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Just about everyone deals with a clogged toilet or drain from time to time. It’s to be expected, even among the most careful homeowners.

Of course, expecting a clog shouldn’t stop you from trying to prevent one, especially the underground variety. Those tend to be the most difficult and costliest to repair.

So, to help keep everything flowing nice and smoothly, here are three ways to prevent a clogged sewer line:

Use Enzyme Cleaners

A monthly treatment of a drain cleaning product helps make mole hills out of mountains. At the same time, prevent pipe corrosion and environmental damage by using enzyme vs. chemical drain cleaners.

Watch Where You Plant Trees & Bushes

When greenery is planted too close to underground sewer lines, tree and shrub roots can penetrate through cracks or gaps where pipes are connected. If that happens and the problem goes undetected for too long, your sewer can clog up completely, allowing nothing to pass through.

Avoid Flushing Wipes and Other Personal Hygiene Products

The only thing that should ever be flushed down a toilet aside from human waste is toilet paper. Sanitary napkins and other hygiene products can clog pipes and lead to more serious plumbing problems.

How would you know if your sewer already was clogged? Here are few common warning signs:

  • Your toilets start percolating like a coffee pot once your washing machine stops.
  • You spot water around the floor drain in your basement.
  • Multiple drains (or toilets) are clogged at the same time.
  • Water backs up in your tub or shower when you flush a toilet.
  • Your toilet water bubbles while you run water in a nearby sink.
  • One small area of your lawn is wet and spongy while the rest is dry.

Here’s another good way to keep an eye on underground drain activity:  periodic drain camera inspections. As one of Omaha’s leading drain cleaning and repair service providers, that’s just one of the many ways we can help you keep your drains in sound working order. Contact Burton today for the service you need, when you need it.