You change the oil in your car to keep the engine humming along happily; you water your plants to keep them healthy and alive; I should hope you brush your teeth to prevent painful trips to the dentist. What are you doing to keep your sewer line from backing up into your home?
If I told you there are preventative measures you can take to decrease the likelihood of sewage spewing onto your fancy flooring, would you want to know? Just like anything that needs maintenance, the longer you wait to tend to your pipes, the more likely you are to suffer a messy and expensive consequence.
Here are five tips for keeping your sewer line in top form:
• Do not put grease, food scraps, coffee grounds, bones, or eggshells into the disposal.
• Do not flush cotton balls, cotton swabs, or feminine hygiene products—only toilet paper and human waste can be flushed.
• Never dispose of chemicals down the drain like paint, paint thinner, glue, nail polish, nail polish remover, or too much lye-based drain cleaner.
• In case of tree roots finding their way to your pipes, use copper sulfate to kill the roots. Copper sulfate only kills roots a short distance and does not harm the tree.
• Use Bio-Clean, a natural bacteria and enzyme-based cleaner, periodically to flush out pipes and prevent clogs.
Prevent what you can, and should your underground pipes leak, break, or burst, there is another way you can avoid headaches and a big expense. You might not realize that homeowners insurance doesn’t cover your main line past your front door.
That’s why National Water Company offers affordable insurance policies through AAA with protection for up to $5,000 per utility line.* Did you know average replacement costs for water or sewer lines can run from $1,792 to $4,961? This coverage makes water line insurance as little as $3.99 per month—sewer line just $5.99.
Even if you’re an all-star in sewer maintenance, all pipes, no matter the material, are vulnerable to problems like invasive tree roots, ground shifting, poor installation, aging, corrosive soil, and seasonal changes.
You can arm yourself with peace of mind as you take care of your system the best you can—let National Water Company do the rest.
To enroll in water and sewage line protection, call 1-800-790-3201 or go to www.nationalwatercompany.com.
*See policy restrictions on our website