Managing Sewage Backups


Sewage backup can be a complete nightmare when it happens, mainly because of the mess it creates and the cleanup process involved. However, there are ways in which you can clean up this problem and make sure that it does not happen in the future. To do this, you need to understand the root of the problem.

What causes a sewage backup?

When your sewage backs up, it means that the main sewer line has reversed back into your system, going all the way back into your basement. Even though you should constantly check the sewer line from time to time by yourself or with professional help, there is no guarantee that some glitch will not affect the system at some point in the future.

What You Need To Do

  • Check all your sinks, pipes, and toilet and bathroom systems to remove any kinds blockages that might have influenced the backflow.
  • If there are no signs of a blockage, the problem has probably come from a glitch in the plumbing system within and you will need to call in the services of a professional plumber.
  • Note that at times blockages could emanate from the roof vent.
  • Depending on the jurisdiction, the city might also be of help. If you are not sure your city can offer this service, call up and ask.
  • Take precautions against sewage backups as they could pose potential health risk. Try to avoid contact with sewage entirely. Inhalation or skin contact with sewage can pose a serious health risk. Use rubber soled shoes, surgical rubber gloves and facemasks as protection against the sewage contents.
  • For example, if sewage water has reached up to a level such that it is in contact with electrical appliances, you should avoid stepping on it. A good precaution would be to switch off all power at the basement level the moment the flooding starts.

Avoiding sewage backup in future

You need to hire a professional contractor to install a backwater valve system in your line to avoid a backflow in the case of a rainstorm or any other eventuality that could lead to sewage back up. There are different kinds of valves used to plug the system and all have different levels of efficiency. Double and triple valve systems will be a solid solution and come with a level of assurance.

When your sewage backs up, you need to evaluate the problem and see if you can do it yourself or whether you need the help of a professional. Besides this, you should take precautions such that the sewage problem does not pose danger to you or any members of your family through electrocution when the water encounters your live electrical connections.