Did you know that washing food, oil, and grease down your drains can lead to expensive and messy sewer backups? Many people think that once food goes down the drain it magically disappears. Food and grease actually harden in sewer pipes. They can cause serious problems that can lead to unpleasant cleanups and costly repairs that can be easily avoided by taking some simple steps. By implementing the steps below, you can avoid these problematic consequences.
The buildup of fat oils and grease is the number 1 cause of backups. To prevent this, scrape all food and other organic debris into the trash before washing. Ideally, only soap and water should go down the drain. It helps to put a strainer into the sink drain and to dispense the solids into the trash.
Avoid depending on a garbage disposal or grease-cutting detergent to get rid of food and grease. It will eventually solidify further down the pipe. Ground p food will also build up and form clogs. After cooking, wipe the pan with a paper towel to collect food and grease and dispose of it in the trash. You can use a milk carton or coffee tin to dispose of used fat and oil.
Other clogging culprits include towels, floss, feminine hygiene products, and disposable wipes. PLEASE throw flushable wipes into the trash; even though they claim they are safe, they can still cause problems for your sewer.
The invasion of roots into sewer pipes is another big problem. To prevent this, plant trees and shrubs away from your sewer pipes. Consider having your sewer pipe cleaned out each year by a local professional plumber.
It is important to realize you are most capable of maintaining the sewer pipe from your home all the way to the sewer main. By following the tips above, you can avoid messy sewer backups and costly repairs. If life happens, which it does to everyone, you can give our team of dedicated plumbing professionals at Doctor Drips a call today at (615) 227-2811 today.