You will want to do everything in your power to make sure that you never have a sewage backup in your home. Raw sewage backing up in your home is exceptionally disgusting and exposes you and your family to an extreme health risk. Bacteria from the waste can make you extremely sick. These bacteria can permeate your house and can be hard to get rid of. You will more than likely need to call a cleaning company to come out to clean your home if a sewage backup occurs. Also, the floors may need to be replaced, and your walls can be damaged.
There are several things that you can do in preventing sewage backup.
- No illegal plumbing connections. You will want to make sure that you have no unlawful plumbing connections hooked up. This includes having your sump pump hooked to the line in your sewer. If you have it set up like this, it can cause a backup into your home. Check to make sure that all of your plumbing fixtures are hooked up legally. If you have any questions about whether it is or not, call a local plumbing professional to ensure that it is. If you are not sure what is legal in your area, contact your local city government.
- Proper grease disposal. Many people think it is perfectly okay to pour grease and cooking oil down the drain. However, when you pour grease or oil down the drain, it solidifies. This will cause a clog in the drain or in the main sewer line itself.
- Sewer lateral. It is your responsibility to make sure that you maintain the lateral that connects the city sewer main and your home. If it is filled with tree roots or is cracked, it can lead to backups in your home.
- Replace pipes. Consider replacing your existing pipes with plastic piping. Tree roots cannot break through this plastic, which will create a more secure sewer line.
- Backwater prevention valve. Consider installing a backwater prevention valve. It will let sewage go out, and it will keep it from coming in again. This is the best line of defense when it comes to sewage backup.
- Paper products. Never flush disposable diapers, feminine products, and paper towels down the drain. These will take a long time to dissipate and can create a clog in the line.
If you want to know more about preventing sewage backup, contact the Original Plumber today. They will be able to come out and assess your sewer line to ensure that you have no risk of a sewage backup.
If you suspect something is wrong with your drain lines or the sewer itself, it will need to be addressed as soon as possible. For example, if you have a slow drain in the kitchen sink or your bathroom, this can indicate something is going on with the sewer line. If it goes untreated, the block can become more significant, and eventually, sewage will start to backup in your house, causing costly repairs. Call The Original Plumber today to ensure that you do not have any issues with your sewer.