Flooding and sewer backup can cause a huge amount of damage to your home. Some of the biggest jobs we handle are water damage related to flooding, and many of those are caused by a sewage backup.
Why Do Sewage Backups Happen?
Simply put, sewage backups take place when damage or something obstructs wastewater from draining away from your house. These backups can happen due to:
- Combined pipelines
- Old sewer systems
- Blockages in sanitary main lines (clogs, tree roots, etc.)
- Heavy rains/local flooding
Flooding due to sewer backups is extremely serious as water can damage everything it touches in your home: furniture, walls, floors, electrical systems, etc.
Protect Your Home From Sewage Backup & Flooding
Common signs of a sewer backup are unpleasant smells coming from your drain, standing water around a floor drain, gurgling toilets and washing machines, and slow drains.
There are a few ways to reduce the risk of sewage backups in your home.
Dispose Of Grease Properly
Don’t pour grease down your drains! Cooking oil hardens in your pipes and creates clogs that can block drainage.
Don’t Flush Anything Other Than Toilet Paper
Flushing other paper products like paper towels or hygiene products can easily clog your sewer line. Even if products claim to be “flushable”, play it safe and dispose of them in the trash instead.
Install A Backwater Prevention Valve
This is a valve installed onto the sewer line in your basement that allows sewage to leave your home but not come back in. Contact your local plumber to find out if this could be a good option for your home.
Install A Sump Pump
If your home doesn’t have a sump pump, consider installing one. You’ll need to contact a professional for advice on what type of pump would work best for your home.
These pumps can move water out of your home when gravity alone doesn’t work and other models can help keep underground water from seeping into your home and damaging your foundation.
Call Lake City Restoration For Help
Sewage backups and flooding in your basement can be dangerous to your health and need to be addressed immediately.
If you’ve noticed water in your basement or any of the signs of sewer backup, call us right away. Our restoration specialists are available 24/7!