Wise Homeowner: Simple Guide To Prevent A Sewer Drain Clog

6 January 2016
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You know just how important it is to take care of your drains and sewer line.  But, besides calling your plumber when there is an emergency, are there other things you can do to prevent issues? The following guide will teach you how to prevent a common sewer issue that could lead to a plumbing disaster if left untreated.

Preventing Sewage Clogs Naturally

Your sewer line can get clogged when it is flooded with items that do not dissolve easily in water, like unflushable wipes or paper. Or, it could be due to roots growing into the pipes. If you ever suspect that you have sewer clog, you should shut of the water at the source. You can make things easier by having your plumbing specialist confirm your suspicion with a camera inspection. They will also be able to tell you if the problem stems from another issue.

You can consider the following to prevent a clogged sewer:


Do not put the following items in your drains:

  • Baby wipes
  • Makeup removal wipes
  • Cat litter
  • Cigarettes
  • Toilet paper that doesn't dissolve (test the paper by submerging it in water for about an hour to make sure it dissolves)
  • Other items that non-organic

Dissolving Enzymes

Some of the items that could make their way into your sewage line can be dissolved before they cause a bigger problem. And you can do this naturally by using an enzyme cleaner or declogger. The enzyme decloggger contains bacteria that eat waste and dissolve it into something that your sewage system can easily get rid of. You can purchase an enzyme declogger from your local health food store, online, or you can make some on your own in the comfort of your house.

​Tree Service Specialist

Trees need fertilizer, as it contains several types of ingredients that are nutritious for them. Your sewage system is a buffet of nutrients for a tree, which makes your sewer line vulnerable. As briefly mentioned above, the tree may push roots towards your sewage line, which could pierce through given enough time. This means that your system can develop frequent clogs, leaks, or a total sewage spillage.

Your tree specialist may be able to control the growth of the roots around your system or remove the tree altogether. But, as you can see, there is a lot you can do to prevent a sewage disaster, and these simple tips you can do on your own.