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What you need to know about sewage backups

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Sewage backups can be messy! Did you know that a sewage back up is considered a biohazard?

It usually begins with a gurgling... or a slow drain. If you notice either, your number may be up. When confined to a single drain, you probably don't have anything to worry about - break out the plunger or pull out that hair clump. But if the tub is backing up when the toilet's flushed, or the kitchen sink appears to drain straight to your basement, you could have a major problem. The sewer drain could be backing into your building drain.

Did you know...

  • The most common causes of sewer backups are tree roots clogging pipes, FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) going down the drain, and connecting things like french drains, sump pump discharges, and other flood control systems to the sanitary sewer system (which is why such connections are usually not permitted). Blockages in main sewer lines can also be caused by soil settlement over time or collapsed pipes.
  • "Flushable" wipes aren't so flushable: utilities around the country have found them to be the chief culprit in many a clogged main sewer drain. Trash them!
  • Municipalities with combined sewage and storm water systems are at a higher risk of being inundated by severe rainfall, resulting in backups.

Sewage backups can put you in a messy situation but we can take care it quickly! If you suffer a sewage back up, call 252-208-7888 for a quick response and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

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