Sewage backups are unpleasant and expensive to repair. If there is a sewage backup, you may feel helpless. There are some things homeowners can do after a sewage backup has been cleared from their property. This could cause serious structural damage or health problems. There are many reasons you may have a sewer backup. Here are some ways to prevent it from happening.
What Are Sewage Backups
Many homeowners have been asking this question for years. Most common are roots in the sewer line or stormwater.
- Tree roots grow into sewer line
- Tree falling on the sewer line
- A blockage to the main line can be caused by construction on a neighboring property
- External force breaking the main pipe
What to do if your house is affected by sewage backup?
Knowing what to do if your house is affected by a sewer backup is vital.
Turn off the Main Valve
Clear water should come out of the sink or shower drain. Use a plunger to turn off the main valve. It may be worth placing a bucket underneath the overflow pipe to catch any water that isn’t being used.
Clear up Flood Space
If there is sewage backup, it can be dangerous to enter a contaminated area. Cleaning up contaminated areas can be time-consuming and tedious.
Don’t Use Your Toilets
Human waste can build up in pipes. To stop this from happening, shut off the main water supply.
Contact a Long Beach Plumber
After a sewage backup occurs, it is a good idea to call a Long Beach plumber. A plumber will have the experience and knowledge necessary to clean up the pipes and drains. Sometimes the plumber may need to replace damaged pipes. This all depends on the cause.