. This is often because the pipe is damaged and the auger can’t pass through the collapsed section of the pipe. If we can’t clear the blockage, our plumbing technician can send an inline camera into the pipe to inspect the problem. The camera work allows us to locate where the problem is and what’s causing it.
Once we understand the nature of the problem, we can provide the ideal fix. Sewer line repair can be extensive. Sometimes our plumber can provide a trenchless repair. This is ideal as trenchless sewer line repairs are reliable and less expensive. However, if the pipe is brittle and too damaged for trenchless repairs to work, it will have to be dug up.
Digging up a sewer line is an invasive procedure. It can damage the landscape or lawn; however, a sewer line is a household necessity. Without it, your plumbing system can’t drain into the city’s sewer system. Typically, we need excavation equipment to access the pipe. Once we reach it, we can remove it and replace it.
Sewer line damage and clogs can be a messy problem to deal with. It makes sense to protect this line by keeping it clear and functioning optimally. Use the tips above to maintain your sewer line. If you should experience any problems, you can rely on our plumbing professionals for prompt service. Call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of West Houston at the first sign of a clog or wastewater backup.