If you’ve ever had a sewage backup inside your home, you understand the filth, odor, mess, and overall gross factor of the ordeal and for that, we sympathize with you. If however, you have been lucky up to this point and free of the nasty business that results in a sewage issue, then pay attention, one day your luck may just run out.
There are a few ways that a backup can occur in your home.
- Clogged pipes
- Invasive tree roots
- Collapsed or broken sewer lines
The most common occurrence at the root of all sewage backup issues is clogged pipes. Yet, this is something that we can all control when properly educated. First and foremost, if a clog or object is stuck in the pipes, do not stick more objects down in hopes of retrieving it. If a plumbers snake or plunger won’t help, call a professional. Sticking non-related plumbing tools into the pipes may damage the pipes and cause a bigger problem.
Here are some other items to keep out of your sewer lines:
- Wet wipes: Many of these brands do not break down like regular toilet paper. They are known for causing clogs in toilets.
- Hair clogs: If you clean your shower and sink drains regularly, you’ll avoid a nasty buildup of hair and soap that can cause clogs. While these clogs are easily mitigated, if left they can get pushed farther down into your plumbing and main sewer line.
- Grease: Oil and grease down a kitchen sink is a big no-no. It sticks to the pipes hampering correct drainage from water and other food items. Pour it in an aluminum can and dispose of it in the trash.
- Fibrous foods: The disposal is a great invention, but still can’t handle foods like celery, potato peels, cucumber or carrot peels. These items tend to clog a pipe fairly quickly and if mixed with grease, you’ll have a huge mess on your hands requiring the help of a professional.
- Anything other than toilet paper! The toilet is not a garbage can. Provide a proper vessel for paper products, paper towels, wrappers, and other items so family members and guests don’t flush items down the commode.
All of the pipes heading out of your house connect to a main sewer line meaning that if a clog is able to push through to that main line and get stuck, everything will back up into your home. With proper care you can avoid the disastrous events associated with a sewer line backup.
If you are unfortunate to have a backup, call us at Restore Pro. Our Sewer Cleanup solutions keep your hands clean. Let us handle the dirty work. We will fix the plumbing issue and clean, sanitize, and dry the affected area. We will restore your home to the way it was before the sewage backup.
If you need an emergency Sewage Cleanup Service call us 24/7 at 1-800-847-0114. Learn more about our home services on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RestorePro911.