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Avoid and Recover From Sewer Backups

7/31/2021 (Permalink)

Split drainage pipe caused by ingress of tree roots Tree roots in your pipes can cause a sewer backup.

Sewer Backups: How to Avoid Them and Recover

When the sewer backs up, you may experience much more than damage from flood water. You'll also be at risk of the destruction of your property, expensive damages to your home, electrical malfunctions, long-lasting illnesses, and lasting odors. The best way to avoid these unpleasant circumstances is to act immediately. A quick response is the best way to prevent mold growth, further damages, and an increased amount of inconvenience.

Identification of Problem Areas

The first step in avoiding these consequences is to understand the most common causes of sewer backups. These include:

  • Old sewer systems
  • Single pipeline for sewage and storm water
  • Tree roots
  • Blockages in the city sanitary main

Homeowner Responsibilities

Did you know that homeowners in White House, MO, are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the pipeline between their house and the city sewer main? Part of your responsibility includes any part of that sewage line that extends into public streets or rights of way. If that line becomes cracked or filled with tree roots, you'll be responsible for any repairs and other remedial actions. You can protect yourself from some of the financial burdens with the appropriate insurance coverage, but routine professional inspections are the best way to protect against any financial or legal sewage loss.

Prevention

You can also prevent backups in the lateral sewer line and protect against mold growth with several easy actions.

• Properly dispose of cooking oil and other forms of grease.
• Don't flush paper towels, diapers, wipes, and feminine hygiene products.
• Keep tree roots maintained.
• Replace old plumbing pipes.
• Hire a plumber to correct illegal connections.
• Install a backwater prevention fixture.

Expert Remediation

When flooding does occur, a thorough cleaning and remediation may be necessary to prevent mold growth, ongoing damage, and unpleasant odors. Work closely with a remediation company and immediately take steps to disinfect plumbing systems and home surfaces. Professionals should provide you with further instructions for appropriate cleanup, including disinfection and deodorization.

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