Three Common Ways To Clog Your Lateral Sewer Line

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If you live in the city, you probably have a sewer line running from your home or business to the main sewer line out in the street. This is called your side sewer or lateral sewer line, and the city probably won't take care of it if you get this line clogged up. So any problems you create (or magnify) with your drain-use habits could end up costing you a lot of money. Here are three activities that could clog your lateral sewer line and necessitate an expensive visit from sewer specialists.

1. Pouring fat and grease down the drain

Although it's one of the most well-known ways to clog a drain, this still happens far too often. You should always allow grease to solidify first and then scrape it into the trash, rather than pouring it into the drain (make no mistake, it will solidify there as well). To further minimize the amount of grease you get in the drain, use a rubber spatula when scraping grease into the trash, reducing the amount that's left over in the dish when you wash it out later. 

2. Overuse of the kitchen disposal

You shouldn't use (or even have) a kitchen disposal if you have a septic tank, but even in the city with a sewer line, you can cause problems if you don't stay within the parameters of safe disposal use. This includes only putting small bits of food into the disposal, avoiding anything with a fibrous or stringy component (such as pineapple parings, eggshells, corn husks, and so on), and avoiding putting greasy foods into the disposal. Straying from these guidelines puts you at risk of either a sewer clog or a drain clog, as well as putting the mechanism itself into jeopardy.

3. Flushing things down the toilet

Of course, the toilet is literally designed to have things flushed down it. But that only extends to human waste and toilet tissue; anything else is, once again, outside the safe parameters that it was designed for. Not only can you have toilet problems if you try to flush things like baby diapers or cotton swabs and tampon applicators, but you can also put yourself at risk for drain or sewer clogs that can cause inconvenience, water damage, and high repair bills.

These are just three risk-taking behaviors that can clog your lateral sewer line. As you may have noticed, they all also put you at risk of a clog in your drains. A sewer clog, though, can be even more severe because it can easily cause a sewer backup that can flood your home with unsanitary water, necessitating not only sewer repairs but also water damage repairs. For more information, contact a company like Aurora Plumbing and Electric Supply, Inc.

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