Sewer lines aren’t meant to be seen, and most people don’t want to see them anyway. However, this makes it difficult to detect leaks, blockages and other sewer line issues until they’ve already caused significant damage. Here are some preventative maintenance tips for homeowners to keep sewer lines from becoming big problems.
Have Your Drains Cleaned
It’s tempting to skip a visit from the plumber by buying a drain cleaner when you have a clogged drain, but that can do more harm than good. They’re also incredibly dangerous to use, potentially causing chemical burns and respiratory issues. Instead of heading to the store, schedule a drain cleaning if your water is draining slowly, and allow a professional plumber to handle the sewer line clog.
Don’t Let Trees Get In the Way
Tall, old trees look beautiful in a yard, but their roots can wreak havoc on your sewer lines by forcing their way through cracks and growing inside. Don’t let trees grow near pipes around your house, and have them removed if they already have.
Look For Warning Signs Under the Sink
The pipes under your sink can be a good indicator of the state of the rest of your pipes. Plumbers generally look under the sink to do a quick check for leaks and cracks, and you can do the same. All you have to do is open your cabinet and inspect the area for leaks or signs of water damage.
Check the Pipes For Cracks
Especially if you already suspect a problem, checking under the sink isn’t always enough. If you’ve recently moved into a new home or are unsure of the state of your sewer lines, a plumber can check for cracks in your home’s pipes. This will save you from a future disaster by locating potential problems before they cause damage.
Water Pressure Tests
While great water pressure is the key to the perfect shower, there is such a thing as too much water pressure. To prevent water pressure from wearing down your pipes, have a plumber check it.