Floods are commonly known for causing water damage to homes. When flooding occurs, sewage from surrounding sewer lines can back up, and flow through the drain pipes. The backup not only causes damage to the things the sewage touches, but repairing the problem can be expensive. If left damaged, health concerns are created.
In most cases, homeowners do not have coverage for sewer backup issues, which means that all costs will have to be paid out of pocket by the homeowner. Many people fail to realize that as a homeowner, there are certain responsibilities that you must maintain your property. The pipeline that runs from the sewer main supply that is located under the street and into your home is maintained by the property owner. There are a few things that could cause a sewer backup.
Tree Roots Blocking The Pipes
The most common cause of sewer backup issues seen by Austin sewer backup companies is tree roots. Shrubs and trees that are looking for a water supply will make their way into cracks in the sewer lines, resulting in an extensive amount of damage. The shrubbery may start out small, but overtime, as the tree grows its roots will continue to expand. This expansion can create a blockage in the sewer line.
The Cities Sanitary Main
Sewer backup in your home could be the result of a blockage in the city’s main lines. If the problem is not detected by the city in time, the sewage can begin to seep into the homes that the lines supply. Usually, this is something that happens slowly, giving the homeowner ample time to call a licensed plumber to assist. If the water begins entering your basement at a rapid speed, call the public works office to report the issue.
Stagnant Water In The Basement
Most basement flooding that occurs is not related to sewer systems. The issue usually occurs because of soil settling into the lines, leading rainwater flowing into the building. This occurs predominately in older homes, where cracks may have developed overtime.
If the problem is not repaired promptly, health concerns can arise. Stagnant water in the basement is just as hazardous as sewage water, if left setting for long. Insects will swarm to the water, spawning and releasing foul odors into the water.
You Can Prevent Sewage Backup Problems
Most sewage related plumbing issues can be prevented. There are a few things that all homeowners should do to decrease their chance of dealing with a sewage backup issue. First, all grease from cooking needs to be properly disposed of. Never pour any cooking oils down the drain.
No paper products should be flushed down the toilet. Paper products, such as paper towels, diapers, and feminine products can cause a potential backup. These products do not deteriorate as quickly as bathroom tissue, overtime a backup can result. To prevent tree roots from growing through the pipes, install new plastic pipes. Plastic pipes do not have as many cracks in the line, which will stop the trees from growing into them. And lastly, hiring a professional plumber to periodically perform plumbing system maintenance and cleaning is very important in reducing the chances of having a flood.