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Your sewer system is being put to work each time you flush the toilet, use the washing machine, run your dishwasher, run your garbage disposal, or even when you wash your hands. Given that your sewer system is often working hard, a small clog could lead to a number of different issues in your home.
Most Ottawa homeowners do not fully comprehend how important their sewer lines are until they have a problem with them. Over time, your sewer lines can become obstructed, collapse, crack, or deteriorate. These tips are going to help you prevent sewer backups.
Tip #1 – Check Your Yard For Soggy Spots In The Grass
If your ground is softer than usual but it has not rained in a few days, it could be one of the prime indicators that you have a leak in the water line. If that is the case, you should certainly have one of the local plumbing professionals come have a look.
Tip #2 – Install A Backwater Prevention Valve
You can prevent sewer backup by having this fixture installed on the sewer line in the basement. This ensures that sewage is able to leave your home but unable to get back in. Careful installation is essential in this particular situation.
Tip #3 – Consider Replacing Metal Or Clay Sewer Lines
Your sewer lines can easily become infiltrated by tree roots and rocks. If that does happen, it is a good idea to replace those old, frail lines with PVC or newer plastic pipes. Not only are these stronger, they are often wider too.
Tip #4 – Watch What You Put Down Your Drains
Some people assume that they are able to put anything down their drains; pasta, potatoes and rice, fibrous vegetables such as onion peels, lettuce or celery, sauces, cooking oils, and grease. Some people also add eggshells and coffee grounds. Not only can these cause foul odors, but they are dangerous to put down your drain. If you are not sure whether something can go down the drain safely, throw it into the garbage can instead.
Calling For Professional Help With A Sewer Backup
If you think that you have a sewer line issue (or even think that you might), it is important that you call the licensed professionals help you out. Call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Ottawa to help you with a quick camera line inspection that allows professionals to determine what type of repairs are needed.