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What You Can Do to Prevent Sewer Repairs

sunny-plumbersOne of the last things that any homeowner wants to think about is a damaged sewer line. The sewer line is a part of your plumbing system that you have most likely developed an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality about. We understand that. Given its sole function of removing waste and wastewater from your property, it goes without saying that a sewer line is not really a glamorous part of your home. It is a necessary one, though.

So, while your sewer line may well be out of sight, it really should not be kept completely out of mind. Problems can develop with your sewer line, and no, not all of them can be avoided entirely. That being said, there are a few ways in which you can avoid the need for sewer repair in Phoenix. Contact The Sunny Plumber Phoenix the moment that you suspect there is a problem with your sewer line. We’ll figure out what’s wrong and have it fixed up as soon as possible. 

Flush Toilet Paper Only

Have you ever been in a public bathroom and seen signs about depositing toilet paper only down the toilet? If so, and you’ve ever scoffed at such signage, you really should take that request seriously. Not only that, but you should be sure to implement the same policy in your home!

There are a lot of products that claim to be biodegradable and safe to flush. We know this first hand, because we have had to remove them from many a clogged sewer line. We’ve also seen them among the other waste in sewer backups. Never flush something like baby wipes because it says it’s safe to do so on the package. It’s a nice selling point, but one that is very suspect in our eyes.

Carefully Consider Tree Placement

Do you know where the sewer line on your property runs? If not, then you should figure it out before you do any major landscaping projects. One of the most common causes of problems with sewer lines is the infiltration of tree roots. They’re going to seek out water and nutrients, and they’ll break into your sewer line if that’s where they find them.

The best thing to do is to keep trees and bushes away from the sewer line altogether. If that is really going to be an issue, then you should at least be sure to plant trees with slow-growing root systems. As they mature, you may need to relocate them and replace them with younger saplings. It’s a lot of work, but it beats the alternative of discovering a sewer leak in your yard!

Play It Safe

The best bit of advice that we can give you is simply to give us a call if you suspect that there may be trouble brewing with your sewer line. Sewage odors in your home or around your property, frequent issues with clogged drains, etc. The sooner that any such problems are resolved, the more contained any damage to your sewer line will be.

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