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How to Prevent Clogged Sewer Lines This Winter

Heating problems aren’t the only issues you should worry about this winter; clogged sewers can also wreak havoc in your home. The roof replacement experts at Optima Home Inspections share some tips below on how to prevent your sewers from backing up. 

Signs Your Sewer Pipes are Clogged

Before your bathroom floods, there are usually warning signs that indicate a back-up is imminent, such as:

  • Gurgling noises every time water goes down the drains 
  • Slow-draining drains, sinks and tubs 
  • Foul odors emanating from the drains

What Can Cause Your Sewer Lines to Back Up?

Frozen sewer pipes are the most common cause of sewer lines backing up. Toward the end of winter, snow starts to melt, but the ground remains cold enough to freeze water. This causes dripping water to freeze and clog drain pipes. However, there are several other reasons, including: 

  • Broken pipes 
  • Improper sewage installation 
  • Tissues and other items flushed down the toilet 
  • Overgrown tree roots

Keep in mind that this list isn’t exhaustive. The only way to pinpoint the cause of a sewer back-up is to have a contractor conduct a comprehensive home inspection, which should cover the sewage system as well.

How to Prevent Clogs in Your Sewers

If you haven’t yet noticed any of the aforementioned signs of a pending back-up, your sewer pipes might still be in good working condition. Here are a few tips to make sure they stay that way: 

  • Avoid flushing items down your toilet
  • Dispose of grease properly, and avoid putting hard-to-grind items down the garbage disposal 
  • Make sure snow isn’t blocking your sewer vents

Still, these following these tips can only do so much. For one thing, they can’t address wider structural issues in your sewer system. If you want to prevent long-term issues with your sewer pipes, you need to have a professional inspect and winter-proof them. 

Optima Home Inspections, a top-rated contractor on HomeAdvisor.com, offers sewer inspection and energy audit services. To schedule a sewer line inspection, call us at (845) 849-1369 or leave us a message here

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