Have You Ever Had a Sewage Backup?
They stink... Literally...
As a property owner, it's essential to understand the potential causes of sewage backups and how to prevent them. Sewage backups can cause significant damage to your property, and they can also pose health risks to you and your family.
Understanding the most common causes of sewage backups can help you prevent damage before it happens:
- Clogged Pipes: One of the most common causes of sewage backups is clogged pipes. Over time, debris such as grease, soap, and hair can accumulate in your pipes, eventually causing a blockage that prevents sewage from flowing through.
- Tree Roots: Tree roots can invade your sewer line through small cracks or joints, causing blockages and backups. If you have trees growing near your sewer line, it's essential to have them inspected regularly to ensure they're not causing any damage.
- Broken or Collapsed Pipes: Older homes may have pipes that are made from materials such as clay or cast iron that can break or collapse over time, causing backups. If you have an older home, it's essential to have your sewer line inspected periodically to identify any potential issues.
- Heavy Rainfall: Heavy rainfall can overwhelm your sewer system, causing sewage to back up into your home. If you live in an area that experiences heavy rainfall, consider installing a backwater valve to prevent sewage from flowing back into your home.
To prevent sewage backups, here are some tips you can follow:
- Avoid flushing anything other than toilet paper down your toilet.
- Dispose of cooking grease and oil properly.
- Install a strainer in your sink to prevent food scraps and other debris from going down the drain.
- Have your sewer line inspected periodically to identify any potential issues.
- Consider installing a backwater valve if you live in an area that experiences heavy rainfall.
If you do experience a sewage backup, it's essential to act quickly. Turn off your water supply and avoid using any plumbing fixtures until the issue has been resolved. Call a licensed plumber to come and assess the problem and perform any necessary repairs. Make sure you call SERVPRO of Greensburg to clean, sanitize, and dry your property.
I hope this information helps you understand the causes of sewage backups and how to prevent them. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to our office at (724) 837-8830.