Blockage of water flow resulting from kitchens or toilets in houses, apartment buildings or commercial buildings leads to the clogging of the sewer system. These unpleasant situations are most often caused by the irresponsible behavior of people who throw household waste (such as food waste, bones, textiles, etc.) as well as solid waste (such as sand, paint, or other building materials resulted from interior design projects) in the toilet or in the kitchen sink.
Once in the sewer system, such things gradually clog sections of the pipe, reducing its capacity to collect domestic wastewater and even blocking the operation of wastewater pumping stations. The effect of the blockages generated by these materials affect first and foremost the same inhabitants of the area, who may experience discharge of wastewater in their houses, basements, on their properties or on nearby public spaces.
Interventions to remove the clogging effects of the sewerage system involve important financial and human resources, both from the operators and from the users (especially when the internal network is also affected). We must therefore keep in mind that the sewer system is not a trash bin and we must take into account the following rules to keep it clean and functional:
- Do not throw food, textiles, construction materials, hygiene supplies (absorbents, dental floss, ear cleaning sticks, medical bandages, razors, packaging of any kind etc.) into the toilet bowl or in the sink.
- Collect the fats and oils left after frying food in airtight containers that can be safely thrown in the trash bin or handed over to companies that recycle cooking oil.
- Remove with a paper towel the remnants of oil or grease left on the cooking utensils, before washing them in the sink.
- Do not allow volatile, corrosive, toxic substances or expired drugs to reach the drainage system.
Periodic sewer inspection and cleaning by a plumber Denver sewer specialist is highly recommended, even if your sewer seems to work just fine, because it prevents severe clogging.
To choose the right method for cleaning the sewer, you need to identify where the blockage has been formed. To do this, you must alternately drain the water at all points. If the water does not drain from the sink, the siphon is most likely clogged. The second reason can be a blockage in the pipe section, before connecting to the main sewer.
If the water flows from one point to another (you open the water in the kitchen sink, and it appears in the bathroom or the level in the toilet begins to rise), the general drainage of wastewater is blocked.
Obstruction of the sewer system occurs due to blockage of the pipes. Sometimes the cause can be a large foreign object caught in the drain hole. But, more often, a cork is formed due to the accumulation of organic and inorganic residues on the inner surface of the pipe.
Regardless of the circumstances, the sewer pipe can be cleaned using the following methods:
- using chemicals containing sodium
- by mechanical means (e.g. plumber`s snake)
- using a special hydrodynamic installation, which evacuates the sewer pipes using high pressured water.