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Maintaining Your Sewage System

The sewage line may not be the most glamorous part of your home or commercial plumbing system but when it operates efficiently out of site it is one the key elements that bring comfort, efficiency, and safety to your living areas.

What Flows In Must Flow Out

The key to having a smooth running sewage system is to schedule or perform regular maintenance to make sure that the lines are clear and everything is draining in an efficient manner.

Homeowners can make things easier on themselves by doing a few simple things on a regular basis to keep their sewage systems running at a Grade-A level.

Here are a few helpful hints to get you headed in the right direction.

Backups and Overflows

The most common and visible problem that can happen to sewer systems is overflows and backups. More often than not it is due to a clog that blocks the flow of the sewage, which doesn’t allow the pipe to drain properly.

The most common cause in commercial situations such as restaurants is grease and oil. They harden and thicken inside the pipe over time restricting and cutting off the flow of sewage.

How do you prevent that? Stop flushing grease and oil down the drain. If you cook a lot of bacon at home make sure you don’t put it down the drain because eventually, it's going to catch up with you in the form of a blocked or slow drain.

Another common problem is the roots of tree’s and bushes, which grow into the sewer line over time. Roots are attracted to water. Sewer and water lines attract roots. If there is a tiny crack they will find it and enter the pipeline to get water.

When that happens it is time to call a professional like JSM Express Plumbing, which serves the greater Los Angeles area.

Prevention is key to solving and preventing the problem. It is as simple as trying to eliminate trees or bushes from growing around your sewer lines. That can be tough to do in an older neighborhood with mature foliage but if you are building a new house or working with a newer property it is easy to put together a landscape plan that doesn’t threaten the integrity of your sewer line down the road.

Prevention and Quick Fixes

Homeowners can reduce the risk of drain clogs by being careful what they put down the drains in the house. Don’t flush items like cotton swabs, gauze, tampons, maxi pads, diapers, paper towels and heavier materials because those materials aren’t designed to break down easily.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Try pouring one cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down your shower, tub, and kitchen drains once a month. This mixture will take away most of the buildup in your pipes.

Homeowners can often fix drain clogs themselves if the problem is confined to specific fixtures such as a sink drain or a toilet. However, when all drains are affected — or when you see warning signs, such as water going down one drain and backing up in another — that generally means the main drain is clogged. At that point you need to call a plumber like JMS Express Plumbing who specializes in clearing drains and sewer lines.