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Preventing Sewage Backups


Preventing a sewage backup is always cheaper than repairing the damage a backup can cause. Many of the things we subject our pipes to every day put our plumbing and sewer system at risk. Sewer backup happens when the volume of water and sewage flowing into a sewer system exceeds its capacity. Keeping your system clear from obstructions is key. It's important to know the do's and don't's when it comes to our pipes.

  • Do not put fat down your drain: Be sure to dispose of cooking fats properly. Down the drain is not a place for leftover bacon grease. Over time, grease will line your pipes and passageways will be reduced, which will, in turn, promote a clog and ultimately, a sewer backup.
  • Do not put large items down your drains and toilet: Again, these items can build up in the sewer system and cause a backup. Large items include sanitary items and those dinky cars your toddler loves to take for a swim in the toilet.
  • Do not plant too close to the house: Think twice before planting that favourite shade tree. One that is too close to the house can send roots through your sewer system and invade your pipes.

There is plenty we can do to avoid a sewage backup.

Has your sewage system been inspected? Professionals can tell you if there is a problem now with your pipes, or whether there may be a problem in the near future. Having your system cleaned out periodically will keep things running well. As the property owner, you own the sewer pipe from your house to the city sewer system.

  • Improve drainage. Be sure that the grading on your property encourages water to flow away from your house. Keeping rainwater from entering your house through the basement will go a long way in preventing a backup.
  • Seal any openings or cracks in floors, walls, foundations and windows and seal any window wells. If your downspouts are connected to your home's sewer system, disconnect them. During heavy rainfall, the system could be overloaded, causing a backup.
  • Have a backwater prevention valve installed. These valves are installed near the an exit in the home where sewage is carried from the house to the city sewer and prevents sewage from flowing back into the home should the system become overburdened.

Keeping your plumbing in good working order is essential. It's important not to forget about those parts of our house that we can't see. There's not much worse for your home than raw sewage. Keeping sewage where it belongs will save you time, money and the stench that comes with a sewer backup. With a little prevention, a plumbing backup will not be in your future.

If you have a problem with your plumbing system or would like it to be inspected to prevent future problems please Contact A. McKenna Plumbing LTD.