How to Protect and Maintain Your Sewer System

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In one way or the other, we all experience blockage of our sewer system. This is as a result of water freely flowing into the sewer system. It is also caused when we don’t pay full and close attention to the sewer system. We are like anything is flushable. When we force some certain Items down the drain, we are destroying our sewer system. This article, therefore, is written specifically to teach us how to maintain the sewer line and drains anywhere we find ourselves be it at home or in the office. After going through this article, I can say we should handle certain conditions that might come our way. 

Tips to Maintaining Your Sewer System

Limit Food Down the Kitchen Drain Line

This tip is considered helpful for all kitchen drain lines. The food we tend to dispose of is often heavier than we thought and not suitable to go through the sewer system. When we force it in, this food causes blockage easily. When your food remains in the pot, rather than shoveling it down the sewer line, always make sure to scrape the food waste into a different trash can. Aside from just thrashing food waste, there is food that is not allowed to go down the kitchen drain line, and they include:

  • Fibrous Foods:  should not be allowed to go down the drains such as corn husks or potato peels. 
  • Fats, Oils and Grease:  Always make sure you separately dispose of this by allowing the fats to solidify before disposing of it.  
  • Eggshells: When eggshells are not properly disposed of, it causes the pipes to clog eventually. 
  • Starchy Foods: your rice, potatoes, and others should be disposed of separately to avoid damaging your drain system.

Properly Dispose of Non-food Items

Another fact to know to help prevent damaging the sewer system is not to allow non-food items like your hair, bands, cigarette butt, etc., to go down the toilet drains. When these items eventually go to the sewer system, they tend to gather and while at it, they form a blockage. Other items to watch for are wipes for both adults and babies, paper towels, sanitary pads and also avoid the use of thick toilet paper.

Use One-ply Toilet Paper

The type of toilet paper we use for our sewer system matters a lot. The highly recommended toilet paper to be used is one-ply toilet paper. This paper, when used, dissolves much faster than the common two-ply toilet paper. Come to think of it, the one-ply toilet paper is even less expensive. When we follow this instruction, we are simply reducing the risk of blocking our sewer system.

Flush The Plumbing System Properly

This procedure is not a permanent solution, but it is still helpful and comes at no extra cost. This is usually carried out by ensuring all water holding devices in the home are filled with cold water, and you drain the water afterwards. Also, not forgetting to flush the toilets when this is going on.

Maintain A High Pressure Flush

This is prevalent in low areas and also where a negative slope has been identified. Normally, waste from the toilet must slope at a specific point to carry waste to the sewer without causing a blockage. When the area’s slope is too level, it allows waste to gather, which causes the pipes to clogs. Nevertheless, considering the modern low flush toilet being constructed today, the plumbing system might not cause any problem. Still, it is best to consider the age of the sewer system to identify if the area suffers from a low-level slope. Also, make sure to carry out a thorough sewer system inspection before changing the sewage system.

Check Out for Roots

Many of us are guilty of this since we all like to have big and fancy trees around our home. This becomes a problem when we don’t pay enough attention to the roots. Some roots have a greater chance of going down the sewage line, thereby causing a blockage. Make sure to contact a professional who can help cut the roots to prevent them from blocking the sewer line.


From the above, living a healthy lifestyle contributes to how safe the sewer system will be by simply following the laid down instructions to avoid flushing down starchy food, eggshells and others. Also, note that after carrying out these safety tips, and we notice any blockage, it is best to seek professional assistance.

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