What Causes Sewage Problems?
Sewage can end up in your property in a variety of ways. A flooded river or body of water, a broken sewer main, or even a backed-up overflowing toilet can result in a filthy, smelly, hazardous mess. Furthermore, sewage problems can initiate toxic black mold growth, which can pose an additional health risk to all occupants.
The origin of many sewage related problems include:
• Solid Flushes – The most common cause of sewage backup is a blockage caused by hair, grease, kitty litter, bones, or dirt accumulation; or as a result of flushing objects that are too large for the existing pipes – like disposable diapers and feminine products.
• Structural Defects – Problems in the sewer line such as cracks or holes; collapsed, sagging or misaligned pipes; and open or offset joints are the cause of many system malfunctions.
• Tree Root Infiltration – Tree roots are able to infiltrate the service pipe at joints and continue to grow, plugging wastewater flow as they increase in size. These roots can also cause cracks and other structural defects in the pipe as they expand.
• Blockage of Sanitary Sewers – A blockage can occur in a public sanitary main. It the blockage is not detected in time, sewage can back up through floor drains into homes and businesses in the area.
• Flooding of Sanitary Sewers – During times of heavy rain, sewer lines can fill up with water faster than they drain. Left unaddressed, this can lead to sewage backup into homes and businesses.
How to Prevent Sewage Backups
Sewage backups are one of the most disturbing things that can happen in your home or business. The good news is that most of the time sewage problems are preventable.
Here’s how to prevent future sewage backup:
1. Never put grease down your drains, garbage disposals, or toilets.
2. Never flush disposable paper products, feminine napkins, diapers or paper towels down the toilet.
3. Avoid planting trees or plants that can spread roots near your septic system or sewer line.
4. If your lateral line has a jointed pipe system, evaluate the possibility that tree roots could infiltrate your pipes.
5. Replace your sewer line with new plastic pipe to prevent the entrance of tree roots.
6. Never connect any areaway drains or sump pumps to your sewer line.
7. Locate the sewer cleanout in your front yard and keep accessible.
8. Modify the plumbing line so that water is pumped to an upper level drain, avoiding the drains at the lower level.
9. Regularly clean your service laterals to eliminate grease, roots and other debris.
10. Install a backwater prevention valve. This allows sewage to flow out of your sanitary lines, but prevents if from flowing back into the lines. This protects your property from all types of problems, both individual system issues and those initiating with municipality lines as well.
Removal and Sanitation of Sewage Spills
Water that is contaminated as a result of sewage backup should be treated as an emergency situation and resolved as soon as possible. OneRestore technicians are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are water damage restoration specialists with specialized training, equipment and protective gear to safely restore your home or business.
If you need sewage cleanup for your home or business, call OneRestore for a free estimate. We offer 24/7 service, every day of the year.