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Signs That Your Sewer Is In Danger Of Backing Up

Signs That Your Sewer Is In Danger Of Backing Up

A sewage backup is a serious issue for homeowners, as the foul, backed-up water likely contains dangerous bacteria, microbes, and viruses that can cause illness. The hazardous bacteria can easily spread between individuals and can cause air-borne contamination. Sewage backup can also lead to damage to drywall, flooring, and electrical wiring. Sewage backups can be caused by damaged pipes or buildup, but there can be indications or signs that a backup is imminent. The following changes to your sewage systems could be a sign of compromised pipes that may lead to sewage backup. If you notice them, call a restoration company to intervene to avoid sewage backup and the related dangers and costs.

Indications Of Damaged Pipes That May Cause Sewage Backup

Changes In Your Lawn. If pools of odorous water appear on your lawn it may be due to sewage leaks beneath the surface. Swampy areas, sinkholes, or depressions in cement can all be indicators of a pipe leak. Patches of lush plant growth can also be an indicator of a pipe leak, as the nutrient rich water promotes increased growth. These sections of growth may appear as patches or as a line, depending on how the pipe is damaged. The pipe damage indicated by these patches of lush greenery or swampy areas may mean that sewage backup is likely to occur soon. If you notice either of these, call your restoration expert to get proactive assistance.

Odd Sounds. If you notice unusual noises when you run your faucet, flush your toilet, or pour something down the drain, you may have blockages or other damages to your pipes. The sounds are likely caused by air entering where it should not or by water struggling to properly drain due to clogging. If you hear new or odd noises, have a restoration expert complete an inspection so that you can avoid sewage backup.

Slow Drainage. If it takes a long time for your drains to empty, there may be buildup, roots, or cracks in your pipes. Buildup can be remedied on occasion with chemical cleaners, but this should not be considered a regular solution and should not be repeated if it does not work the first time. Overuse of these cleaners can damage your pipes. If you have a pipe with repeated slow drainage or if slow drainage afflicts multiple pipes, you will require a professional cleanup.

Pests. Rodents can flatten themselves to get into incredibly small spaces and can squeeze into cracks in your sewage pipes. Insects also may enter through any cracks. Having pests in your house is an indicator of faulty pipes or structures in the house, and it is also a health hazard as pests often carry germs and other health hazards. If you notice an increase in rodents, insects, or both, call your local restoration experts.

Prevent Sewage Backup By Calling 24/7 Restoration In Calgary

Sewage backup is a horrible ordeal for homeowners and taking preventative measures can save you a lot of time, stress, and money. If you notice any of the above, call the experts at 24/7 Restoration in Calgary to prevent sewage backup before it damages your home and puts you and your family at risk of bacterial infections. The experienced 24/7 Restoration Sewage Backup Cleanup service team is skilled at managing, cleaning, and treating dangerous sewage. We are equipped to handle all sewage issues, including hazardous Category 3 water contaminations. If you suspect you will have issues with sewage backup, call our Calgary location at 1-403-247-4365 or fill out the contact form to prevent any future damages. 


Q: What happens when I call 24/7 Restoration for sewage backup service?
A: We offer a 24-hour emergency line that will immediately connect you with one of our accomplished project managers. We will promptly inspect the damage while providing the education and clarity needed to help you now and in the future. Once we have made a plan together, our team of expert technicians and plumbers will get to work with care and diligence, repairing your current needs and safeguarding you from any potential future issues. When you choose to work with 24/7 Restoration for your Sewage Backup needs, you can expect:

  • A skilled, experienced, and IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified team
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Daily monitoring for secondary issues such as mold buildup
  • A dedicated person on-call to answer any and all of your questions

Q: Is sewage backup covered by insurance?
A: This depends on your insurance policy and you will have to confirm with your Calgary insurance provider. Often sewage backup is covered if you have a sewer backup coverage policy or if the damage that leads to the backup is deemed as unpreventable. Because of this, it is better for homeowners to pay attention to the warning signs listed above and to call the experts at 24/7 Restoration in Calgary before sewage pipes back up so that you can avoid major damages to your home.

Q: Can I use bleach to clean up my own sewage backup?
A: No. While bleach kills 99% of common household germs it DOES NOT remove or kill the contamination caused by black water.  While bleach may clean the stains associated with a sewer backup the contamination left behind still pose significant health risks.

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