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DIY Sewer Cleaning Tips

Often overlooked by property owners, the sewer line plays a critical role in maintaining a hygienic and functional property. Contrary to popular belief, the responsibility for the lateral sewer line falls on the property owner, not the municipality. In this brief guide brought to you by Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we will explore both proactive and reactive do-it-yourself sewer cleaning tips to help you take charge of this crucial aspect of property management.

If you’d rather hire an experienced plumber to handle the sewer cleaning, then call Rooter Hero Plumbing to speak with a friendly member of our team. We are happy to schedule a convenient appointment or arrange urgent sewer line repair today.

Getting Ahead of the Curve

One of the most effective ways to prevent sewer line issues is to be mindful of what you flush or wash down your drains. Avoid disposing of grease, large food particles, sanitary products, and other non-biodegradable items. These can accumulate and create blockages in your sewer line over time. Do NOT flush anything other than toilet paper and human waste.

Tree roots are a common culprit for sewer line damage. Proactively manage trees on your property by planting them away from sewer lines and using root barriers to discourage invasive growth. If you have existing trees, monitor and address root intrusion promptly to prevent further damage.

Schedule routine inspections of your sewer line to catch potential issues before they escalate. A sewer inspection camera can be a valuable tool in identifying any signs of deterioration, root intrusion, or blockages. Early detection allows for timely intervention and prevents minor issues from turning into major problems.

Clogged Sewer Line? Try These

If the damage is done and you experience signs of a blockage in MULTIPLE drains and toilets, then it’s time to tackle the issue head on.

We advise against harsh chemical cleaners. Enzyme-based sewer cleaners, however, can be effective in breaking down organic matter, grease, and other buildup in your sewer line. Regularly using these cleaners as part of your maintenance routine can help prevent blockages and maintain optimal flow.

If you don’t have access to cleaners, then consider a mix of baking soda and vinegar. Create a natural and eco-friendly solution by pouring a mixture of baking soda and vinegar down your drains. Allow it to sit for a few hours before flushing with hot water. This can help break down debris and maintain the cleanliness of your sewer line.

A bucket or bowl of hot water on its own can also help break apart minor buildup and scum in the lines. Make sure not to bring the water to a boil, as boiling hot water can damage plumbing fixtures and drains.

Schedule Professional Sewer Line Cleaning

For long-lasting and thorough results, call in the professionals. At Rooter Hero, we use hydro-jetting technology to scour away gunk and muck. We also use video technology to pinpoint blockages and inspect the sewer line for damage. For top-tier plumbing service, call the time-tested plumbers at Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air.

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