Regardless of season or reason, you will likely face more than a few sewage issues in your life as a property owner. We’ve all been there a time or two. From heavy-handed toilet paper usage to things getting stuck down a drain, sewage backups are just a part of life. Here’s our expert advice on how to avoid the most common scenarios that cause homeowners to need sewage cleanup service.

What Causes Sewage Backups?

Sewage backups are hazardous as they contain fecal waste, bacteria, and contaminants. You can also expect to experience sewage-related flooding, which will significantly increase water damage if not contained. The most common causes for sewage backups are with the plumbing system malfunctions, improper fixture usage, and flooding. Here are a few more tips to prevent sewage cleanup causes.

  • Sewage vents can become blocked and cause backups.
  • Poor plumbing pipe installation often causes drips and leaks.
  • Pouring grease down the kitchen sink can lead to a blockage.
  • Broken plumbing pipes can cause leaks and then busts to occur.
  • Sewage and plumbing system failures will cause clogs and flooding.
  • Improper disposal of waste can significantly affect the plumbing system.
  • Problems with the septic system will cause the sewage system to work improperly.
  • When laying or replacing exterior sewage lines, tree branches can cause the pipes to break.
  • A city’s main sewer line can back up and can significant sewage backups to occur in your home and lawn.
  • If you have little ones, it’s not unusual for small objects to make their way into the toilet. This is a common cause of sewage backups.

What Are Signs A Homeowner Needs Sewage Cleanup?

Prevention is the key to avoiding having to have a sewage cleanup service. You can either have a plumbing system inspection or watch for the signs that tell you when you need us for sewage cleanup. There are a few ways you can tell you have a sewage problem. Recognizing the signs can help you prevent a sewage disaster. It can also mitigate sewage damage or your overall cleanup expenses.

  • A slow-moving or blocked drain can tell you if your fixtures have clogs. If you notice it, do not use them again and call us for emergency service.
  • If you smell a bad smell coming from your faucets, toilet, washer, or bathtub, this is a clear sign that something is not working properly with your sewage line.
  • If you hear unusual sounds or see air bubbles, you may have a clog forming or something blocking the regular flow of sewage. If untreated, you will have a back-up.

How Can I Avoid Sewage Backups?

While sewage backups can occur at a moment’s notice, early intervention with any of these issues will help you avoid a fixture leak, blockage, or flood. It will also lessen the likelihood that your property will require a professional sewage cleanup. We also advise our customers to change household patterns such as garbage disposal usage, grease disposal, or flushing everything down the drain.

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