The plumbing system is one of the most essential and sensitive areas in any building. Whether it’s a commercial or residential building, any indoor habitat requires an elaborate water supply and waste disposal system. Many people do not like exploring, inspecting, maintaining, or even knowing their home sewer system. In fact, toilet cleaning chores are usually considered unworthy and demeaning — they are even served as punishments in some settings. This negativity towards one of the most critical sections in a plumbing system is very disturbing and superficial.

The sewer system forms the third and last section of the home plumbing system. There is the “inlet/inflow” section (water supply), the in-house water distribution system (water dispensing and storage), and the “outlet/outflow” section (drainage and sewer system). Like all the other sections, the sewer system deserves proper care and maintenance.  If neglected, the drainage system can develop a myriad of problems including drain clogs, sewer line bursts, and sewer backups.  Sewer system troubles are some of the messiest and most disgusting and inconvenient plumbing problems in any home or office building — they can also be very costly to fix, especially if not fixed immediately.  Luckily, you can maintain a wholesome home sewer system by adopting the following care tips; thereby avoiding all the aforementioned plumbing issues plus more.

 

Regular Inspection And Repair

 

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This is perhaps the most elementary systems’ care tip in the whole world. All systems require regular inspection to ensure that everything is in good condition and running smoothly. In a sewer system, some of the most functional components are the drainage pipes and the sewer lines. Generally, drainage pipes are the pipes that carry waste water from the house into the sewer lines, which in turn transport and deposit this waste into either a private or municipal sewer/septic tank. Drainage pipes and sewer lines are susceptible to all types of damages and problems, with the most common being clogging. Typically, sewer pipes get clogged due to internal blockages caused either by trapped debris due to accumulation of undissolved waste, broken/damaged pipes that are either too old or root-invaded, or septic backup due to sewer tank fill up. You can avoid all these problems by inspecting all these components regularly. To inspect underground sewer pipes, consult any professional plumber in Alexandria who offers sewer line camera inspection services. If you discover any problems or any damaged pipes, hire a reliable plumber to repair or replace the broken sewer lines as soon as possible.

 

Good Waste Disposal Habits

 

One of the most frustrating causes of sewer system problems is bad waste disposal habits. Shockingly, many people do not know or care about the functional differences of a sewage system and a garbage disposal system. Instead of using the garbage disposal system, people usually throw all types of waste, such as sanitary napkins, paper wrappings, diapers and other hygiene products, into the toilet and then try to flush it down. Inform and educate everyone in your household — big and small — that they should only use the toilet to flush waste water, human waste and toilet paper.

 

Proper Drain Cleaning And Maintenance

 

This is a simple, yet very effective, routine sewer system maintenance activity. Ensure that you clean the drain pipes at least once a month. A word of caution, always use enzyme drain cleaners instead of chemical-based commercial cleaners in order to protect your plumbing system, the environment, and even yourself. Essentially, enzyme drain cleaners are eco-friendly, healthy and safe for everyone, while the commercial, over-the-counter alternatives are highly reactive and dangerous.