As a new homeowner, you're likely to hear many misconceptions about different aspects of the home. One of the most common targets for home care misconceptions is the sewer system. Unfortunately, many homeowners find themselves falling for some of these widespread falsehoods. Here are a few of the things that you should understand about your home's sewer system and plumbing to ensure its proper condition and flow.
Your main sewer line is the central vein of your plumbing. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that their sink and tub drains flow to a different pipe than the main sewer line where the toilets flow. The fact is that the main sewer line collects from all of the drains in your house, so everything that is flushed or sent down the drain will run through that main line and into the city sewer.
Just because it says flushable doesn't mean it is. With so many new flushable wipe products and other bathroom materials, it's easy to find yourself trapped in a false sense of security and convenience. The fact is that most of the flushable products on the market aren't manufactured to degrade the way that traditional bathroom tissue will. After all, bathroom tissue is made to degrade rapidly in the sewer system, which is why it doesn't cause clogs and other problems. When you flush things that don't degrade as fast, you end up with a buildup of particles in the pipes that cause damaging clogs.
Be conservative about disposing of food scraps. If you put food down the garbage disposal, you risk the potential of large food particles building up in the drain pipe. Some sewer lines can be narrow in diameter, which makes it easier to clog. Avoid putting food waste down the disposal unless it is small particle waste. Compile other waste into a compost pile for use in the garden or other areas of your property.
You shouldn't flush old medications down the toilet. What was once a common solution for excess medications has been recognized to be hazardous to the water sources. While water treatment centers are good at eliminating many contaminants, there are pharmaceuticals that cannot be filtered or treated out of the water. Take your excess medications to a pharmacy or hospital disposal program to have them properly taken care of.
The more you understand about your home's sewer system, the better your chances will be of keeping the drains clean and maintaining the flow of water. If you have any questions, talk with a local sewer system contractor. For more information, talk with a company like Optimum Plumbing LLC.