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How to Prevent Problems with Your Home’s Sewer Lining

Updated on June 20, 2016

If you have ever stood in the shower or tub waiting – likely impatiently- for the water to finally go down the drain, or watched as the water pooled in the bottom of the sink, then you know how frustrating it can be to al with. Add in issues such as the occasional clogged dishwasher drain or toilet and you have even more stressful scenarios. These are definitely not situations that make us smile – however, there are actions you can take to minimize the aggravation – and often the costs- involved in seeing that the plumbing/sewer lines work properly.

In fact, with just same basic maintenance and preventative actions you can help keep high plumbing costs out of your bank statement. Keep the lining of your home’s sewer system cleaner and working properly by making the following actions part of your household actions.

  • If your sink is equipped with a garbage disposal, never put these items into it - potato skins, bones, eggshells, banana peels, fats or grease, unpopped popcorn kernels, onion skins, fruit pits or seeds, or string vegetables (celery, rhubarb, green beans).
  • Do you have hard water? If so, then consider swapping to a soft water system as hard water can cause mineral build-ups and eventually result in a slower working drain.
  • Contrary to what you may think, soap scum will build up in your pipes and not just on your shower walls. You can remove this build up by pouring ½ a cup of baking soda followed by 1 cup of vinegar down your assorted drains at least once a month.
  • Do you have people in your home with long hair? Then get a hair trap for your drain. This will prevent the hair from creating a clog.
  • Avoid flushing wipes and other hygiene products down the toilet. These items – despite what many of them claim- should not be sent down the sewer lines.
  • At least once a year, hire a professional to do a thorough sewer lining cleaning to ensure that there is no debris or clogs lurking in your system.
  • If you have an older home, consider having any old clay pipes replaced. These pipes typically corrode over time and will burst – usually at a time totally inconvenient for you.

Keeping sewer lines clean and preventing back-ups or clogs doesn’t have to be stressful. It is merely a matter of cognizant actions. However, if you still find yourself needing your home or business’ plumbing system repaired or replaced talk to a local plumbing company such as Genes Water and Sewer to learn how you can do your part to protect your home’s plumbing system.

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of sewer linings. One such site worth visiting is

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