A blocked sewer is a discomfort that everybody wants to avoid. Sewer lines play a crucial role in carrying away the dirt and mess away from home. A blocked or failed sewer causes a mess and foul odor that can ruin your home environment.
It is always better to prevent a blocked sewer from occurring than to fix or repair them. The following section helps you with preventive measures to sewer blockage and how to fix them.
1. Educate your family members.
Your family should aware of what should and what should not go down the toilet. It is very important for them to know that except for human waste and toilet paper, no other items should be allowed down the toilet.
Items such as wipes and paper towel and sanitary items are not designed to be flushed into a toilet. They do not disintegrate and cause blocked sewer lines when they are flushed. The flushable wipes take a long time to break and block the sewer pipes.
2. Supervise small children.
You need to be vigilant and supervise small children when they are using the bathroom. Children find it difficult to follow the rules about what to throw and what not to throw into a toilet. You can manually remove any objects that slip or falls into the toilet while wearing gloves.
3. Check your kitchen drain.
Solid objects and waste should be prevented from going down the kitchen drain. You should never tip cooking oil, sauce, dips, vegetable waste into the kitchen drain.
These wastes need to be put in household waste in a suitable container. The oil can form balls of accumulated fat called fatbergs. The fatbergs mix with items such as baby wipes and accumulate to block the sewer pipes over a period of time.
4. Use plug screens.
This prevents solid and unwanted items from slipping into the kitchen sink and shower drains. You can use the plug screens in the showers and bathroom sinks to prevent hair slipping into the plug. Hair can cause severe blocked drains when it builds up and mixes with oil and grease.
5. Identify the first signs of blockage.
A blocked sewer can happen in spite of your best efforts to prevent it. The two major sewer blocks that cannot be prevented are caused by the breaking of old pipes or the growth of tree roots in the pipe.
You can detect this type of blockage from the following signs described below.
a. Foul smell from the drains.
b. Slow draining of water than usual speed.
c. Abnormal sounds of gurgling when you flush the toilet.
d. A higher or lower water level in the toilet.
When you notice these signs, you need to act immediately to prevent further damage from the sewer blockage. You need to call the emergency plumbing service to resolve the situation quickly. The plumbing team has all the needed tools and experience to drain clearing and drain cleaning quickly and easily. Sometimes a less invasive solution such as pipe relining could resolve your problem.