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What You Can Do to Keep Sewer System Replacement to a Minimum

Updated on April 5, 2017

For many people, talking or thinking about home plumbing problems is enough to cause mini panic attacks. After all, in addition to the stress and challenges for living they can create, the hit to the bank account can be significant – especially if the problem is not something minor like a clogged sink drain!

Fortunately, there are a variety of steps one can take to minimize the amount of sewer system problems and make the need for sewer system replacement less of a threat.

What You Can Do to Keep Your Sewer from Clogging

  1. Replace any old pipes – especially those made from clay or lead- with new ones. The pipes of yesteryear are more likely to collapse or corrode and cause significant damage and a serious hit to your finances.
  2. Never flush anything, even items like wipes that claim to be flushable, down the toilet that is not supposed to be there. All of these items – sanitary napkins, wipes, etc. will result in a clogged system that will often make sewer system replacement work a must.
  3. At least once a year, have a professional come out and run a rooter cleaning service to get rid of any debris that could cause a clog.
  4. Keep trees bushes, and other plants away from your home’s sewer lines as the roots will grow towards the lines and can cause them to crack or rupture.
  5. At least once a month, take time to clean your drains. There are a number of products and alternatives out there. However, it is recommended that you opt for those that work using enzymes rather than chemicals.
  6. Be sure to dispose of grease properly by pouring it into a can or jar then throwing it in the trash. Pouring liquid grease down the drain will result in it solidifying and causing a blockage.
  7. If you have a garbage disposal, be careful about what you put into it. You need to avoid large fibrous or tough foods into the disposal as they can cause damage or clogs. To prevent items from getting stuck, run cold water down the drain while running the disposal.

Taking care of your home’s plumbing system is a part of home ownership. These actions can help your sewer system work better and for longer without having emergency calls to the plumber. If you have additional questions about your homes plumbing system, be sure to talk to a local plumbing or sewer company and learn how you can do more to keep your home’s sanitation system in good working order.

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

Janet Slagell independently authors articles for WebDrafter, Inc. for search engine marketing. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those solely of the author, and not of any other person, company or organization. No guarantee or warranty, express or implied, is made regarding the accuracy, fitness, or use of the content herein.


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