Tips on How to Prevent a Sewer Backup in your Household

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It’s widely known that rainwater floods can cause a great amount of damage to houses and become the precursor of basement flooding. Apart from soaking an entire household, there is also another problem brought by floods which is called a sewer backup. You see, if the sewer pipeline has become clogged, it causes the sewage wastes to stagnate and even go back to the drains. If there is a massive flood then there is a high chance that the rainwater will carry the sewage wastes to your household, becoming a health hazard while damaging your precious home. Here are some tips on how to prevent a sewer backup in your household.

Don’t turn your toilet into a garbage can

Perhaps the easiest but most effective way you can avert a sewer backup disaster from happening is by not turning your toilet into a garbage can. In most cases, the sewer line gets clogged due to various objects that are flushed down the toilet or drained into the sink. It’s important to keep in mind that the toilet is directly connected to the sewer pipe so anything that’s flushed into the toilet will go down the sewer line immediately. Avoid flushing dental floss, wipes, diapers, cotton, tampons, etc. Some wipes that are labelled “disposable” can still cause clogs since these items can be easily flushed but can still accumulate and block the sewer pipe. Keeping your sewer pipeline free from such trash and wastes is a sure way to prevent a sewer backup.

Install backflow preventers of BFP

If there are still threats of sewer backups then you need to play it safe and just install a backflow preventer. Once this device is setup, it can be efficient in keeping your house free from sewage backup. For those of you plan on setting up a BFP, be sure to have a licensed plumber to do the installation so that it will be properly fitted. After the device has been installed, you must do inspections and maintenance to have the BFP in optimal condition at all times. Hiring a plumber to do a maintenance check-up is also viable.

Obstructions from tree roots

Some species of trees and even shrubs can be a liability to your home, since their roots are able to enter the sewer pipes and become obstructions. Not only will these roots block the sewer line, it will also cause damage to the inner linings as it continues to grow and feed on the water and gain a hold on the soil. With the sewer line blocked, the threat of a sewer backup is imminent. You’ll be able to trim down the roots, but for a more permanent solution, you need to extract the tree together with its stump. Positioning the trees away from the sewer line is also a smart way to avoid the roots from intruding the sewer pipeline. Also, there are some tree species that are actually not aggressive and therefore, can be planted on your lawn without you worrying about the sewer pipes.

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