Dealing with drains that are frequently clogged or those that run slowly is annoying. If the problem is not addressed regularly with professional drain cleaning, the homeowners risk even more costly repairs, including cleanup from raw sewage backing up into the home and the possibility that they will need extensive drain line repairs or replacement. Homeowners who want to avoid this type of drain line issues can use the following helpful tips.
1. Be mindful of plants in the area
Plants, including bushes, trees, and vines that develop large, invasive root systems are a particular danger to drain lines. Because these plants are fast-growing, their root systems are constantly searching for water sources. Drain lines that have developed tiny cracks or leaks or those that form condensation on the pipe's surface quickly attract the roots of these plants.
Over time, the roots attach themselves to the pipe and begin worming their way into tiny fissures in the surface or into minute openings in the joints and seams. The nutrient-rich moisture they get from doing this causes the roots to grow and multiply rapidly, often invading and filling the interior of the pipe until a full-blown clog develops. Homeowners can avoid this by removing existing plants and trees from the area.
2. Protect the area from traffic or unsafe usage
Another cause of potential drain issues is when heavy traffic from vehicles is allowed to drive over the soil where the drain pipes are buried. As the weight of the vehicle compresses the soil, rocks and tree roots are pressed against the pipe, sometimes causing them to crack. Once a drain line becomes cracked or is crushed by the weight of a vehicle, the pipe will quickly become filled with soil, causing a complete drain line failure. Homeowners who want to avoid this type of potential problem should make sure that vehicles are not allowed to drive across that portion of the lawn. In addition, they will want to avoid placing heavy objects and structures in the area, such as swimming pools, concrete patios, and play equipment.
3. Invest in regular, routine cleaning and inspection
Being able to know that the interior of the drain line is clear and in good condition is the best defense for homeowners who want to avoid drain line problems. An excellent way to do this is to invest in an annual non-invasive cleaning and inspection process performed by a reputable residential drain cleaning service in your area. The skilled technicians will be able to use a remote-controlled camera to easily inspect the entire interior of the drain and determine if repairs or cleaning is needed to trouble-free operation.
To learn more, contact a company like Johnson Plumbing.