The main sewer line of your home is one that every single plumbing fixture in your home with a drain utilizes.
That means that the toilet, the dishwasher, the laundry room sink – and all other plumbing fixtures all send used water and waste to the same place.
As you can imagine, this is a lot of material for one pipe to manage and your main sewer line really takes a beating especially during the holidays.
During the holiday season, the average household hosts at least ten people – that means a lot more waste from the bathroom, food scraps from the kitchen, and used water from washing hands and grooming.
If something goes wrong with your main sewer line, your holidays will quickly be ruined as you will have a tremendous mess to clean up and trenchless repairs to make.
Here are a few ways that you can help to support your main sewer line and avoid a disaster this holiday season:
Don’t misuse the garbage disposal. This is an important appliance to keep running good – especially during the holiday season when you have extra guests and more meals to prepare. You want to make sure that your garbage disposal is up to the task by scraping the extra food materials into the garbage can and not into the sink.
Keep an empty can for animal fat. When you pour animal fat down the drain when it is hot and in liquid form, it seems innocent enough. However, once it is in the drain pipe the liquid grease will cool off and turn to a solid and that can cause serious clogs. The main problem with this scenario is that the congealed fat will trap particles from other foods and grow into a major clog
Add drain covers to your guest bathroom drains. The number one cause of clogs in the bathroom is a large volume of hair being rinsed down the drain. When the strands of hair collect in the drain pipes – they mix with soap residue and dry out to form large wads that will clog a drain pipe the same way a golf ball would. When you add drain covers to your bathroom drains, the strands of hair will be caught before they can get down the drain.
Protect your main sewer line this holiday season by following these tips to better manage the extra use.