Posted on: 6 June 2018
It is not uncommon from time to time to have a problem with your plumbing, such as a slow draining kitchen sink or bathroom. These you can easily sort out yourself using homemade solutions.
If however, you have a problem with the main sewer line, you or your landlord may be responsible for fixing it. Either way, as a tenant, you will be the first person to feel the effects of the problem, so you might as well get involved. What can you do, in such a situation?
Diagnose the Problem
Not all drainage problems are connected to the main sewer line. Sometimes the problem is localized. How do you know it's the main sewer that has a problem?
First, the problem will affect all plumbing fixtures. Second, homemade solutions such as the plunger, baking soda, or drain cleaners will not work.
Once you suspect a problem with the main sewer line, this is what you should do:
Stop further Use
Continuing to use fixtures such as the kitchen sink, toilet or bathroom will only compound the problem.
Shut off the Water supply
Next, shut off the main water supply to your home or apartment. You do not want to stress your sewer line any further.
Call a Plumber
Problems with the main sewer line are not easy to fix on your own. They are tricky and needless to say, can be quite messy.
If you are a tenant, find out what your lease agreement says about sewer problems. It would be wise at this point to call your landlord and inform them of the problem.
Once you agree with your landlord, the person responsible should call a sewer cleaning professional immediately. If you're worried about the problem, put pressure on your landlord to get it fixed and make sure they choose an appropriate sewer cleaning professional today.
Some problems have nothing to do with you as a tenant.
However, others are avoidable. As a tenant, here are a few things you can do to prevent them:
Avoid putting into the drain items that may cause blockage. Keep grease, oils, food particles and hair, as well as insoluble solids away from the drain.
Keep hair out of drains. Add a screen to your drain if there's none.
Keep laundry washer filters clean and free of lint.
Dispose of waste properly. Diapers, feminine hygiene items, cigarette ends and foodstuffs do not belong in the drain.
Go easy on drain cleaners. Some drain cleaners are highly corrosive and will damage pipes.
As a tenant, you have a role to play in ensuring your main sewer line has fewer problems. It starts with disposing of your waste responsibly. In case a problem occurs, take measures to contain it before you call your landlord or plumber. Contact a company, like Holmes Sewer And Drain, for more help.Share