Handy Summer Tips To Keep Your Pipes Flowing

While the summer of 2020 may be anything but normal, even with the arrival of summer, and warmer weather it can be easy to lose track of general maintenance tasks that need to be completed around the home. With warmer weather comes storms and rainwater, and if your sewers and drains are not in good shape, a backup in your sewer line is likely to occur! In the Spring and Summer tree and roots will be in their peak growth which can greatly interfere with the water flow in your home. Read our blog for some quick and easy tips to ensure that your sewer and drains are flowing this summer!

Be Wary of Tree Roots

As mentioned above, roots can become a major issue for sewers and drains. During the warmer month, depending on where you live, water is generally more scarce. These dry conditions will increase the odds of a sewer line obstruction. Tree roots thrive in the pipes because there is a continual flow of water, all year round. If you suspect that tree roots are obstructing your sewers, schedule a pipe inspection to determine the root issue!

Inspect for Leaks

Summer is the best time to check for leaks, since a long winter can have an impact on plumbing that we can’t even see, and you want a chance during warm weather to take care of any issues before it gets cold again.

Garbage Disposal Do’s & Don’ts

Summer is a time to get together for cookouts, family, friends, and fun! A surefire way to hinder that is by having a clogged drain or smelly odors coming from your disposal, which will surely send your guests to the yard! Here are a few quick tips to keep your disposal operating efficiently all summer long
  • Don’t put anything down the garbage disposal that shouldn’t be there. Things that shouldn’t go down the disposal include eggshells, coffee grounds, bones, fat, grease, vegetable peels, or anything hard or sticky.
  • Keep any food debris out of the leading kitchen drain (if you don’t have a disposal). Doing so will help prevent serious drain clogs and obstructions.
  • Don’t leave food waste in the garbage disposal without running the grinder.
  • Scrape food waste into the garbage (or disposal) before putting them in the sink or dishwasher. This helps prevent clogs.
  • Don’t use chemical drain cleaning products to clear clogs or obstructions in your kitchen drains. Always leave the unclogging to our team of drain line plumbing professionals.

What To Look Out For

The most common warning sign to a sewer line clog, is a clogged drain or toilet. If water is backing up, draining slowly, or a gurgling sound is coming from the drains, it is a sign that there’s a clog. Clogs can occur in the main sewer line or one of the secondary lines. If it’s the mainline, any water run throughout the house with cause problems; if it’s a secondary line, it will be isolated to that one location. Common sources of clogging are feminine hygiene products, paper towels, or certain types of toilet paper. Avoid flushing these items to help keep your pipelines clear.

Trust the Sewer & Drain Experts

For over 37 years Boston Drain Company has provided diagnostics, sewer & drain cleaning, video pipe inspections, sewer line repairs and preventative maintenance options to business owners and residents of Eastern Massachusetts & the Greater Boston Area. For any and all sewer & drain repair/service, call the experts at Boston Drain! Not sure if you’re needing a full replacement or just a quick fix? For a free quote contact us today via our convenient contact form or call us directly at 617-265-8888!
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