There are few things that homeowners find more distressing and problematic than a sewage backup into the home. Not only does it cause a huge mess but it can also be dangerous as sewage can spread disease around your home. Sewage backing up into sinks and bathtubs can be particularly troublesome, as this may be near food prep or family bathing areas. Understanding what causes sewage backing up into tubs and sinks can help you correct the issue and stop it quickly.
Sewage backup is usually a result of problems in the sewer line. These problems cause waste to be regurgitated when it can’t exit through the sewer.
Foreign materials that find their way into pipes and drains can cause clogs in the main or secondary sewer lines. These materials include food, hair, feminine hygiene products, paper, or other non-soluble materials. If backups only affect one section of outlets in your home, the blockage could be in the secondary lines. But if sewage is backing up into your whole home, the main sewer line is probably affected.
Tree roots can grow into the sewer line causing cracks, breakage, or obstruction of sewage through the sewer pipes.
Broken Sewer Line
Sometimes the structure of the sewer line is affected and the sewer line is broken. This prevents water and sewage flowing through and sewage consequently backs up.
Stop Using Plumbing
In order to prevent sewage backup from becoming worse, it’s important to stop using your home’s plumbing immediately. Any water or waste that goes down the drain will run into the sewer, building up pressure on the blockage or obstruction. This will simply cause your backup to get worse.
Shut Off Water Main
Turning off your water is a way to stop more water and waste from entering the sewer and worsening the backup.
Call an Emergency Plumber
A sewage backup is a plumbing emergency so you should call a trusted plumber as soon as possible. They will begin work on getting your sewer line functioning again.
Ask for a Camera Inspection
Your plumber can provide you with a camera inspection to help identify the cause of the blockage and what work may be required to correct it. Camera inspections are very worthwhile as they allow noninvasive access to look at your pipes to inspect the damage and plan the most effective repair.
Prevention is better than fixing a problem once it’s occurred. This certainly holds true for sewer drain problems that can cost thousands to fix yet are easily prevented.
Watch What You Put Down the Drain
The only things that should go into your sewer are water, human waste, and toilet paper. Avoid putting food, oil, hair, paper towel, wet wipes, or feminine hygiene products into your sinks or toilets.
Annual Plumbing Inspection
A yearly inspection of your plumbing can help to determine your system’s health and prevent plumbing emergencies. Your plumber has techniques and tools available only to professionals that allow him to inspect your plumbing and ensure it runs smoothly.
In some cases, sewer cleaning can prevent full-blown blockages occurring. Sewer pipes can be pressure washed and tree roots can be cleared with rooter service before they fully obstruct the pipe.
Keeping your plumbing healthy and knowing how to handle a plumbing emergency can help reduce the damage of sewage backup. If your home’s plumbing is due for an inspection, contact Magnificent Plumbing and Rooter to schedule yours today.