What Is A Sewer Backup?

Most people rarely think about the sewer system in their home until the toilet, bathroom drain or kitchen sink gets clogged. That is when they start paying attention to the needs of their sewer system. A backed up sewer line can spew effluent inside your home. This will obviously force you to hire a reputable plumber who can offer the best plumbing services. This is an emergency since you will not be able to take a shower or bath because the floor of the bathroom will be full of wastewater.


Warning Signs Of Sewer Problems

sewer backupThere are three main signs of a backed up sewer line and they are all easy to notice. In fact, they cannot be ignored. They include:

  • Gurgling Sound: When washing dishes in the kitchen sink, taking a shower or flushing the toilet, you may hear a gurgling sound coming from the drain as the water drains away. This is a good indication that either your main sewer line or secondary lines have a problem.
  • Water Backing Out of Your Drains: Imagine going to the bathroom to take a shower only to step into a pool of wastewater. Obviously, that is a serious problem which requires urgent attention. A clogged sewer line will not allow any water to flow into the septic tank or the municipal’s main sewer line. This means wastewater from your kitchen sink, or even the toilet, may find its way into the bathroom floor.
  • Foul Smell: When your sewer lines get clogged, you will start smelling a foul odor coming out of the sewer system. Ideally, you should take urgent steps to address the problem before it gets worse.

Causes Of Sewer Backup

Sewer backup is mainly caused by blockage of the main sewer line. This blockage can be due to:

  • Improper Use of the Sewer System: Flushing non-biodegradable waste down the toilet is one of the main causes of sewer blockages. Used condoms, polythene bags, cooking oil, diapers, sanitary towels and toothpicks can be blamed for most sewer blockages.
  • Poor Maintenance: Blockage of sewer lines can also be caused by poor maintenance. Ideally, trees growing around the septic tank or sewer line should be uprooted. Alternatively, their roots should be cut to prevent them from penetrating into the sewer line and clogging up the system.

If you live in an old house, consider replacing the sewer lines connecting your home to the municipal’s main sewer line or your septic tank. If you have a homeowners’ insurance policy covering sewer backup, you can file your claim after fixing the problem. Some policies may even reimburse you for any hotel accommodation and food consumed away from home during the period. Just remember to keep receipts for any expense you incur to support your claim.

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