Sewage Pipes Maintainence

Old 12-23-22, 03:00 PM
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Sewage Pipes Maintainence

I have been living in my current home for over 20 years. On occasions, my bathroom sinks and tubs get clogged up which I clear the drains with a water jet plumber.

As for the kitchen drain, I have recently changed out the T-Intersection where it has one of those plastic thing inside it. I changed it out to a T-Intersection that is completely hollowed. My kitchen sink has been good.

The only drain plumbing issue that I have had is in the last few years, the washing machine does not drain well. I did buy a bladder and that also cleared up too.

Now, for the toilet sewage and drains, YUCK!, is there anything I need to do to keep it in good shape, beside not eating so much and taking a big ... every time?

I don't throw anything down the toilet for the exception of course toilet paper. Toilets rarely ever clogged but still want to know about the maintenance.
Old 12-24-22, 06:14 AM
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If the pipes are good and your not naughty the pipes shouldn't need any maintenance. A proper, working drain system doesn't clog. I assume you've got some underlying issues causing problems. If the clogs become annoying enough bringing in a plumber with an inspection camera might be a good idea.

Bladder type tools are limited in what they can do. The drain must be almost completely clogged in order for a bladder device work. If the pipe is not clogged enough then the water from the bladder will leak out and never develops the pressure to blow out the clog. They also only work on clogs that are nearby. They only work up until the first vent connection or T in the line. And, they don't remove deposits on the sides of the pipes. A rotary auger/snake would be a good tool to consider. It can remove all the scum that builds up inside the pipe along its full length though they can be messy to operate.

I think it really takes three tools to maintain home drain lines. A inexpensive hand crank auger is great for sink and washing machine drain lines. Number two is a good toilet auger. It's a great tool for toilet clogs and much better than a plunger. Number three is an expensive tool. You'll need a powered drain snake to work on your main drain line and toilet drains. This could be something you choose to hire a professional if it happens infrequently but if you have regular problems buying an auger will pay for itself on it's second use.
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