Do Sewage Backups Present a Health Risk?The worst thing about sewer backups is the serious health risks they present. As unfortunate as it is, sewer backups bring with them the chance of exposure to any of the following diseases and ailments:
- E. Coli
- Helicobacter Pylori
What Causes Sewage Backups?Before we can help you learn to prevent sewage backups, we should first describe what causes them. Otherwise, determining which prevention methods will work for your situation is a nightmare. Generally, sewage backups are caused by:
- The Age of Your Sewer System: An aging and deteriorating sewer system is the primary culprit behind most sewage backups. Unfortunately, if you have an old sewer system, then even backflow and backup prevention devices won’t do you much good. Contact us to learn more about what you can do if you have an aging sewer system.
- Storm-Sewer Combined Pipelines: A storm drain connected to a sewer line is what we mean by storm-sewer combined pipelines. Due to the debris from the storm drain, combined pipelines increase the risk of clogs and sewage backups. So, if your property has a storm-sewer combined pipeline, then you’re at a higher risk of a problem. Contact us (or continue reading this article) to learn about how to prevent backups for those types of sewer systems.
- Tree Roots: Tree roots actively seek underground water sources. So, your since water flows through your sewer line, tree roots naturally grow towards, and sometimes into, them. When tree roots grow inside your sewer line, they increase your risk of a backup event. The only way to know for sure that tree roots are causing your backup problems is to hire us for a thorough sewer camera inspection.
How to Prevent Sewage Backups at Your Home or BusinessOkay, if you’ve been following along, you know a little more about what causes sewer backup problems. Now, let’s talk about preventing them. To prevent sewage backups you can:
- Cut Tree Roots: Have trees near your sewer line? If so, cut back the root systems periodically. Doing so will go a long way towards preventing tree root-caused sewage backup problems.
- Ditch the “Flushable” Wipe Habit: We’ve said it before, and we’ll probably say it again, but any personal wipes labeled “flushable” are anything but. Stop using them. They cause significant sewer problems and are terrible for the environment. Remember, the only things you should put down the toilet are water, human waste, and toilet paper. Absolutely nothing else goes in the toilet. Ever.
- Stop Dumping Grease, and Cooking Oil Down the Drain: While cooking oil and grease are in a liquid state when hot, after sitting in a drain or sewer line for a while, they solidify, causing clogs and backups. Furthermore, solid waste sticks to grease, fat, and oil, creating backups, too. To properly dispose of cooking fats, immediately pour your fats into a metal container (like a coffee tin) and then dispose of them in the trash once cool. Don’t pour them down the sink.