Sewer backup is a nasty experience that no homeowner wants to go through. Not only can it ruin parts of your house, but the sewage also contains a lot of germs and bacteria that can make residents very sick. If you do experience sewer damage and a backup occurs, call Soil-Away as soon as possible. They are experts in sewage cleanup and sanitation. Before it gets to that point, though, there are things you can do as a homeowner to minimize the risk of a sewer backup. Here are three tasks that can prevent sewer backup.
Be Careful What You Put Down the Drain
Certain items should never be put down the drain as they lead to clogging in the sewer lines. Don’t put things like grease, oils, coffee grounds, and eggshells down the kitchen sink. In the bathroom, never flush tampons or baby wipes. By not putting these things down the drain, you will maintain the health and quality of the sewage line, making it much less likely to back up.
Be Aware Where You Plant
Did you know the roots of plants can cause sewage issues? The roots are looking for water and will grow towards the sewer line. When you are planting new trees and plants in your yard, be sure to keep them far away from the sewer line. If pre-existing trees are encroaching on the sewer line, you may need to cut the roots to avoid a sewage backup.
Call a Professional
Sometimes the key to prevention is calling in a professional. Because of this, hire someone to inspect your sewer line. They can tell you if it is in danger of backing up. Sometimes it is necessary to install a valve system to prevent backups. If you discover that tree roots are growing into the sewage line, you will need to call in a tree professional to cut back the roots.
Sewer damage is an urgent matter as it can cause backups into the house. If a backup occurs, call a disaster restoration service such as Soil-Away immediately. They will help clean up the water, assess the affected areas, and remediate mold. If you haven’t had a sewage backup, get started on prevention tasks today. Be extremely careful about what you are putting down the drain, be careful where you plant trees, and call in professionals to assess the sewage line. Contact Soil-Away today for more information about how you can prevent sewer backups.