DIY Sewer Cleaning Tips

Most of the time, we do not think much about our sewer lines until something goes wrong. There’s a sense of dread when you flush the toilet and the water rises in the bowl instead of draining away. Or having raw sewage backing up into the drains in your home. Sewer line issues are nasty to deal with, but you can keep them at bay with regular sewer line cleaning. While professional plumbers are best suited to perform professional sewer line cleaning, not every situation calls for a sewer expert. If you’re handy around your home and have some drain cleaning skills and experience, you can clean your sewer line yourself. However, if you’re not sure how the job is done, leave sewer line cleaning to a trusted plumbing repair service.


In today’s blog post, Rooter Man Plumbing outlines DIY sewer line cleaning tips to help you get started.

  • A Hot Water Flush Is A Good Place To Start

This is the simplest way to clear minor sewer line clogs. Hot water can help dissolve grease and soap buildup, potentially clearing minor clogs. However, be cautious of using boiling water, as extreme heat could damage some types of pipes. The major limitation of this method is that it’s ineffective for significant clogs caused by tree roots, debris, or other solid obstructions.

  • Baking Soda And Vinegar And Can The Trick

A common cleaning solution that most people use to clean drain lines is a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. The fizzing reaction between these household items can help loosen minor clogs caused by organic matter.

Here's how to use baking soda and vinegar to clean drain lines:

Step 1: Clear standing water

If there’s standing water in the sink or tub, remove as much of it as possible.

Step 2: Add baking soda

Pour about a cup of baking soda directly into the drain.

Step 3: Pour vinegar

Slowly pour about a cup of vinegar into the drain. You should see fizzing and bubbling.

Step 4: Let it sit

Cover the drain with a plug or a cloth and let the mixture work for at least 15-30 minutes. For extra stubborn clogs, you can let it sit overnight.

Step 5: Flush with hot water

Remove the cover and flush the drain thoroughly with hot water.

  • Clean Your Sewer Lines Often

A general recommendation is to have your sewer lines cleaned every 18 to 22 months. Preventative cleaning helps prevent clogs from forming in the first place. Removing hair, soap buildup, and other small debris regularly will reduce the risk of major sewer line issues.

  • Chemical Drain Cleaners Are Not Recommended

Chemical drain cleaners that you’ll find in stores have been marketed as a quick fix for clogged drains and sewer lines, but they’ll certainly do more harm than good. Harsh chemicals can damage pipes, harm beneficial bacteria in your septic system, and pose environmental hazards. For less serious clogs, consider enzyme-based drain cleaners as a safer option.

  • Look for Professional Sewer Line Cleaning If in Doubt

If you’ve tried basic DIY methods without success or you’re unsure about your skillet, leave the job to a trusted plumbing service. Professional plumbers have the training and experience to accurately diagnose the source of sewer line problems. They possess specialized equipment, like video inspection cameras, to locate clogs and identify any damage within the lines. Based on a thorough diagnosis, plumbers can implement the most effective solutions to safely clear even the most stubborn clogs. They have powerful tools like hydro-jetters and root cutters that homeowners don’t have access to.

Need Professional Sewer Line Cleaning Services? Call Rooter Man Plumbing

Rooter Man Plumbing is a professional plumbing company offering reliable sewer services, including sewer line cleaning. We are equipped with state-of-the-art tools to do an outstanding job.

Signs you need sewer line cleaning

  • Multiple slow-draining fixtures
  • Sewage backup
  • Foul odors coming from your drains
  • Gurgling sounds coming from your drains
  • It’s been over two years since your last sewer cleanout

Call Rooter Man Plumbing if you’ve noticed any of these signs.

28 / Feb / 2024

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