Don’t Wait for a Mainline Blockage
If you have a clogged sewer line every year or two, don’t just keep getting it cleaned. Most sewer service companies will ‘scope’ the line to see what’s causing the problem. That entails sending a remote camera down the line for a visual inspection.
The recurring issue could be tree roots entering through clay tile joints, a partially collapsed pipe or even rotted-out cast iron that allows soil to fall into the line and create a blockage. It’s worth paying to find out the cause and get it fixed rather than hassling with frequent sewer backups and sewer-cleaning bills.
Install a Lint Catcher on Your Washing Machine Hose
If the drain for your washing machine hasn’t ever backed up, you’re lucky. Lint, bits of fabric, facial tissue and even the occasional sock can sneak through your washer’s drain hose and cause trouble in your drain.
To keep this stuff from plugging your drain, put a lint trap on the end of the drain hose. You can buy mesh lint traps for your washer’s discharge hose at home centers and hardware stores, or you can simply use an old nylon stocking. Use a zip tie to hold the lint trap in place. Keep an eye on the trap and replace it when it’s full. For extra insurance, buy a Lint Trapper by Sioux Chief (shown above). This reusable cone-shaped trap snaps into your laundry tub drain hole. It’s available online and at some home centers and hardware stores. Washer not draining? Try this quick fix!
Put Bacteria to Work
Whether it’s hair, grease or food, some sort of organic matter causes most drain clogs. Fortunately, there’s a type of bacteria that breaks down organic matter in your drains. Add the bacteria to your drains and it will consume organic matter which helps prevent clogs. You can buy drain-cleaning bacteria in granular or liquid form.
Bacterial drain cleaner is noncorrosive so it won’t harm pipes, and the bacteria won’t interfere with the bacteria in your septic system. Follow the instructions on the package. Add the bacteria when drains won’t be used, like right before everybody goes to bed, to allow it time to work. Drain and trap cleaner is available at home centers and hardware stores. A package should last several months, depending on how many drains you treat. Tough clog? Don’t give up!