Regular Drain Maintenance Prevents Slow Or Clogged Drains
Most home owners never think about their drains until there is a problem. You can prevent many drain problems by having Mid America Drain do semi-annual drain maintenance on your home’s entire drain system, including the main sewer line.
We offer a variety of tailor-made Residential Drain Maintenance programs to our local customers. Your needs will vary based on the age of your home. Different types of sewer pipe have been used over the years, and each type has its own maintenance needs.
Clay pipes are usually about 3 feet in length, which makes for several joints in the line between your house and the sewer main. Tree roots grow into these joints, causing a blockage of your sewer line.
Homes built before the mid-1950s often have clay sewer lines.
We cable your clay pipes using a special cutting tool that removes the roots and allows water to flow freely down the pipe. Depending on the severity of your root problem, clay pipes may need to be cleaned as often as every two months.
Fiber Conduit Pipe
Fiber conduit or Orangeburg is another type of pipe used in sewer systems up until the 1970s. Made of wood pulp and tar, these pipes resist root intrusion but tend to deform over time. The round pipe becomes egg-shaped, slowing down the flow through the pipe.
Usually high pressure water jetting works best to clean fiber conduit pipes.
Cast Iron Pipes
Cast iron pipes have been in use since the late 1800s for sewer lines. Being made of iron, these pipes rust over time. This rusty scale can catch solids washing through your pipes and eventually restrict or even block the flow.
Our skilled service technicians use high pressure water jetting to remove blockages and rusty scale from your cast iron pipes, restoring the normal flow.
Things You Can Do To Help Your Drains
In addition to scheduled drain maintenance by Mid America Drain, you can minimize the chances of getting clogged drains by following these actions:
- Keep food scraps out of your kitchen drain, even if you have a disposal. Scrape food into the trash before doing your dishes.
- Never put liquid grease down your kitchen drain. Always pour the grease into another container that can be sealed and put in the trash.
- Put only sewage and toilet paper down your toilets.
- Keep hair out of your bathroom drains by using a drain screen. Clean the screen frequently.
Maintenance is the surest way to avoid unnecessary emergencies arising from blockage and other problems.
Call our office at (636) 225-1428 to set up a residential maintenance program to keep your drains free of clogs.