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Become a Sewer System Savvy Drain Doctor

Become a Sewer System Savvy Drain Doctor By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

If there is one support system we neglect far too often, it is our household drain and sewer systems. Years of faithful service are quickly forgotten in the wake of a single clog. We only have ourselves to blame; regular drain cleaning can prevent most clogs altogether. Here's how.

Want to Be Sewer System Savvy? Know When to Call a Pro

If you aren't a regular drain cleaning whiz and have noticed things aren't moving like they used to, contact a sewer specialist. A professional drain cleaner will come into your home and perform a complete diagnostic, repair, and prevention system check. With the help of live video feeds, they will inspect the inside of your drains, following the pipes off of your property and into the municipal sewer main. This will indicate whether the slowdown is caused by a buildup inside the sewer pipes, or something more sinister.

What to Expect: Professional Drain Cleaning and Repair

State-of-the-art plumbing technicians are able to repair damaged pipes with little or no effect on your landscaping. They will likely recommend a power "flush" of the system, which will remove buildup inside the pipes. This is a very effective drain cleaning method using high-pressure hot water, and should restore your sewer system to like-new condition. To keep it that way, ask your plumber about the microbial drain cleaner. Most professionals recommend these safe, effective bacterial products.

Go With the Flow: Preventing Drain and Sewer Catastrophes

Don't want to hire a professional? Then do everything you can to prevent a major drain dilemma. Here's how:
  • Use minimal toilet tissue.
  • Do not flush products that are not specifically designed for it.
  • Keep the toilet cover down, especially with children or pets about.
  • Use drain traps in sinks and tubs to catch hair and debris.
  • Remove the shower drain cover monthly to remove trapped hair.
  • Do not pour grease down kitchen drains-pour it into an old milk carton and throw it away.

Following these simple steps and practicing monthly drain cleaning with an environmentally friendly microbial drain cleaning product should keep your sewer system running smoothly and smelling fresh indefinitely.

About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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