If you're going to be having your sewer lines repaired, you want to make sure that you can avoid a repeat of the issue that caused the problem in the first place. You also want to take steps to avoid other problems with your sewer lines. Sewer line repairs can be costly endeavors. The last thing you want is to pay for those same repairs later on down the road. Luckily, there are steps you can take to protect your drain pipes from future damage. Three of those steps are described below.
Know Where Your Sewer Lines Are
When it comes to protecting your sewer lines, the most important thing you can do is identify their location in the yard. Knowing where the sewer lines are located will help you avoid them during landscaping projects. This is particularly important when tackling projects that will require deep holes or trenches. You don't want your construction crew to dig down with their backhoe and punch a hole right through your sewer lines.
Watch What You Send Down the Drains
If you want to protect your sewer lines, and avoid costly repairs, be sure to watch what you send down the drains. Things like baby wipes, tampons, and sanitary napkins, can build up inside the drains and cause serious problems. When you add things like rice, grease and noodles, you've got a recipe for disaster right inside your sewer lines. The baby wipes, tampons and sanitary napkins can get stuck inside the sewer line, where it will mix with the rice, grease and noodles. The noodles and rice will expand, mixing with the other items. As the mess expands, it will burst right through your sewer line, leaving you with a mess to clean up and damage to repair. Protect your sewer lines by watching what you send down the drains.
Keep Your Cars Out of the Yard
You may think that since you know where your main sewer line is that it's safe to park your car in the yard. However, that's not actually true. You might not realize this, but you have water lines running throughout your yard. If you're not sure where all those lines are located, you're best to keep your cars out of the yard.
Don't get stuck with another sewer line problem. The information provided above will help you protect your sewer lines and reduce your need for future drain repairs and sewer line replacements.