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Keep Your Old Sewer Lines Clog Free With These Five Simple Tips

If you have an older home, one of the plumbing risks that you could run into is a clogged up sewer line. Here are a few tips that you can use to keep your old sewer line and septic tank clog free.

#1 Change Out Any Clay Pipes

The first thing that you should do is replace any clay pipes that are in your sewer systems. Clay pipes start to crumble as they get old and break down, destroying your sewer system in the process. It is very easy for roots to break into and destroy clay pipes. If you have any clay pipes in your system, you should have them replaced with stronger and more dependable materials, such as PVP pipes, that will not leak as easily and are much harder for roots to break into.

#2 Use Enzyme Cleaners On A Monthly Basis

The second thing you need to do is use enzyme cleaner on your pipes on a monthly basis. The enzyme cleaner will break up any biofilm that has built up in your pipes and will not damage or harm the carefully balanced eco-system inside of your pipes. They will help break-up any clogs that are inside of your drains, and if used on a regular basis, will prevent clogs from forming in the first place.

#3 Have Your Lines Cleaned Once A Year

Third, you should have the lines of your sewer system cleaned at least once a year by a professional plumber or sewer contractor. During a professional cleaning, any roots that have made their way into your sewer system will be broken up and removed, and any junk or bacteria that has built up inside of your pipes and is preventing the water from flowing as freely and smoothly as possible.

#4 Be Careful About What You Plant Near The Sewer Line

Fourth, you need to be careful about what you plant near your sewer lines and septic tank. Trees and shrubs tend to have deep roots that try to seek out as much moisture and water as possible to thrive. Don't plant any trees or shrubs near your sewer lines, and remove any that are too close to your sewer. Instead, plant grass and flowers that have short root systems that will not compromise your sewer system at all.

#5 Limit What Goes Down The Drain

Finally, limit what goes down your sewer lines. Ideally, only water and your body waste should go down your sewer lines. You should not put food, grease, cleaning products or anything other than toilet paper to go down your drain.

If you implement all the tips above, you should be able to avoid having to deal with a backed up sewer line in your old home.


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