Sewer Backup Damage
A sewer backup creates a stressful and emotional situation for the homeowner/ renter. A proper response to a sewer backup can greatly minimize property damage and diminish the threat of illness.
The sewer lateral is owned and maintained by the property owner including any part, which may extend into the street or public right of way. More often than not, the cause of a backup in your lateral is from items that the line is not meant to handle, such as kid’s toys, towels, diapers, paper products other than toilet paper, keys and even false teeth. If everyone would be careful about how they dispose of certain products, our systems would be a great deal more efficient, cause fewer backups, cost us all less money, and prevent a lot of misery.
If you experience a sewer backup, stop using any water immediately! If you are not using any water and the sewer backup levels keep rising, the blockage is in the City sewer line. In many lakeshore areas, the City sewer line is located in the yard between the house and the lake. In this case, you will need to contact a sewer cleaning service see list below to clear the blockage in the service line.
Sewer backup problems are the most difficult and expensive to correct, and can cause the worst damage. This sewage can be coming from the street drain near your house, if the sewers are filled up further down the line, or if they are blocked from leaves and debris. In the worst cases, the sewer can have enough pressure to completely fill your basement if the water level is higher than your foundation somewhere else on the sewer line. However, if there is enough pressure in the sewer system, the sewage will rise through the wash machine drain connection, utility sink, and basement bathroom fixtures.
Here are a few steps you can take to help prevent this problem. Do not put dairy products, fats, oil, grease or greasy foods down the garbage disposal or drain. Freeze small amounts of fats, oils and grease in a lidded container and dispose of it in a trash receptacle. Mix small amounts of cooking oil with an absorbent material such as cat litter or coffee grounds, place it in a lidded container and dispose of it in a trash receptacle.