Washed your hands recently?
Rinsed a dish?
Flushed the toilet?
With each of these every day tasks, you send water flowing from your sanitary sewer line into the Prince William County Service Authority sewer system, or if you have one, your septic tank. We’re all so used to water that flows freely without issue; we sometimes take it for granted, and flush or drain things we shouldn’t, and sometimes flushing or draining things we shouldn’t leads to a clog.
A little Drano, and a plunge, and all is well: Right? Maybe. But maybe not. What you see as a little clog could cause a big problem in your home, and ultimately even the countywide sewer. When you learn how to prevent sewer backups, you learn how to avoid costly plumbing repairs.
Take special care to protect sewer lines in older homes.
If your home is on the older side, pay careful attention to what I’ll say next: You have to take extra precautions to prevent clogs and backups because clay pipes are much more susceptible to penetration from creeping tree roots. It may be in your best interest to remove large trees from your yard, and employ proper landscaping techniques to prevent water damage.
Drain only what you should, and none of what you shouldn’t.
Think logically about this: If it will stick to the sides of your drain pipes, or is too bulky to pass easily, don’t put it down the drain. The most common items that cause drain clogs include:
- Coffee grounds
- Egg shells
- Animal fat
Flush only what you should, and none of what you shouldn’t.
Many people think their toilets are super-flushers, but they’re not. Only items that can easily pass through the pipes should be flushed, and those that will swell when wet, or are too large should not be flushed:
- Tampons & sanitary napkins
- Cleaning wipes
- Make-up remover towelettes
- Paper towels
- Mass amounts of toilet tissue
How can I tell if I have sewer damage?
If your sink and toilet are frequently clogged and backed up, you may have an issue with your sewer system. If you’ve found excessive water stains in the basement around the drain, or worse, flooding, you may have an issue with your sewer system.
Other signs of sewer line damage to be on the lookout for include:
- Gurgling drain noises as the sewer empties
- Odd or unpleasant odors in your home
- Raw sewage on your front lawn or around the yard
What should I do if I suspect I have sewer damage in Manassas?
Call My Plumber as soon as you discover a sewer or drain issue in your home. If left untended, you could be faced with more serious, and potentially long-term damage. My Plumber’s experienced sewer and plumbing professionals know exactly how to locate the source of your sewer problem, and fast.