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Sewage Backup Can Happen to You (and What to Do)

March 5, 2018

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Sewage Backup Can Happen to You (and What to Do)

Any homeowner who has experienced a sewage backup before knows what a nightmare it can be. A sewer line backup can be caused by things like tree roots growing into pipes or wrapping themselves around a sewer line, clogs in your home’s pipes or the city’s main line, punctured pipes, or deteriorated drains and lines. When a backup happens, waste can get pushed back through the line and into your home through toilets and drains.

This is obviously a messy, very unpleasant home disaster—but thankfully, one that you can avoid if you know what to look for. Here are a few signs that you might have a sewage backup:

Toilet problems.

If your toilets aren’t operating normally and flushing/plunging doesn’t seem to help, it could be a sign of a sewer backup and not just a minor toilet clog. Toilets go right to the main sewer line so in the case of a sewage backup, problems might originate here. Take note of rising water as well as toilet water that doesn’t go down when flushed.

Weird sounds from other drains.

When water is blocked by a clog, it’s going to get forced out in other places. If you flush the toilet and hear sounds in the shower or sinks, it is a sign of trapped air in the plumbing system. You might notice bubbles or sloshing noises after flushing the toilet or in your sink when water is draining.

Multiple clogged sinks.

If many or most of the sinks in your home are clogged or draining very slowly at the same time, that’s a sign of a bigger problem. Especially pay attention to whether the drains getting clogged are in bathrooms or other areas you don’t use very often.

Stinky drains.

Probably an obvious sign, but put your nose on high alert. If there is a consistently foul odor coming from your drains, it likely means that sewage trouble is brewing.

Washing machine issues.

Sewer backups can cause problems with the operation of the home’s washing machine. You might notice that water draining out of the washing machine causes your toilets to overflow or shower drains to back up.

If you see any of the above, don’t wait—call AOA Cleaning & Restoration. There’s a good chance your sewer line is backed up and ignoring the problem will only make it worse. It’s important to act before damage happens. Our certified specialists will quickly identify the problem and let you know what needs to be done.

And of course, if you’re dealing with damage caused by a sewage backup, we can help. Sewage cleanup is best left to professionals because of the contamination and importance of remediating all damaged structures. We’ll treat your property and any belongings that have been damaged, making sure your home is clean, disinfected, and safe for your family.

Call us at (201) 848-8600 to learn more about our sewage cleanup services.

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