Why Main Line Cleaning Is Essential for Routine Home Maintenance

Water Going Down the Drain

One essential part of your home’s plumbing network is the sewer line that carries all of the waste from your home out to the municipal sewer line.  Routine maintenance, a hygiene check, and cleaning of this main line are absolutely critical.  Fortunately, Tritan Plumbing offers mainline sewer cleaning services so that you and your home have a fully functional, hygienic plumbing system.

What You Should Know About Maintaining the Plumbing in Your Home

Your home plumbing network is made up of two major elements – the fresh water system and the wastewater system. The freshwater system brings in clean water from the main city line into your home.  It runs through your hot and cold lines into your showers, bathtubs, dishwasher, etc.  Then, the wastewater system takes all of the sewage waste out of your home into either your home’s septic tank or straight out into the municipal line, and this is why your main sewer line is integral to the entire system.

The main sewer line, though an integral part of your plumbing system, is often neglected when it comes to regular maintenance simply because it isn’t as easily accessible.  Most don’t even know there’s a problem until sewage actually surfaces due to damage to the pipe or a blockage.  But, if this problem does go unnoticed, it can cause damage to your property and pose very serious health risks to you and your loved ones.

That’s why it’s so important to keep your plumbing system running smoothly.  So, let’s break maintenance of your main line down a bit further:

When Should You Clean Your Sewer Line?

In determining when your main line should be cleaned, watch out for these signs that it’s not functioning properly:

  • Multiple lines are getting plugged all at the same time – Are your sinks, bathtubs or faucets getting clogged?  This could be a sign of a problem with that particular line.  But, if multiple drains or lines are clogging all at once, this is a sign of a greater issue with your main line.  Clogging in your main line can lead to multiple drain and pipeline blockage.
  • There’s a foul smell coming from your drains – When your main line gets backed up, it will start to emit bad odors through the drains inside your home.  So, if you notice a different smell in your house, contact a professional to come check your main sewer line immediately.  
  • Your plumbing system starts malfunctioning – Your sewer line is the core of your plumbing system, so when it gets clogged, the rest of your plumbing system will start to act erratically.  Your toilet might start to gurgle, or you’ll experience a reduction in water flow and pressure.  All of this means that your main line needs maintenance.

If any of these things start to happen, your trusty plumber will need to step in to take immediate action.  

How Do You Clean the Main Sewer Line?

To best maintain your main sewer line, we suggest having it cleaned every 6-12 months to remove all dirt, debris and scale buildup in the pipe lines.  So, when a plumber comes out to clean your main sewer line, they will use the following techniques:  

  • Augers and Snakes – An auger or snake will be put deep inside the drain.  Then, the hand crank will be turned to remove any dirt or debris from the pipe walls.
  • Sewer Jetter Nozzle – Jetter nozzles are used to power wash the line.  It’s a technique that involves blasting high pressure water through a nozzle that’s specially designed for the purpose of clearing pipes of all scale and sediment buildup.  

Cleaning the sewer line thoroughly is a job that can only be done by a professional.  Fortunately for you, our team at Tritan Plumbing has the knowledge, skills, experience and expertise in handling all such plumbing needs.  We use the latest, state-of-the-art equipment, tools and technologies to make sewer mainline cleaning thorough, efficient and stress-free for everyone.


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