From storm flooding and backups to broken drainage systems, there are many causes to a sewage backup. No matter the cause, our local Sewage Damage restoration professionals are here to clean up sewage backups and water damage of any size.
Sewage spills are related closely to flood events. Whether you have a small spillage from a toilet overflow, or if large areas of a building are contaminated due to a blocked/burst stack pipe the sewage damage restoration Houston team can assist promptly.
Clogged Sewer Lines
A growth of solid materials in your main sewer line will prevent wastewater from flowing out to the municipal sewers. Clogs are typically caused by a combination of fats, oils, coffee, food waste hair, toilet paper, flushable wipes, and soap residue.
Tree Roots Growing in Sewer Lines
Tree roots are able to grow through sewer lines, cause a blockage. Once roots invade your sewer line, they must be cut out. Your sewer pipe may need to be repaired or replaced as well. Let our experienced professionals assess the sewage damage after a sewage backup and restoring your home or business to its original condition.
Cracked or Collapsed Sewer Lines
Sewer lines are strong, but they will weaken and even collapse over time. This can go ahead to a sewage backup into your home even in your yard.
Gutters, Downspouts, and Sump Pumps Routed into Sewer Lines
Connecting gutters, downspouts, and sump pumps to sewer lines may cause a sewage backup during heavy rains. Sewer lines are not designed to handle that amount of water and they are likely to temporarily backup when overwhelmed.
Problems with Municipal Sewer Lines
Municipal sewers can also cause a sewage backup for all of these same reasons. Even as a municipal sewer backup is usually related to heavy rains, clogs and blockages can make the situation even worse.
SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOUR SEWAGE LINES
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- Several Drains Run Slow or are Stopped Up
- If numerous drains drain gradually or stop up, the issue is likely with your main sewer line.
- Water Backs Up Into Other Drains
- Water will gurgle in other drains when using a different plumbing fixture.
- Smelly or Soggy Yard
- An unusually smelly or soggy yard indicated a problem with your main sewer line.
EFFECTS OF A SEWAGE BACKUP
There are a number of effects due to sewage backups. Sewage poses the same danger of cosmetic and structural damage with an added potential for major health risks. Depending on the category of water concerned in the sewage backup, it poses a risk of containing bacterial and viral contaminants, parasites, and mold. The longer you wait to have sewage cleaned up, the greater the risk of these contaminants.
Health Risks, Contamination, and Mold
Due to the nature of sewage, it is likely to contaminate porous materials with dangerous bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Even the fumes from sewage pose a risk. Mold is also grow once a sewage backup, especially if it’s not properly cleaned up.
Sewage can stain and discolor ceilings, walls, carpeting, and floors, damage furniture and fabrics, weaken drywall and plaster, and tarnish metal surfaces after just a few hours of exposure.
Depending on the volume of sewage, it can severely weaken or permanently damage structural elements to your property. Drywall and plaster may disintegrate and crumble and wooden studs and subflooring can warp or split.
Damage to Appliances and Electrical Systems
Sewage will also damage to appliances, including washing machines, dryers, hot water tanks, furnaces, dishwashers, and refrigerators, as well as electrical outlets and wiring.
Damage to Personal Items
Sewage can pollute or even demolish personal assets like furniture, personal electronics, televisions, photographs, books, musical instruments, and many other items.
IF YOU HAVE A SEWAGE BACKUP, WHAT TO DO
Stop Using Water
If you have one or more of the common signs of sewage line problems, or have a sewage backup, avoid running water and flushing the toilet to prevent further damage. Throw more water down your drains will only make the sewer backup complex. If feasible, you should shut off your main water supply line.
Avoid Using Drain Cleaners
Repair the cause of a sewage backup, drain cleaners are more likely to sit on top of the sewage backup and never get to the problem. Also, the chemicals in most drain cleaners are hazardous. They can poison you and your pets as well as corrode your plumbing fixtures.
Call a Plumbing and Restoration Company
Cleaning up sewage by yourself can be dangerous. Sewage contains parasites, bacteria, and viruses that can cause significant health risks, including Hepatitis A, rotavirus, Norwalk virus, E. coli, Salmonella, Leptospira, Cryptosporidium parvum, and Giardia intestinalis.
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