Sewer system backups

There are several causes of a sewer system backup. When you have a sewer system backup, you’ll know it quickly. You’ll probably see water backing up from your shower or toilet. A home sewer backup can also result in strong odors coming from your drains or areas outside the home. Gurgling sounds from the toilet or drains are also common signs, as are pools of water near the floor drain of your residential basement. Shrubs and trees seeking moisture can make their way into sewer line cracks causing extensive damage. They may start out small, getting into a small crack in the pipe; but as the tree or shrub continues to grow, so does the root. Tree roots can enter the service pipe at joints and cause blockages. They can also travel a long way, and roots from different types of trees act differently. Sometimes a blockage is the result of a combination of city and private trees. In this case costs are split between the city and property owner. Also, one of the most common causes of a home sewer backup is a clog of some sort. If you are only experiencing a backup in one toilet, tub or sink, then the culprit is probably some sort of obstruction in the line. If you experience a backup in multiple drains when you flush, however, that more than likely means your main sewer line is blocked. To avoid this potentially expensive problem, make sure you never flush items such as diapers, napkins or even facial tissues. Over time, these items will accumulate in your sewer line and eventually cause a clog. However, you might have a more serious problem such as a collapsed line. Older homes often have cracked, broken or collapsed lines because their pipes are made of clay or cast iron. These materials can degrade over time. Cooking oil should be poured into a heat-resistant container and disposed of properly, after it cools off, not in the drain. Washing grease down the drain with hot water can cause significant problems. As the grease cools off, it will solidify either in the drain, the property owner's line, or in the main sewer causing the line to constrict and eventually clog. If you have continuing problems with tree roots in your lateral, you may have to regularly have the roots cut by a professional. Install a backwater prevention valve, which is a fixture installed into a sewer line in the basement of your home or business to prevent sewer backflows. A properly installed and maintained backwater valve allows sewage to go out, but not to come back in. Be sure to use a qualified plumber. Let the professionals take care of any type of sewer system backup you might be experiencing. We will walk you through the process and show you exactly how we plan on fixing your problem. That way you won’t have to worry about any kinds of surprises. If you want to get ahead of plumbing problems, one of our licensed plumbers can come to your home, perform a thorough check up and let you know what types of maintenance services you may need.

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