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Common Causes of Sewage Backup

Sewage Backup Cleanup

What exactly is sewage backup?

It is important for home and business owners to know what to do in the event of a sewage backup.

When functioning properly, each pipe in your plumbing system only allows wastewater to flow in one direction.

This is a crucial component of the plumbing system’s design that guarantees the safety of your home.

The water you get from your taps comes directly from your main water source.

All your wastewater leaves your home through drains and the sewage line

Your faucet’s water shouldn’t be using the same pipes as the contaminated water you just flushed down the toilet.

A backup is when water enters your plumbing system from the opposite direction.

These sources include toilets, washing machines, dishwashers, outdoor pools, sprinkler systems, and gutters.

What causes sewage backup?

Typically, PVC, cast iron, clay, or orangeburg are used to make sewer pipes.

Sewer pipes will inevitably deteriorate and collapse as they age, causing backups.

There’s no issue with connecting your gutters, downspouts, and sump pump to storm sewers.

During severe storms, water can flow through gutters and sump pumps.

Tree roots can spread widely and pose threats to your sewage lines.

Roots enter service pipe joints and cracks in sewer lines, where they can grow and cause damage and obstructions. 

Hair, a buildup of cooking oil, or other solid substances can cause clogs in your home’s drain pipes.

Typically, this issue develops gradually and presents no early warning indications.

Sewage backups also cause health hazards!

Two things should worry a homeowner with a sewage backup issue: health hazards and property damage.

Sewage backups have the potential to contaminate your water with numerous dangerous substances.

The inhabitants of your home may become pretty ill due to these toxins just like mold contamination.

A few of the bacteria commonly found in sewage that can harm humans are E. coli, Hepatitis, and Leptospirosis.

You can prevent backup issues before it’s too late.

Though most notice sewage backup only after the deed has happened.

Here are some quick ways to look into the issue before it occurs.

Be sure to contact ASAP Restoration if you detect any of the following signs:

  • Differences in water pressure
  • Strange or terrible taste of water
  • Dirty or discolored faucet water
  • Regular clogs in faucets
  • Toilets don’t flush or backup flushed water
  • Bubbles near the drains
  • Multiple blockages in different drains at the same time
  • Drains emitting sewage scents or unpleasant smells

When there is a blockage in the sewer lines, the water pressure in your potable water line usually goes down.

Backpressure in one part of the system makes the water in nearby places start to flow backward.

ASAP Restoration has the experience and expertise to help you out! 

If you want to know more about sewage backup, you can have an expert solution consultation.

ASAP Restoration is Phoenix’s leading restoration agency for fire damage and water restorations. 

We are your one-stop shop for water damage cleanup services, mold damage mitigation, and reconstruction.

With a single phone call, your property will be on the road to restoration. 

If your home is already dealing with a sewage backup, call our team with ASAP Restoration for help today!

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