Sewage Problems In The Home
Oct 17, 2019
HOW TO AVOID SEWAGE MISHAPS
Sewage in your home can be a big health risk and can compromise structures if not addressed immediately.
Listed below are signs to look for that may suggest you have a potential sewage problem brewing.
- You notice that several drains are draining slow or are backed up.
- Multiple drains are draining slowly or stop up, the issue is likely with your main sewer line.
- Water Backs Up into other drains
- Water gurgles in other drains when using a different plumbing fixture.
- Smelly or soggy yard. An unusually smelly or soggy yard may indicate a problem with your main sewer line.
- Sewer Cleanout Is Backed Up. The sewer cleanout is a pipe that allows access to the sewer line. Homes built prior to 1978 may not have a sewer cleanout
ROOMS MOST LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED
Sewage can affect any room in a home or business, but it usually affects rooms where sewer lines enter the building typically basements and crawl spaces. However, sewage backups may occur in any room with a drain, including kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
Open floor drains in basements pose the biggest risk of a sewage backup, but sewage can back up into any drain in the basement. Drains in basement bathrooms and laundry rooms also pose a significant risk of sewage backups.
Sewage may also back up into crawl spaces as well. Due to limited access and confined spaces, sewage cleanup and restoration poses an additional challenge.
Sewage can also backup in kitchen drains, potentially causing significant damage and contaminating cabinets, walls, and flooring with viruses, parasites, and bacteria. Depending on the severity of the backup, sewage may also damage or contaminate kitchen appliances like refrigerators and ovens. Kitchen sewage backups are more likely in properties without basements or when basements have no open drains.
Sewage can also backup in bathroom sink drains and toilets, potentially causing significant damage and contaminating cabinets, walls, and flooring with viruses, parasites, and bacteria. Bathroom sewage backups are more likely in properties without basements or when basements have no open drains.
Laundry rooms, especially those located in the basement, are also prone to sewage backups. Typically the backup occurs in the utility sink, but in rare cases, it may back up into your washing machine as well.
Becoming aware of the signs of potential problems, and the rooms where sewage mishaps can occur, will help to reduce any sewage damage to your home.