Sewer pipes run from all the appliances in your home, taking the waste water and products outside of your home, under your yard, and into the main sewer pipe. The join with the sewer pipe is normally at the edge of your property and you are responsible for all the pipes up to this join. You probably don’t need to be told that it can be expensive to dig up your yard just to replace or repair a sewer pipe. While this may sometimes be inevitable, there are a few simple tricks you can use to help extend the life of your pipes.
Invest In A Camera
There are some great cameras on the market. You simply need to find a good sewer camera for sale and learn how to use it. In essence, this means turning it on and inserting the camera into your drains. Then, you can watch the screen to see what condition the inside of your pipes is in. This will help you to find a blockage and, after clearing it, verify it has all gone. It can also help you to locate issues, such as damaged pipes and deal with them before they become too serious.
Consider What You Flush
There are only three things that should go into your pipes, wastewater, (which can include soap products), human waste, and toilet paper. Anything else should go into the bin. Wet wipes and sanitary products are particularly concerning as they can quickly cause a blockage in your pipes. Not only can this be difficult and messy to clear, but it also increases the pressure on the pipes and the likelihood of developing a crack or breakage.
Add a bin to your bathroom to ensure nothing that shouldn’t goes down the toilet. This extends to food waste as well. Ideally, no food waste should go down the drain but grease is particularly concerning. It is generally put down the drain hot, as a liquid. But, it will cool in the pipes, solidifying and potentially causing a blockage.
Watch The Cleaners
Drain cleaners can seem like a good idea, they remove clogs and help to keep the inside of your pipes clean. However, they can also shorten the life of your pipes. Naturally, cleaners are generally acceptable. But, any cleaner that contains chemicals is likely to damage the inside of the pipes. They effectively eat the pipe from the inside and, over time, will create a hole. That’s a repair you probably don’t want to deal with.
Deal With Issues Straight Away
If your appliances start to drain more slowly than usual then you need to look at what is causing it straight away. If you leave it the problem will get worse and increase the pressure on your pipes, shortening their life. Instead, check, clean, and repair any issue as quickly as you can. If you’re not confident doing it then get a specialist to check and deal with any issue. Your pipes and your wallet will thank you for it.