In the past 13 years as a homeowner, I’ve encountered all manner of unexpected plumbing issues, from my septic tank backing up to that time I clogged up a bathtub with Ranch dressing. Suffice to say, I’ve learned a lot in the last decade plus, so today I wanted to share four tips for preventing plumbing clogs, so you can learn from my experiences!
If you have a septic tank, practice preventative maintenance. I’ve been using Roto-Rooter home products, such as their Septic Treatment, to keep everything running smoothly. Having your septic tank pumped can be an unanticipated expense, so anything you can do at home to keep it in tip-top shape is great.
2. (Don’t) Put Down Roots!
Another tip for septic tank owners: Keep a close eye on any bushes, trees, and vegetation that surround your tank. Did you know that the roots from such plants can wrap around your pipes and form a rootball inside it? This was one of my first lessons in plumbing in 2003. After trying to diagnose why my toilet and bathtub were backing up, Jai discovered the rootball inside the pipe after we rented a plumbing snake…and his reward was getting splattered in the face with sewage by the snake. Now that we know, we make sure nothing can grow into the pipes like that again!
The minute I see even a little standing water in the sink, I reach for a bottle of Roto-Rooter Gel Clog Remover. Even if your sink or bathtub don’t have any minor clogs, it’s a good thing to do regularly to keep the pipes cleaned out and running smoothly.
4. Watch What You Flush
For both septic tanks and sewers, it’s important to be thoughtful about what you’re putting into your system. For example, flushing an excessive amount of baby wipes or other materials that can’t break down easily can cause massive blockages. And no, don’t pour Ranch dressing down your drain, either!!
How do you keep your plumbing running smoothly? Have you ever had any issues with clogs?