Tips & Information
Tips to keep your drains and sewer lines free-flowing and trouble-free.
Don't give trouble a chance to start. Here are some simple things you can do as a part of a continuous preventive maintenance program to keep drain, sewer or septic tank problems to a minimum in the future...
Problems usually occur when grease builds up in your pipes or when your garbage disposal drain becomes clogged with fibrous foods.
- Don't pour liquid grease down the drain. Before washing pots and pans, wipe out the grease with a paper towel.
- Run lots of cold water through your garbage disposal both during and after each use.
- Don't put fibrous or stringy fruits and vegetables like celery, corn silks, or banana peels in the garbage disposal. These materials will clog your drain.
- Once a week, run hot water down the drain to help keep it free-flowing.
- Use Roto-Rooter® Pipe Shield or ccls bacteria/enzyme septic system treatment in kitchen drains once a month. Caustic drain cleaners can damage plumbing.
Laundry / Washer Drains
Stoppages are usually caused by soap or lint buildup in the pipes.
- Use moderate amounts of soaps and detergents.
- Use a biodegradable detergent.
- If your washer has a lint trap, clean it out regularly.
- Use additional lint and hair traps where possible. For example, a piece of women's nylon stocking can be used as an extra trap on the hose that drains from your washer. Be sure to clean these traps and filters regularly.
- Use Roto-Rooter® Pipe Shield or ccls bacteria/enzyme in drains once a month.
Most toilet backups are caused by attempting to flush small objects or bulky paper products down the toilet.
- Store small objects away from the toilet.
- Only use toilet paper in the toilet. Don't try to flush diapers, sanitary napkins, tampons, facial tissue or any other bulky products down the toilet.
- Be sure the toilet is operating properly. The tank should fill with water to the recommended level and the toilet should flush completely with adequate force.
- Use Roto-Rooter® Pipe Shield or ccls in the toilet every month.
Tubs and Showers
Most clogs are caused by build ups of soap, hair, and bath and body oils.
- Each drain should be fitted with a strainer that catches hair and soap chips. Clean the strainer regularly.
- Use Roto-Rooter® Pipe Shield or ccls in the drain once a month.
Some sewer line problems occur because of structural problems or because the lines begin to deteriorate. Other clogs are caused by ice or by tree roots growing into the main sewer line.
- Call Snowbridge Roto-Rooter as soon as you suspect there's a problem. Catching problems early can often save you money and inconvenience.