Sewer backup causing a mess?
A sewer backup is one of the most unpleasant plumbing emergencies, and it can happen to any homeowner.
A sewer backup occurs when the pipe servicing your house becomes blocked, collapses, or if the sewer main becomes overloaded due to heavy rain or flooding. With nowhere to go, wastewater may fill your sewer line and eventually come up through the floor drain or plumbing fixtures in your basement.
Not only are backed up sewers a mess to clean up, they could cause thousands of dollars in damage to your floors, walls, electrical systems, and any furniture or other belongings in your basement.
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Looking for a Plumber?
When you’re looking for a plumber here are a few things to consider to make sure you get the right person for the job:
Whether it’s a small leak or a major plumbing disaster, you want a well-trained,
trustworthy professional to be there fast and get the job done right the first time. But finding the
right plumber can be a difficult task so to help you find the right one, we’ve come up with a few
things that you may want to consider. First, make sure to check the customer reviews on sites like
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Google of any plumbers that you find online to make sure that they are reliable and professional.
Reviews will also help you determine whether that person or service company is courteous,
trustworthy and affordable. After all, this is someone that you will be inviting inside of your
home. Next, making sure to confirm that they are licensed and insured seems like common sense but
you’ll be surprised how many plumbers out there operate without proper credentials or insurance
coverage that help protect both you and the plumber in case of a dispute or accident. Also,
Ask for upfront pricing
request upfront pricing and avoid anyone who doesn’t provide a quote in writing. A plumbing
professional will need to do an initial assessment but depending on the issue you’re experiencing
and the plumber you hire, the cost of a repair can vary. Understanding and agreeing to a price
upfront allows you to stay in control of the job from start to finish while giving you peace of
mind. Another thing to consider is to work with a plumber or service company that values your time.
Work with a company that values your time
The plumber coming to your home should be ready and prepared to fix your issue on the first visit.
This means with all the tools and equipment on hand. When you’re experiencing a problem,
you don’t want to wait around. Availability, quick response and preparedness will ensure
that a simple issue doesn’t take much longer than expected to be completed. And finally,
keep in mind that Pros often know other Pros. If you’ve had a good experience with your water
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Causes of a Sewer Backup
Causes of a Backed-Up Sewer
Sewer Backup Warning Signs
Most basement water leaks are not caused by a backed-up sewer. But when wastewater does find its way into your home, it’s probably caused by one of the following issues:
Tree roots may damage or block lines as they grow larger.
Too much rain or melted snow entering the sewer system at once.
Blockage in municipal sanitary main.
Blockage in residential plumbing.
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If you notice any of the following, it may be a sign that you have a blocked sewer line:
More than one drain in your house is draining slowly.
Water from one drain backs up into another drain.
Your toilets don’t flush properly, even after plunging.
THINK YOU MAY HAVE A SEWER BACKUP? CALL US TO GET IT CHECKED RIGHT AWAY.
Prevention & Troubleshooting
Although homeowners may not be able to prevent a sewer backup in a municipal line, treating your residential drains with care may help prevent sewer issues that originate in your home.
- Avoid pouring fats, oils, coffee grounds, and other solid foods down your kitchen sink.
- If you have a in-sink garbage disposal, limit how much food you put down the drain.
- Only flush waste and toilet paper down your toilets. Even ‘flushable’ wipes may clog your drains as they don’t break down like regular toilet paper.
- Use a hair catcher in the shower and bathtub.
- Install a backwater valve to prevent sewage in an overloaded main sewer line from backing up into your basement. Your municipality may offer rebates for this precautionary measure as part of their flood protection program.
What To Do If Your Sewer Backs Up
If you experience a sewer drain backup, call for professional help immediately. Here are a few things you can do while you wait for help to arrive.
- Turn off the electricity to the affected area of your home.
- Move salvageable items out of the contaminated area.
- Use rubber gloves, rubber boots and protective eyewear when moving any items that have come into contact with wastewater. Contact your local municipality about the appropriate disposal.
- Call your local service expert for professional cleanup immediately.
- Use pumps, wet-dry vacuums and dehumidifiers to dry the area as soon as possible.
DEALING WITH A SEWAGE BACKUP? IN A PLUMBING EMERGENCY, CALL ON RELIANCE®.
Count on RelianceTM to find the cause of a backed-up drain
It’s not always easy to pinpoint the source of a backed-up drain, and that can lead to frustration and mounting bills.
A video camera drain inspection is a quick, affordable and efficient way to see what’s going on inside your pipes. This makes it easier for us to correct the problem, usually in three easy steps:
- Drain camera inspection
- Identify any blockage
- Clear the blockage using a power drain auger
Your drains may also benefit from a video camera inspection if you notice:
- Sewer smells coming from your pipes
- A slow or clogged drain that can’t be resolved
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