No one ever wants to face a sewage backup in their home. However, most homeowners are also not very careful about taking good care of their home’s drains and sewer lines. In fact, most have no idea that they even have a sewer line on their property. But with a few simple pointers and tips, you can avoid raw sewage backups in your home and know that you will never need to worry about spending hours decontaminating your bathroom.
It’s a Tough Job, Even For A Drain Line
When you think about your home’s drain lines, the job sounds pretty easy. They simply carry the water from all of your sinks, showers, and tubs out to the city sewer system. But what you are not taking into account is that those drain lines are also connected to the drains that empty our home’s toilets. And that is where most of the trouble begins.
What Can You Flush?
The simple answer is that you should only ever flush human waste and toilet paper. That means that Goldie The Fish should not be laid to rest there, nor should used bandages, dental floss, cotton swabs, or wads of hair. All of these items are going to create nasty clogs that will result in raw sewage in your home.
Another Few Words About Toilet Paper
We all take toilet paper for granted. It gets tossed into trees and wrapped around cars as part of millions of teenaged pranks each year. But what most people don’t know is that this modern marvel is a one-of-a-kind product. There is no substitute for toilet paper. And knowing that, you should understand that no other paper product should ever be flushed down the toilet.
Toilet paper’s gift to humanity is that it begins to disintegrate as soon as it hits the water. Most paper will absorb the water and form a pliable clump that will clog the drain pipe. But not TP. It breaks down and is easy to flush away to the city sewer system. Napkins, paper towels, tissues, and all other paper will result in a clog that will require a professional plumber’s services. Never flush anything but toilet paper, and you will significantly decrease your chances of ever experiencing a flood of sewage in your home.
Other Reasons For A Drain Clog
The other common reason for a drain clog is food crammed down a garbage disposal. This piece of equipment is only meant to grind up the bits of food waste rinsed from dishes and cookware. So when you dump a handful of unwanted veggies or some eggshells into the grinder, it creates a clog. Instead, place all food waste, peels, and debris in the trashcan to avoid a backed-up sink and drain clog.
The Final Nemesis
Grease is the one material that can do the most damage to your drains over time. The liquid starts down the drain but begins to solidify along the inside of the drain pipe. As it continues to cool and harden, it becomes sticky. That rancid grease is the awful odor you smell emanating from your drains. It is also the residue that snags all of the other debris that should never find its way into your home’s drains. And when it does, the clogs begin to form. So never pour grease down the drain to avoid some costly and stinky clogs.
At the first sign of drain trouble, call (505) 308-2776. The licensed plumbers from All-Out Plumbing & Mechanical will arrive quickly to remove any clogs and clean your home’s entire drain system with nothing but pure high-pressure water.