22 Jun. 20

What You Should Know About Sewage Backups

No one ever wants to think about their home becoming flooded by a sewage backup. But unfortunately, it can and does happen from time to time. However, in many cases, the filth and contamination of a sewage backup in your home can be avoided if you know what to watch for and take action at the first sign of a problem.

What Is A Sewer Line?

First, every homeowner must understand that every home has a sewer line or pipe. This is the one pipe that connects all of your home’s drains to the city sewer system. The drains coming from all of your tubs, showers, sinks, and toilet converge into this one pipe that carries all of the dirty water and waste out of your home. And if that one pipe becomes clogged or damaged, the waste is going to eventually back up into your home.

Fortunately for residents, whenever you have a sewer line backup, all you need to do is call (806) 787-6501. The licensed plumbers from Action Air & Plumbing are available 24/7 to provide emergency service for sewer line issues.

Common Causes Of Sewer Backups

  • Sewer line clogs are the most common cause of a nasty sewer backup. The culprit could be something that was flushed down a toilet, like paper towels or trash, or something that was forced down a sink drain. If you notice that all of your home’s drains are clearing more slowly than they once did, you will soon be experiencing a sewage backup unless you call in the pros at Action Air & Plumbing. A professional drain cleaning is the only way to blast away clogs and residue that create issues inside your drain and sewer pipes.
  • Damage to your sewer line can also result in a backup of sewage in your home. Because the pipe is buried in the ground, it is susceptible to crushing, cracking, and invasion by fast-growing tree roots. When the pipe becomes damaged, waste and water cannot flow through it to the city sewer. Eventually, that nasty waste fills the pipe and begins to back up into your home. The sewer line specialist at Action Air & Plumbing uses a tiny camera to locate any damage to your sewer line and then provide you with cost-effective options to repair the damaged section of the pipe.
  • Not all sewer line backups can be prevented, some are acts of nature. Heavy rain and flooding can result in the city sewer system being overwhelmed. When this happens, the city sewers are too full, and the waste from your house has no place to go but back into your home.

Dealing With A Sewage Flood

After you have had your sewer line issue repaired by the pros at Action Air & Plumbing, there is still the task of cleaning up the mess in your home. And it is essential to know that this mess is not only smelly and nasty, but it is also contaminated with human waste. Without proper cleanup, the sewage can create serious health risks for you and your loved ones.

You want to clean up the mess as quickly as possible to avoid extended exposure to the parasites and bacteria that can be lurking in the waste. Cleaning and sanitizing the area is essential. Be sure to wear protective gear, including boots, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, and eye protection. If you have any open wounds, cover then with waterproof bandages. And once that is completed, be sure to properly dispose of all cleaning materials like towels and rags in a large, sturdy trash bag.

It is essential to understand that a slow clearing drain is an early warning sign of a more serious issue. As soon as you find that your home’s drains are slow to clear, a call to (806) 787-6501 is the only way to avoid a nasty flood of sewage in your home. We offer 24/7 emergency service so that you never need to worry about a sewage backup or who you can trust to fix your sewer line issue quickly, professionally, and at a reasonable cost.