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Sewage Backup: When To Call a Professional

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

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When Should You Hire A Professional For Sewage Backup?

If you return to your Newcastle, WA, home and find sewer backup in your bathtub or sink, you know it’s time to call a plumber. Regardless of where the blockage may be, the main sewer line may force dirty water up, resulting in bathtub backup. Getting to the root of the cause makes it easier to know if you should handle the mess yourself or get cleanup assistance from a professional storm and water damage restoration company.

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There may be a number of reasons that your sewage line back up. Typically, there will be signs, such as gurgling or slow draining. The main causes of a sewer backup include:

  • Tree Roots: Trees need water, which means their roots will go wherever they can find them. For homeowners, that may mean roots pushing into pipes and creating holes or crushing lines.
  • Clogs: Regardless if it is a clogged toilet or the mainline, there is the potential for sewage to make its way where it shouldn’t. Since a home’s water system all leads to one place, grease, hair and other materials being flushed or rinsed down the drain may quickly lead to a backup.
  • Damaged Lines: Depending on where you live, the sewage system may have old pipes that are prone to corrosion or decay.

If it is determined that the above is causing the problem, there’s a good chance that there will be minimal sewage leaking in. Once the problem is corrected, it can be cleaned if safety protocols are followed.

Flooding Requires a Professional

Another source of sewage issues is heavy rain and floodwaters. If that is the cause, there is also a good chance that there will be unwanted water in other areas besides the bathtub. Along with sewage, that floodwater may contain other contaminants that will require special equipment and gear to ensure it is properly cleaned.

A sewer backup is never a fun situation. Finding the cause is essential to fixing the issue and determining what cleanup method is best.

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