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Preventative maintenance and care that will save you from costly repairs.

Your home is one of the biggest investments that you will ever make. Making sure that you keep up with the maintenance is important on all aspects of your home, including your plumbing. In this blog, we will be talking specifically on the care of your drain lines and sewer lines. By educating yourself on how to best care for your drain and sewer lines, you will keep your plumbing running smoothly and save yourself from experiencing potentially disastrous plumbing problems.

Know what you can and cannot put down your drains

This is the single most important maintenance tip for keeping your drains and sewer lines clear. It’s imperative to know what NOT to flush or put down any drain lines in your home. You can quickly clog up your home’s drainage system by putting down too many of the wrong things.

In our blog here, we talk about what should and should not be flushed down your toilet. In short, only toilet paper and human waste should be flushed. (“Flushable wipes” are NOT flushable!)

In this blog, we talk about what you can and cannot put down a garbage disposal.

Run hot water down your drain after each use

Running hot water down your sink or tub on a regular basis helps prevent the build up of debris and oil from foods on the interior of your pipes. The hot water moves all of it down your drain lines reducing the chance of sluggish drains.

Assess slow drainage right away

Often, the first sign of a drain line problem is a slow draining sink or tub. This could be a small problem that just needs some light cleaning (such as this Do It Yourself drain cleaning trick here) or it could be a sign of a bigger problem starting. It is best to address all small plumbing issues before they become larger ones. If you start noticing a sink or other line draining slowly, the best bet is to try the DIY cleaning recipe above, but if that does not work, calling a plumber now could save you from a much bigger headache later.

If roots are the problem, get a handle on it early

Tree roots can cause big problems for sewer lines. The roots can invade the line causing major damage. If you are having issues with your sewer line, it is best to call a plumber earlier rather than later. An experienced plumber can do a camera inspection which involves running a camera down your drain line and diagnosing what the issue is. If roots are the issue, but not a major issue yet, there are times that a plumber can perform a drain cleaning and chop up some existing roots and place root killer in your lines. This is far less expensive than a sewer line replacement that must be done once roots have completely damaged your sewer line.


If you find yourself with a clogged drain, first evaluate if it is a clog in a single, small drain or if it is a main drain clog. The best way to tell is that typically a single drain blockage will only back up in one sink or tub. If that is the case, you can first attempt this DIY method here.   Sometimes you can use this method to unclog the drain yourself. If that doesn’t work, it will be time to call a plumber. At Plumb Doctor, we have experienced drain cleaning technicians available to quickly get your drain unclogged and back up and running.

If all of your drains or multiple drains are backing up, it is likely that it is a main drain or sewer line issue. For a clogged main drain or a broken sewer line, an experienced, knowledgeable plumber is needed. Plumb Doctor’s drain cleaning and sewer line replacing experts are top plumbers that have the right tools to quickly solve your plumbing emergency.  If you are having problems with your main drain or sewer line, we can provide camera inspections to diagnose what the problem is. Once the problem is identified, our plumbers can educate you on the best way to fix the drain line problem and how to prevent another drain issue in the future.

To learn more about our drain cleaning specials, call us at 317-306-9343 or visit our website at https://www.plumb-doctor.com/drain-unclogging-and-cleaning.

To learn more about sewer line repair and replacement, visit https://www.plumb-doctor.com/sewer-line-installation-replacement or call to schedule your repair at 317-306-9343.