Sewage damage can be costly, not to mention unpleasant. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to prevent sewage problems from plaguing your home. If you don’t wash foreign objects down your drains, you will prevent clogs and backups and avoid the need for sewage cleanup. Keep the following items out of your sewage system at all times:
With the exception of toilet paper, all paper products should go in the trash. Even if they are labeled “flushable,” personal wipes, feminine products, and napkins can cause sewage problems. Never flush thick paper items, such as paper towels or diapers—they will inevitably cause clogs.
Bits of food are bound to find their way into your kitchen sink, regardless of how careful you are to scrape off plates and dishes over the trashcan. It’s important to prevent even small pieces of food, such as fibrous vegetables and meats, from sneaking through your drain! They can cause clogs and other sewer line damage. Remember to use and maintain your garbage disposal as well.
Oil and Grease
Never pour cooking grease or oil down your drains. It will harden as it cools and cause serious sewer line damage. Instead, let the oil or grease harden in a container, and then throw it out. Don’t struggle with a sewage cleanup just because you cooked bacon last week.
Household cleaners, anti-freeze, paint, and painting supplies are all hazardous waste and should not be dumped down the drain; these are all candidates for your community’s hazardous waste disposal program. If your community lacks a program, put the chemicals out with the garbage.
If one or more of these objects has entered your sewage system, contact an expert for sewage problem prevention tips and give your drains a thorough cleaning. If you find yourself in need of sewage cleanup, Ideal Restoration has you covered. Our phone lines are open 24/7 to better serve the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to sewage cleanup, we offer water and smoke damage repair and mold remediation. To schedule a consultation today, call us at (888) 419-4279 or visit our website for more information.