Preventive Treatment for Clogged Sewer Lines

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Preventive Treatment for Clogged Sewer Lines

Inspect Sewer Lines

Call P&P Plumbing to have your sewer lines inspected on a regular basis for potential clogs or structure problems. We will use special equipment to thread through your sewer lines to clear potential tree roots and keep the walls of the pipes clear.


Plant Trees and Shrubs that are “sewer safe”

Having a good design for your landscaping and limiting the plant, shrubs and trees near your sewer lines is the best plan. Selecting trees and shrubs that are slow-growing and small roots are a good idea to help limit the possibility of root invasion.


Know Where your Sewer Lines are Located

“Call Before You Dig” – It’s a good idea to know where your lines are for cable, electricity, irrigation lines and city water lines are buried before you do any landscaping or planting. Knowing where to or not to plant a tree may be the difference in an expensive plumbing repair in the future. Contact your local utility or public works department who will provide free “line locate” services. Just call 811. If you’re building a new home work with the designers to ensure water and sewer lines are located where they can be accessed as easily as possible. Leaking water and sewer lines located under drive ways can lead to expensive repairs to locate and repair leaking water and sewer lines.


Create a Barrier Between Trees and Sewer Lines

Physical barriers of metal or wood buried 6-12” deeper than the pipe running next to the sewer lines can help stop roots from getting to the pipes. Slow-release chemicals such as copper sulfate and potassium hydroxide are commonly used in residential areas to help prevent the growth of roots.


Listen for Warning Signs

Drains will eventually clog but frequently clogs may be signs of larger problems. Watch for slow-flowing drains, overflows in your downstairs showers or toilets and listen for an unusual gurgling noise during toilet flushes.


References: Popular Mechanics - Home

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