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Strategies to Prevent Plumbing Emergencies Resulting from Clogged Sewer Lines

Plumbing emergencies are a part of life, and almost every homeowner will encounter a plumbing emergency at some point. The only difference is how each homeowner handles such emergencies when they arise. Smart homeowners know that it helps to act proactively when dealing with plumbing emergencies. Hence, they take steps to prevent plumbing emergencies from occurring. 

One plumbing issue outside the home that may force you to call for emergency plumbing service is a blocked main sewer line. Clogging in the sewer line may cause clogging of all your residential drains or flooding on your property. 

Here are some steps that homeowners can take to prevent clogging of their sewer lines.

Keep unacceptable waste out of the drains

All the wastewater that exits a home must pass through the main sewer line before it is finally directed out of the property. A big mistake many homeowners make is flushing the wrong (insoluble) items down their drains. When waste items like disposable baby nappies and feminine sanitary towels are flushed down the toilet, they may clog up the toilet drains as well as the sewer line. 

Nothing other than toilet paper and human excreta should be flushed down the toilet drains. Therefore, it is vital to ensure that only acceptable waste goes into your residential drains, as chances are high that the unwanted waste will cause your sewer line to clog up and even flood your property.

Clean the sewer line 

There's a common misconception that sewer line cleaning should only be carried out when a serious clogging problem has occurred. However, routine cleaning of all sewer lines is critical to ensuring that they keep flowing smoothly. Homeowners can choose to do the cleaning by themselves or enlist the services of a trusted sewer line cleaning company. Cleaning a sewer line usually involves jetting a stream of high-pressure water inside the sewer line to remove buildup that is starting to form on the walls of the piping. 

Chemical cleaning is also possible, but it is best performed by the pros. DIY homeowners who are not well-versed with which chemical cleaning products they should use should avoid this cleaning method. Otherwise, they may risk damaging their sewer lines.

By following the above-discussed preventative plumbing tips, virtually every homeowner can keep their sewer lines clog free. This will, in turn, reduce the need to call in a professional plumber to provide you with emergency plumbing service.