How can I prevent future sewer backups?
The two most common causes of sewer backups are roots in the sewer line and grease blockages. Know where you sewer line is located. Avoid planting trees and shrubs near the sewer line. Roots can creep into the sewer pipe and over time cause a blockage. If trees or shrubs have caused problems in the past, remove them, once roots have breached your sewer line, there is a good chance that the roots will grow back.

Typically, the best way to clear a blockage is to call a professional sewer cleaning service. They will cut the roots from your sewer pipe. Try to avoid spending money on miracle root killers. Not only are you using a potentially hazardous chemical, but roots typically enter through the top section of the pipe whereas chemicals sit on the bottom and seldom come in contact with the roots.

Stop using the kitchen sink and garbage disposal for grease or food scraps. Vegetables, meat scraps, butter, cooking oils, and many other foods, deposit grease and solids that can build up in pipes, and eventually, create a blockage in your sewer line. Instead of putting food waste into a garbage disposal, scrape food waste from plates and pans into the garbage. Let melted oils used for cooking; solidify in a container (empty juice cartons or coffee cans work well) on the counter or in the refrigerator before placing them into the garbage.

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