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How To Prevent A Sewer Backup In Your Home

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Sewage Backup Our Professionals have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

Sewer backups can cause major damage to your home. Learn about causes of sewer backups, and what steps you can take to protect your home against sewer problems.

Most Common Causes Of Sewer Back Ups

  • Aging Sewer Systems
  • Combined Pipelines- Storm water and raw sewage in the same pipeline
  • Tree Roots
  • Blockages In Sanitary Main

How To Prevent Sewer Backups

  • Dispose Of Grease Properly. After cooking oil has been cooled off, it should be put in a heat-resistant container and disposed of properly. Washing grease down the drain is not the way to go. As the grease cools down it will start to solidify either in the drain, owner’s line, or in the main sewer line eventually causing it to clog.
  • Dispose Of Paper Product Properly. Paper products such as paper towels, disposable diapers, hygienic wipes, and feminine products do not break down quickly, and can cause a lot of problems down the road in owner’s lateral as well as in the city main.
  • Cut Tree Roots Periodically. Have your roots regularly cut by a professional if you notice problems with your tree roots in your lateral.
  • Replace Your Line. Replacing your pipes with plastic ones will prevent tree roots from entering your line.
  • Fix Illegal Plumbing Connections. It is illegal to connect French drains, sump pumps, and any other flood control systems to your sanitary sewer. The debris will clog your line.
  • Install A Backwater Prevention Valve. A backwater valve that is properly installed and maintained allows the sewage to go out and prevent it from coming back in.

If you experience a sewage backup in your home, call SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus at 614-261-6666 today!

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