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How to Prevent a Blocked Sewer

If you’ve owned a home for more than a few years, chances are you’ve dealt with a blocked drain or toilet of two.  Hopefully nothing worse than that.

But if you stay there long enough, that “something worse” can happen at any time. We’re talking about a blocked underground sewer line, the kind of drain blockage that’s more difficult diagnose and treat.

Today, our focus is on prevention. It’s the best way we know of to stop keep sewer problems far, far away.

Keep them Clean

When you think of cleaning house, do you include household drains in your plans?  Most people don’t. And yet keeping them clean and clear of debris is just as important to your family’s health and indoor comfort as making sure your kitchen counters are wiped down and the toilet is scrubbed. One way to help prevent a sewer blockage is with a regular dosage of Bio-Clean, an organic drain cleaner that want corrode your pipes or harm the environment.  You can obtain a supply of Bio-Clean from us.

Keep Trees and Bushes Out of the Way

When trees and shrubs are planted too closely to underground sewer lines, their roots can penetrate through sewer pipe cracks or gaps where pipes are connected. When that happens, the problem goes undetected for too long, your sewer can clog up completely, allowing nothing to pass through.

Avoid Flushing Wipes and Other Hygiene Products

The only thing that should ever be flushed down the toilet aside from human waste is toilet paper. Sanitary napkins and other hygiene products can clog pipes and lead to more serious plumbing problems.

Common Blocked Sewer Warning Signs

What if you already have a clogged underground sewer line – how would you know?   Here are few common warning signs:

  • Your toilets start percolating once your washing machine stops.
  • Multiple drains (or toilets) are clogged at the same time.
  • Water backs up in your tub or shower when you flush a toilet.
  • Your toilet water bubbles while you run water in a nearby sink.
  • One small area of your lawn is wet and spongy while the rest is dry.

If you notice any signs of a blocked drain or sewer and you’re not able to resolve the problem on your own, contact Swan’s Complete Plumbing for the professional assistance you need.  At Swan’s, we guarantee your complete satisfaction.