2 Methods to Help Keep Your Home's Sewer Line Free of Clogs

Posted on: 31 March 2017

Keeping the home's drains and waste water pipes flowing freely is important for many busy households. There are several reasons your home plumbing can become clogged; some of them require the services of a professional plumber, and others you can handle on your own. Here are two methods you can use to help keep your home's sewer lines clear of clogs.

Invading Tree Roots

Larger trees planted in your yard can cause problems with some types of older sewer lines when the tree roots begin growing inside the sewer line. Tree roots seek out moisture and nutrients inside the soil, and a small crack or unsealed pipe connection in your sewer line can allow tree roots to find their way inside the line. With all the moisture and nutrients in the sewer pipe, the tree roots grow quickly and fill the line, causing sewer backups and clogged drains. 

It is recommended to hire a professional plumber to snake your line to clear it of tree roots. Your plumber can also run a camera into your sewer line to make sure the sewer line is still intact and not collapsed. Once the sewer line has been cleared, the tree roots will grow back, but you don't need to kill the tree to remedy the tree root problem. Instead, you can use sodium chloride.

It is recommended to flush a handful of rock salt down your toilet every few weeks to keep them free of roots. Sodium chloride is absorbed by tree tree roots to kill them without harming the rest of the tree. To treat a large growth of tree roots, flush two pounds of rock salt down your toilet, one-half pound per flush, and allow it to sit overnight or for twelve hours. During the twelve hours, don't flush any toilets or rinse water into your sewer pipes in your home to give the sodium chloride time to soak into any surrounding tree roots to kill them.  

Hair-Clogged Drain

When a bathroom sink or bathtub drains slowly, it can be from a build-up of soap residue and hair. You can clean this by periodically treating it with a baking soda and vinegar mixture. First, pour a pot of boiling water down the slow drain. Next, pour one-half cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by one cup vinegar and one cup of hot water. Plug the drain with its stopper and let it sit for approximately ten minutes.

During this time, the baking soda, vinegar, and water mixture will bubble and break through the clog to loosen it. While the mixture is bubbling, boil another pot of water and pour this into the drain once it has come to a boil. This final boiling water flush will create pressure down through the pipe to push the clog through the drain.