A backed up sewer is a big mess that no homeowner wants to deal with. After all, not only can it cause costly damage to your home and possessions but it can also create an unhealthy environment for you and your household members. With that in mind, it’s best that you know as much as you can about blocked sewers.
In this article, the water and fire damage restoration experts of Action Restoration reveal the common causes of backed up sewers and how to prevent them from happening.
Backed Up Sewers: The Common CausesThere are few common causes that can lead to a backed up sewer and most of them can happen any day of the year. One such cause can be tree roots, which may grow to the point that they puncture the sewer line beneath your home and block it. Structural defects, improper installation and broken pipes are also other causes of backed up sewers.
While the causes mentioned above can happen any time of the year, there is one cause that will most likely only occur during the winter: a frozen septic system. If your septic system is frozen, it may impede water movement and cause the sewer line to clog and back up, requiring an immediate fix. If you happen to face this issue during the winter, call the fire restoration and sewer backup repair services of Action Restoration, Inc. to rectify it immediately.
Tips to Avoid a Backed Up Sewer Line This WinterIf you’re seeking to prevent a sewer line backup this winter, consider following a few tips before the season arrives. These tips include the proper disposal of grease, as it can cause blockage in your sewer line if allowed to build up; putting hard-to-grind items in your garbage disposal; not flushing non-water soluble items down your toilet like tampons or baby wipes; and regularly testing your sump pump to see if it’s still in top shape or have one installed if your home doesn’t have one.
Alternatively, you can also take additional steps to keep your sewer vent from freezing. To accomplish this, work with a professional to install some additional insulation or a heating element in your attic to help keep your sewer vents thawed.
For your ice, fire and flood damage restoration requirements, don’t hesitate to turn to Action Restoration. When it comes to water removal and cleanup services, we are professionals to count on. Give us a call at (616) 200-8946 or fill out our contact form to get started today!