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Understanding Sewer Clogs

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There are a lot of important elements to your home's plumbing system that you should know about, but one of the most important is its sewer main drain. However, this is also one of the elements that is the most hidden and therefore the easiest for home owners to forget about. Here is some information home owner's should be aware of with regards to the sewer main:  

The homeowner may not always be responsible for clogs

If it is clear that there is a clog and it has occurred on your property, then you will be the one that is responsible for getting someone out to take care of the issue. However, if it is questionable on whether or not the clog is on your property or where it would be the cities responsibility, then you should check with the city ahead of time and they may go ahead and have it tended to themselves.

You have a sewer cleanout on your property

Somewhere on your property you will have a sewer cleanout. However, unless you know right where to look, they can be hard to find since they tend to be concealed well. The sewer cleanout is a pipe that is fitted with a tight fitted cap and it offers a person access to the sewer line for times when blockages need to be cleared out. They can be located near a bathroom or in a concrete slab near the foundation walls in homes that have basements. It is important to note that some homes may not have a cleanout.

A snake is generally used to free up clogs

The most common way for a sewer line clog to be freed up is with the use of a plumber's snake. This is a long and flexible metal type of cord that has some stiffness to it. The snake will be put down into the sewer line and be guided toward the clog where it will then be manually manipulated in a way that breaks the clog apart, allowing the debris that was causing the clog to make its way through the system.

There are ways to help prevent clogs in the sewer main

Some clogs aren't preventable, such as ones caused by roots. However, some are preventable and things you can do to prevent clogs include not putting grease down the drain and making sure only toilet paper goes down the toilet.

Contact a service, like H.R. Stewart Inc., for more help.