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Plumbing Backed up in Your Log Cabin? 5 Tips for Maintenance

A log cabin is perfect for folks who enjoy life in the country. To prevent a plumbing backup, it’s important to properly maintain your water system. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Be Careful About What You Flush

Never make the mistake of using your toilet as a trash can. Other than your “business”, the only thing you should flush down the toilet is bathroom tissue. Even baby wipes can cause a clog in your log cabin’s sewage line. Some of the other items to keep out of your toilet include personal hygiene products, cotton balls, dental floss, and paper towels.

Keep Your Kitchen Drain Clear

Your kitchen drain is especially prone to developing a blockage. Once the grease is allowed to harden, it will eventually start to restrict water flow. Instead of pouring grease down the kitchen drain, collect it in a sealed container. Also, be sure to scrape food off your dishes. Potato peels, oatmeal, rice, and coffee grounds can all swell in your pipes, thus making a clog more likely to occur. Remember, shy away from using chemical drain cleaners. These toxic products are actually strong enough to deteriorate your pipes from the inside out.

Protect Your Bathroom Drains

Over time, hair and soap can collect in your bathtub drain. To help prevent a backup, plumbing services recommend installing a mesh screen over your drain. This will give you an extra barrier of protection. It’s also a good idea to clean your drain using a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and vinegar. After pouring the solution down the drain, give it at least 20 minutes to break down any gunk. You can then rinse it away with boiling water.

Watch Out for Tree Roots

Ideally, you should avoid planting any trees within 10 feet of your underground water lines. Some of the trees with the deepest roots include hickories, black gum, white oak, and walnut trees. If there’s even a slight leak in your sewer pipe, a tree root will be drawn to the moisture and nutrient-rich soil. Once a root starts growing in the pipe, it’s only a matter of time before a blockage happens.

Don’t Ignore Potential Problems

When it comes to keeping your plumbing system operating smoothly, it’s important to never ignore potential issues. A slow drain or toilet that becomes difficult to flush should always raise a red flag. Take action immediately.

Don’t allow a plumbing backup to ruin your log cabin. Routine maintenance can help prevent a big mess. The extra peace of mind is well worth it.

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