Dangers of Sewer System Backups

Sewer system backups are not foreign to many homeowners but they need to be seen as far more serious than a mere annoyance. When your sewer system backs up – ΑΠΟΦΡΑΞΕΙΣ ΠΕΡΙΣΤΕΡΙ , liquid and solid waste both back up into your house, entering pipes that were never meant to hold waste. When this happens, it can release toxins and bacteria into your kitchen sink pipes, bathroom sink pipes, even back up into your washing machine!

If you’re smelling something bad coming from your pipes, you’re actually inhaling the bacteria and toxins that are coming up through your pipes from a sewer system backup. As gross as that is, it also poses a significant health hazard that must be remedied as soon as possible, as you really do not want any sewage caused diseases. 


The impact of sewer system backups

Every pipe in your house connects at some point to a large pipe that drains all of your excess water and waste into the city sewer system. The mainline that leads away from your house is the sewer line.

When there is a blockage anywhere from the pipes which lead into the sewer line or in the sewer line itself, you’re going to be dealing with a sewer system backup. This primarily means that when you flush your toilets, the waste has nowhere to go and will back up into other areas of your plumbing.

Sewage can back up into any pipe connected with the main sewer line including your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and even washing machine connections! Sewer backups are not only harmful to your health but potentially damaging to the rest of your plumbing, you must always prepare for sewer backup emergencies.

Reasons for sewer system backups

There are several reasons for clogged sewers and, unfortunately, many of them need a professional to fix. Clogs are the easiest possible reason to fix. When a clog gets trapped in the pipe, it prohibits water and waste from draining into the connecting sewer pipe. A plumber can find the clog and push it through, opening up your pipe to again drain properly.

A more complicated reason for sewer system backups is due to tree roots forming inside the pipes. When this happens, water and waste flow can be obstructed or cut off completely. Only a plumber is able to adequately fix this issue and repair work should never be attempted without proper equipment and training.

How to prevent sewer issues

Proper maintenance of your plumbing system is the most important thing you can do to prevent clogged drains, pipes, and sewer systems. By having a plumber come and regularly clean your entire pipe system, they’ll be able to prevent tree roots from taking hold inside your pipes.

It is always better to employ steps of prevention than waiting until you’re experiencing drainage issues and need to fix pipes that have roots inside. Once tree roots take ahold of a pipe inside, if left too long, the pipe will need to be replaced altogether.

If you’re experiencing issues due to clogging, there are several steps you can take to ensure your system flows freely. First, be sure you’re only flushing toilet paper down your toilet. Even items listed as flushable shouldn’t be used, as your pipes were not meant to flush anything other than toilet paper. And this is the simple secret to preventing sewer backups. 

Sewage backup health risks

Sewage carries toxic viruses and bacteria. Likewise, it can carry toxic substances like pesticides, fungi, and protozoans. There are more than two million sewage-related illnesses each year. Contaminants in sewage water are harmful and even toxic to humans and animals. Therefore, deal with sewer clogs immediately.

Sewer backup symptoms

If you notice water bubbling from other drains, this is a clear sign something is wrong with your sewer line. Are you running the washing machine and hear a gurgling in the kitchen sink? Do you notice water in the basement after you take a shower? Take note of these symptoms and call a licensed plumber to take care of the problem. 

Foul smells

Stenches are also a clear sign something is wrong, especially if the smells linger. Odors indicate sewage isn’t draining properly, and could potentially be coming in through your drains, which is a major health hazard. 

Slow or still water around drains

Does water take a while to drain after a shower or a bath? Do you notice sitting water around drains? If so, a sewer line clog is a likely cause.

What causes water sewer backups

According to the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, the number of sewage backup incidents is increasing at a rate of about three percent. This is considered an alarming number by experts in this field. While not all basement flood damage is due to sewage backup, there are some main culprits. These include:

Tree roots in sewer line

As they seek moisture and nutrients from organic material, tree roots wiggle into service pipe joints and cracks. These tree roots in the sewer line quickly grow into a major clog and sometimes, destroy the pipe. If you have (or your neighbor has) mature trees or those with invasive root systems, watch out for this problem. Usually, a camera inspection is the first step to verify if tree roots in the sewer line are the source of the problem. The tree’s owner is commonly responsible for the cost of clean up and repair.

Pipeline combinations

Some municipalities combine stormwater and raw sewage pipelines. During heavy rainfall, the volume exceeds the pipe system’s capacity. As a result sewage backup flows into basements and other low-lying drains.

Blockages in the sanitary main

Occasionally, there’s a blockage in the city’s sanitary main. Typically, the symptoms present slowly over time. If you suspect seepage around your basement’s floor drain, for example, request a licensed plumber from – Αποφράξεις Αντωνίου. May to assess the problem and any damage. If, however, sewage water enters your home rapidly, report the problem immediately to your public works office.


Old sewer systems

In a study performed by the American Society of Civil Engineers, (ASCE) they rated the wastewater systems in the U.S. with a D+ and drinking water a D. Why? There are more than 800,000 miles of public sewage pipes in the U.S. and the majority of water mains and pipes were laid in the early to mid-1900s. With a projected lifespan of 75 to 100 years, several are already crumbling.

Sewage backup fix

Sewage camera inspection

First, a licensed technician performs a camera inspection. During a camera inspection, the plumber feeds the line through the main sewer line. The camera captures video of the inside of your sewer line. With a transmitter to pinpoint the location of a blockage, our licensed plumbers confirm the exact location of and reason for the sewage backup. This process eliminates the need for guesswork which saves time and money.

Discuss options

Once our plumbers assess the problem through a camera inspection, they provide you with options for repair and/or replacement. We work with you to select the best option for your home, health, and wallet.

Sewer line replacement

There are two options for replacement: traditional trenching and trenchless repair.

Traditional trenching

Otherwise known as the “open cut” or “trench” method, traditional trenching requires a backhoe or other heavy machinery to open the work area. This allows our technicians to access the damaged portion of the pipe. This may be a large disruption of your yard, but it may be less expensive for you. We make every effort to keep the area as clean as possible while working.

Trench less repair

Also known as a pipe bursting or no-dig excavation, this method causes less damage to your yard than traditional trenching. Instead of opening up the entire area, our technicians open a small access hole where the damaged parts start and end. Then, they use a hydraulic machine to pull a replacement pipe through the old path. This method costs more but causes considerably less damage. They may end up saving you money in the long run.

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