Clogged sewer lines are more than just a minor inconvenience. They can lead to serious issues like sewage backups, property damage, and costly repairs. But the good news is that most clogs are preventable. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the key dos and don’ts to keep your sewer lines flowing smoothly.

Contact us if you run into issues, or read on to get all the information you need.

Do: Be Mindful of What You Flush


Only human waste and toilet paper should go down the toilet. Even “flushable” wipes can clog up your sewer lines.

Sinks and Drains

Avoid disposing of fats, oils, and grease in your sink. They solidify in the sewer lines, leading to clogs.

Don’t: Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners can erode your pipes and lead to more issues down the line. For a safer alternative, opt for enzyme-based cleaners or call professionals for sewer and water line repair.

Do: Opt for Regular Inspections and Maintenance

Regular inspections can help identify issues before they escalate. Read our previous blog on the essentials of sewer line maintenance to know more.

Don’t: Plant Trees Near Sewer Lines

Tree roots can wreak havoc on your sewer lines. If you’re planning any landscaping, make sure to keep trees a safe distance from any underground utility lines.

Do: Keep an Eye for Warning Signs

Be aware of the signs of a damaged sewer line like foul odors or slow drainage. If you notice these, get them checked immediately.

Don’t: Ignore Water Line Issues

Problems with your water line can affect your sewer lines too. Make sure to address these promptly to avoid bigger headaches.

Do: Know What to Do in Emergencies

If your water line breaks, knowing what to do can save you time and money. Quick action can prevent further damage.

Preventing sewer line clogs involves a combination of mindful practices and regular maintenance. If you’re ever in doubt or face issues you can’t resolve, don’t hesitate to contact us at Barley Excavating. We offer expert sewer and water line repair services that you can rely on. Call us today at (618) 781-0299.

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