Sewage backup is a serious problem for many homeowners in the US. If not properly addressed, it can cause damage to walls, floors, furniture, electrical systems, appliances, and other possessions. Not only will a sewage backup set you back financially because of exorbitant costs, it will leave you and your family vulnerable to several health risks. Sewage water contains bacteria, fecal matter, viruses, and other microorganisms that can cause disease. You need only come in contact with contaminated material in your home for these disease carrying organisms to be transmitted to you. Children and pets are particularly vulnerable.
Here’s how you can prevent a sewage backup in your home.
Maintenance is Key
If you’re like many homeowners, you may not have realized that it is absolutely your responsibility to maintain the pipeline between your home and the sewer main. Many residents assume it’s the municipality’s responsibility, but this isn’t the case. You’ll need to maintain the lateral to avoid tree root growth, cracks, and deterioration.
Dispose of Grease Properly
It can be convenient to dump cooking oil down your drain when washing the dishes, but it’s a mistake many homeowners make. When the oil cools down, it congeals and solidifies in your drain. This ends up clogging the drain or the main sewer line.
Again, many people use their toilets to trash things they don’t want others to see. Things like sanitary pads, diapers, paper towels, cloth rags, and other inappropriate objects. These objects take long to deteriorate and will end up clogging your drain.
Clean Your Drains
Cleaning your drains on the regular will go a long way in keeping sewage backups at bay. However, you must avoid using chemical drain cleaners because they damage drains over time. Instead, use baking soda, warm water, and vinegar.
Schedule a Thorough Inspection
Residential plumbing isn’t most people’s forte. This is especially the case when it comes to things like sewer systems. However, having your sewer system inspected every once in a while is important if you wish to stave off major issues like sewage backup. Hire a professional plumbing service to conduct a thorough inspection. Professional plumbers will be able to identify problems that could lead to issues in the future and provide expert recommendations on how to handle potential problems.
If you’ve started noticing signs of sewage backup in your home, you shouldn’t waste anymore time in contacting a professional plumbing service.