In all homes, there are a few major systems that need most of your attention: HVAC, plumbing, electrical, roofing, and the foundation. These systems are costly to repair, so you want to make sure you catch issues early. If you have issues with the plumbing in your home, this could lead to sewage backing up and requiring extensive restoration to get your home back to normal. Here are a few signs there might be trouble brewing in your plumbing.
A backup into the house's drains is common. Hair and soap typically accumulate in the p-traps underneath sinks and showers, causing intermittent backups in other locations throughout the house. However, if multiple locations in the house experience a single backup, it is a sure sign of a blockage in the sewer system.
Inspect frequently blocked sewers for signs of scaling, roughness, or disconnected sections of pipe. Oftentimes, this happens in older cast iron pipes because of the way they deteriorate from the inside out. In some cases, pipes that aren’t sloped properly can lead to frequent clogs. To fix this issue, you might need to dig out the pipe to make sure it’s installed correctly.
Sewage Backing Up Into Other Pipes
Another indicator of a line breakdown down is sewage backing up into a sink or tub that's not in use. It’s important to note, however, that smells coming from a sink that isn’t frequently used could just be a sign that the p-trap water has evaporated. Try running water through the sink and see if it drains properly. However, if the sink doesn’t drain well, it could be caused by an obstruction in the main line or poor ventilation in the sewer system. It's recommended to contact a professional if either of these issues persists.
Of course, if you have sewage water backing up in your home despite trying your best to prevent it, we are always available to help with remediation to make your home like new again.
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