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Keys to Drain and Sewer Maintenance

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Running water is an essential part of daily life; losing the supply of fresh water to your home is an emergency that calls for immediate professional plumbing repair. However, of equal importance to bringing the water into your home is the drain and sewer system that takes wastewater out from it. It’s vital that you maintain your drains and sewage system to avoid problems that can cause clogging around your home and possibly damaging flooding.

Here are a few key ways to keep your drains and sewer line in good shape so you can avoid serious trouble. Should you need repair or plumbing installation in Olympia, WA, call Brooks Plumbing for the professionals who can take care of the job.

How to take care of your home’s drains and sewer line

One of the first things you need to be aware of is that the drains in your home are not garbage disposals: you need to keep waste products that normally go into the trash out of your drains. It’s a wise idea to have drain covers to help prevent unwanted debris from going down the drains. This is especially important for bathroom sinks and showers, which often collect excessive hair.

And even your garbage disposal shouldn’t receive anything in it tougher than chewable food: as a good rule of thumb, if your teeth can’t chew it, your garbage disposal can’t either… so put it in the trash instead.

Although liquid fat, oil, and grease may at first seem harmless for drains, this liquid transform into waxy solids when they dry and will afflict pipes throughout your home with buildup that will not only lead to frequent clogging, but will endanger all your plumbing with increased water pressure.

The sewer line itself needs prompt repair should you notice anything wrong with it, such as sewage smells from the lawn or bad smells from numerous drains. You can’t do repairs to the sewer line yourself—it’s buried in a trench that runs to the center of the street—but you can act on it fast for professional repairs.

It’s also possible that your sewer line or drain system needs replacement; if you have an older home, the plumbing may be made of outdated material prone to corrosion. A corroded sewer line is the most frequent cause of catastrophic breaks. If you begin to notice constant issues with the drains in your home, you may need to have a new system of pipes installed.

Finally, annual maintenance is the best way to make sure you identify these potential problems before they become problems. Plumbers can inspect your pipes for damages and use special video inspection systems to find difficult to diagnose issues.

Call Brooks Plumbing today to schedule drain and sewer maintenance. We can help you determine if you need new plumbing installation in Olympia, WA.

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