Keep your sewer lines flowing freely and your septic tank working optimally this spring by learning how to treat your drainage lines correctly.
#1 Clean Your Drain Lines
Over time, debris can build up in your sewer lines. You don't have to put harsh chemicals down your drains to clean them out, though. About once a week, put the drain stopper down in your sinks, shower, and tub. Fill these all the way full with steaming hot water. Once they are full, remove the drain stopper and let all that water rush through your pipes. The pressure caused by the buildup of all that hot water will help push out any debris that are clogging up your drain lines all the way through the main line and out into your septic tank.
#2 Install Strainers
Ideally, the only thing that you want to go down your sink is water. However, it is easy for small particles of food to make their way down your drain in your kitchen, and in your bathroom, it is easy for hair to get into your drains.
The easiest way to prevent this from occurring is to purchase strainers for all your drains. You can find strainers designed specifically for sinks, showers, and tubs at your local home improvement store. You will need to throw away the food and hair that these strainers prevent from going down your drain on a daily or semi-daily basis. However, this little extra step will save you from costly sewer repair.
#3 Stick with Natural Cleaners
Your septic tank is a carefully created ecosystem full of all the right bacteria to break down the water and sewage waste that flows into it. When you clean with harsh chemical cleaners, pour drain-cleaning products down the drain, or allow grease to go down your drain, you are throwing the ecosystem in your septic tank into chaos.
Instead, use natural products to clean your sink, tub, and shower. You can easily clean these things with baking soda. If you need a little more friction to get your sink or tub clean, you can add table salt to the baking soda mixture; this will provide you with more scrubbing power. You can also clean your drains using homemade drain cleaners that use baking soda, salt, cream of tartar, and boiling water to get the job done.
By implementing the three steps above this spring, you will help keep your drain lines and septic system in better shape. If you need help cleaning your drains, contact a company like Jarrach Cesspools.
After dealing with a debilitating sewage flood a few years back, I decided to turn my attention to the proper care and maintenance of our septic tank. We had never spent much time trying to keep things in good shape, but we didn't want to deal with another sewage problem. To make things right, we met with the septic tank professionals and talked about how to keep our system in good shape. We worked hard to check for problems, and we called in the professionals at the first sign of trouble. Ever since then, we haven't had any issues. This blog is all about keeping your plumbing on point.