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If you have tree roots in your sewer, you can alleviate, or possibly eliminate, the problem by flushing a handful of rock salt (ice cream salt) down the toilet once a month. If the roots are small enough, the salt will make them rot. If they are too large to rot, the salt will soften them so they are easier to cut with a plumber's snake.
Septic tanks require some extra maintenance. In spite of what you hear, have your septic tank pumped out every five years. When solids build up, the damage is not to the tank, but to the leech field. The solids become as hard as concrete when they dry out. If this happens in the leech field or the laterals, they must be dug up and replaced.
Also, you must keep bacteria alive and well in the tank. You can either buy bacteria by the box, or you can just add yeast to the tank.
If your faucet runs slow - no pressure - there are a couple of things to check before calling a plumber. If there are shutoff valves under the sink, check to make sure they are turned all the way on. If there is an aerator on the faucet, unscrew it and backwash the filter screen.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|