Simple Steps to Clearing Your Sewer Line

If you experience that dreaded gurgling sound that is followed by a black smelly substance rising up through your drain then you have a clogged sewer line. A clog in your sewer drain can occur from roots growing in the line or from items that have been put into the drain that never dissolved. The good news is that if you need to clean your sewer line it can be done easily with these following steps.

Before You Begin You Will Need:

  • Commercial Root Killer
  • Auger
  • 1 1/2 Inch PVC pipe

Clearing Your Sewer Lines

Use the commercial root killer as indicated on the label to help kill the roots of the trees that are blocking your sewer line and to prevent further growth in the line.

In the spring as new roots are forming tackle them with an auger to prevent any sewer or septic tank clogs. Dig a 2 1/2 inch diameter hole with the auger and be sure to stop about 2 feet above the sewer. Insert a PVC pipe about 1 1/2 inch in diameter so that the top is level with the ground. Use copper sulfate crystals by pouring them into the pipe and add hot water and cap the pipe off.

For a more thorough sewer cleaning rent a sewer rooter to grind up and remove roots that are clogging your lines. Industrial equipment stores and most hardware stores will have one available.

Preventive Maintenance

In order to ensure that you avoid unnecessary clogs in your sewer line and backups that are a mess to clean up follow these maintenance tips:

  • Do not put any grease or animal fats into your drains. The grease and fats tend to harden as they are cooled and will decrease your drain size to less than a 1/4 inch. This is a common cause of clogs and backups and almost all can be prevented.
  • Always scrape your plate and other dishes into the garbage and avoid putting food and scraps down the drain.
  • Using a sink strainer to catch any scraps during food preparation is a great way to avoid un-dissolvable items from being put down the drain.
  • Sewer cleaning crews find that coffee grounds, egg shells, motor oil, baby diapers and even kitty litter are among the culprits that are causing many of the home owners sewer backups.

About Preferred Plumbing & Drain

Preferred Plumbing & Drain has been providing plumbing services to the Oakland and surrounding East Bay areas since 2004. Preferred Plumbing & Drain is a Licensed Contractor (Contractors License #856944) and a PHCC member.

With Preferred Plumbing & Drain, the estimate is always free and there is no extra charge for nights, weekends, or holidays. There are no trip or travel charges. And you approve the estimate before any work is started.