Sewer Cleaning

Usually, sewer cleaning is only necessary when the whole plumbing system throughout the house or building is backed up.  Old buildings are the most susceptible, but buildings of any age can have problems.  New buildings can develop blockages from construction debris that makes its way into the drain lines.  Older sewer lines usually require repair because of root instruction by surrounding trees.

Unfortunately, sewer cleaning is not a do it yourself task and requires a professional plumber.  Plumbers use rolls of cable with a cutting tool attached to the end.  They simply run the cable down the pipes until they encounter the blockage, which is sometimes located 50 feet or more from the home/building.  Some plumbers use jetting machines in place of the cutting tools to clean out sewers, but only in certain cases.  When there is food grease or automotive oil is obstructing the sewer line, a jetter is necessary.

There are some tips to prevent sewer line blockages in the first place.  Be sure not to put anything down the toilet except toilet paper and human waste.  Often times people will resort to using paper towels once their toilet paper runs out—this is a big problem.  Paper towels are thicker and more absorbent than toilet paper, so be sure to throw them in the trash.  Also, make sure there are strainers on most if not all of the drains in your house (this will prevent large objects from slipping down into the sewer system).  Additionally, make sure your garbage disposal is in top shape because a faulty garbage disposal will allow large chunks of food down the drain.  Finally, be sure to dispose of grease by tossing it in the garbage or outside.

If you have recurrent sewer blockages then it is a good idea to have an annual sewer cleaning.  It is a cheaper option in the long run since calling plumber to perform an emergency sewer cleaning can be expensive.