Sewer Cleaning FAQ's

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If you're like many property owners, you probably know little or nothing about your sewers and how often they should be cleaned. This FAQ is designed to answer some of your questions and help you keep your sewers properly maintained.

How often should you have your sewer cleaned?

The frequency with which you have your sewer cleaned will depend on the state of your sewer, the placement of trees in your yard, the type of materials you flush down your drains and the frequency with which your sewers have problems. Old sewer drains with many trees growing in the vicinity may need to be cleaned every year or two years. New sewers in new developments may not need a cleaning for many years. If you have never had a sewer cleaning or inspection done in your home, it's a good idea to have a certified and reputable plumber inspect your pipes. He or she will be able to tell you whether or not your sewers are in good condition.

What's the difference between hydro-jetting and snaking?

Hydro-jetting is a method of sewer cleaning that sends a strong (very strong) jet of water into the sewer. The force of the water clears the pipes of almost everything in its path. Snaking is the more traditional method for cleaning pipes. The sewer snake (also called an auger) is forced into the pipe, and the tip of the auger clears a pathway through the drains. 

Which type of cleaning is better?

There is no straightforward answer to this question. Snaking is the tried-and-true method for cleaning sewers--it's also gentler on sewer pipes. In older pipes, snaking may be the only method that is safe to use. By contrast, hydro-jetting is extremely efficient. Unlike snaking, hydro-jetting is powerful enough to clear tree roots and years of buildup lining the walls of the pipes. Hydro-jetting is fast, versatile, and strong enough for commercial and residential sewers alike. 

How will you pick the right type of cleaning for your sewer?

Your plumbing company will inspect your pipes and make a recommendation based on the age and condition of the sewers. 

How can you prevent your sewers from needing another cleaning in the future? 

Some sewer problems are inevitable and almost impossible to prevent. However, you can control the type of waste that you put down your drains. For example, never flush anything down the toilet that isn't human waste or toilet paper. Even so-called flushable products like adult wet wipes, kitty litter and tampons should not actually be flushed down your toilet. These products are not made to dissolve or biodegrade in pipes--or if they do biodegrade in pipes, they will not do it quickly enough. You can also prevent problems by limiting the types of waste that goes down your sink. Never put oil or grease down your garbage disposal. 

For more examples of ways that you can protect your sewer from becoming clogged, and for a thorough inspection or cleaning of your sewers, contact a reputable plumbing company in your area. For more information, contact a business such as Total Enviro Services Inc.

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