Proper sewer lines and systems help your home to feel clean, safe, and functional. Sewer smells and backup can make you feel uncomfortable in what should be your safe space. A sewer backup can come from many different problems, but there are some common causes that homeowners can look for.
S&B Plumbing has multiple sewer services that can improve sewer function in your home. Strong odors or sewage in your tubs or sinks is not fun to deal with. Working with our professional plumbers at S&B Plumbing is the best way to deal with common sewer problems.
1- Old Sewer Systems
Sewer systems are made of durable materials, but they are not meant to last forever. If your sewer system was installed a while ago, your sewage backup problems could come from the old system.
Because many sewer systems are aging out, the number of sewer backups and overflowing systems has increased. Sewer systems in large towns will eventually start to wear down, and since many homes are all on the same system, many homes will have issues all at the same time.
2- Tree Roots Piercing Your Pipes
Large trees around your home can be great for curb appeal, shade, and childhood activities, but they can be really damaging to your sewer system. Trees grow strong and have long roots the older they get. These roots can stretch across the majority of your home and can pierce your sewer lines.
Tree roots can also be extremely heavy and wrap around the sewer lines eventually crushing them. Once the roots have infiltrated your system, they will need to be cut away and the pipe may need to be repaired or replaced in order to help your sewer and piping systems function properly. The longer you let these problems occur, the more backups and damage your home can experience.
3- Heavy Rainfall Or Gutters Feeding Into The Sewer System
Excess water and severe weather can lead to flooding and backup of different kinds in your home. Some systems have gutters and downspouts leading directly into the sewer system which can cause sewage to come up in your drains, tub, or even your yard. Water will cause the sewage system to reach its limit and it will cause sewer backup inside your home.
4- Municipal Sewer Problems
When the larger sewer system in the city has a problem that has not been properly addressed, wastewater can start to seep into homes or cause flooding. The best way to solve this problem is to call a professional plumber to help and call your local public works department. This problem often doesn’t have early warning signs and creeps up slowly on multiple homes across the system. It is also important to report large amounts of sewage or water in your home.
Dangers Of A Sewage Backup
The inconvenience of sewage problems is obviously a major problem, but there are health dangers that come with sewer backup. Dirty water and sewage can lead to mold growth, and bacteria spreading through your home, and make those who experience allergies feel worse.
Avoid breathing in raw sewage or coming in direct contact with it. This puts you at risk for diseases like Gastroenteritis, Hepatitis A, Salmonella, E. Coli, Giardia, Rotavirus, and more. These can all pile up and severely affect the physical function of your body.
The constant backup of sewage can corrode your pipes as well. This means that your other piping and plumbing system as a whole can suffer and make doing daily tasks very difficult. Repairing old pipes, and sewage systems, and having plumbing inspections will help to protect your home from sewer backup.
Improving Your Sewer With S&B Plumbing
Our family-owned business has been serving our community for over 25 years. We are passionate about improving home and plumbing systems in the state of Utah. Improving your plumbing system can be done with routine plumbing checks, watching for warning signs of sewer backup, and working to keep your drains clear. We are dedicated to sewer cleaning services and other plumbing services that homeowners may need.
Whether you need to use our 24-hour emergency services or schedule an appointment, our friendly team is here to serve you! Contact us to get started.