ServicingOh Crap! How to Fix Sewer Backup

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There is nothing worse than walking into your laundry room early morning to grab your clothes from the dryer to find out you just stepped in sewer backup! Don’t be ashamed, it happens to the best of us!

Here is how and why your sewer could get backed up and what to do to prevent it in the future:

Problem #1: Clogged pipes are the leading cause for sewer back up.
While it’s normal to flush things like toilet paper, hair and cigarette butts down the drain do you know that could be the start of the problem?
Think of your plumbing lines as one connected system, when the toilet paper meets with the food and grease from your kitchen line, they are having a full out party and you are paying for it. Combine that with the unpreventable soap scum and possible tree roots and you have the recipe for a full out party pooper if you catch my drift.

In Home Solution: When possible avoid putting unnecessary items down your drains. Things like food, grease, toilet paper, hair, cigarette butts and even “flushable wipes” should all be discarded in the trash can.

Professional Recommendation: Have your drains cleaned once a year, and your lines
scoped annually to prevent any unexpected items that could lead to costly repairs.

Problem #2: Roots
Roots are another leading cause with sewer back up. Drains located underground start to crack because as these heavy tree roots start to grow, they wrap around the sewer line and crush the pipes. Even if the roots in your yard are not a problem, roots from nearby trees can reach your sewer line and damage it.

In Home Solution: While tree roots wrapping around your sewer lines are not preventable it is something to be aware of. Be on the lookout for slow flowing drains and gurgling noises from your toilet. Limit the items you put down your drains to reduce the likeliness of clogs.

Professional Recommendation: Have your drains cleaned once a year, and your lines scoped annually to prevent any unexpected items that could lead to costly repairs.

 

Problem #3: Cracked or Damaged Lines
If you notice you are having constant back ups, it may be more than just a clog. Unfortunately if your line is cracked, damaged, corroded or collapsed you won’t be able to see this with the human eye. This is a lot more common in older homes with cast iron and clay pipes as these materials deteriorate over time, which causes corrosion that will eventually eat away the pipes.

In Home Solution: While these types of issues cannot be seen without professional equipment, knowledge is power. Know what type of piping materials you have in your home, if your home does have cast iron or clay pipes be proactive in calling in those clogs early.

Professional Recommendation: Have your drains cleaned once a year, and your lines scoped annually to prevent any unexpected items that could lead to costly repairs. Get your lines are replaced with different piping material that will not deteriorate over time.

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