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Protect The Pipes: How To Care For Your Sewer Lines

If you haven't been taking care of your sewer lines, now's the time to get started on a good routine. If you're like most people, you might not think about your sewer lines until there's a problem. Clogged pipes, and sewage back-ups are sure to attract your attention. But, it's never a good idea to wait until there's an emergency, especially where your sewer lines are concerned. You'll spend more money repairing your sewer lines than you will by servicing them. If you want to avoid costly sewer line repairs, read the list provided below. Here are three steps to help you protect your pipes. 

Schedule Service

When it comes to protecting your sewer lines, the best thing you can do is schedule routine maintenance. There are two services that you need on an annual basis. First, you need to do a sewer line inspection. Routine inspections can catch minor issues before they develop into full-blown plumbing emergencies. Second, you need to have your sewer lines cleaned. Cleaning removes the dirt and debris that can cause clogs and odors. But, cleaning also removes scale build-up and roots. Both of these issues can cause serious damage inside the sewer lines. An annual sewer line cleaning reduces those risks. 

Flush the Pipes

If the plumbing in your house doesn't get much use, it's time to take action. Pipes need to be flushed out from time to time. Without use, your pipes could get clogged with debris. To avoid that, it's a good idea to flush your pipes a couple of times a month. This is especially important for the drains that don't get much use. First, place a stopper in all the drains, and fill the sinks with water. Next, pull the plugs so that the water rushes down the drains. Finally, flush your toilets. The quick flow of water will flush the sewer lines. 

Track the Flow

If you want to protect your sewer lines, pay attention to the flow. If you haven't been dealing with clogs, you might think your sewer lines are in good shape. That's not necessarily the case though. In most cases, your drains will display some tell-tale signs before the clogs develop. That's why you need to track the flow. If your drains get backed up or start making noises, call your plumber right away. Those are the tell-tale signs that indicate a problem in the sewer lines. 

For more information, contact a local company that can help with plumbing line services