How to Prevent a Sewage Backup

Blocked sewage pipes can be a source of real stress in your home. Dealing with a sewage backup is not a pleasant affair, yet it is a typical scenario in many homes. A backup happens when something is blocking your sewer line and preventing the smooth drainage of wastewater and products. You end up having a messy and stinky situation that calls for emergency plumbing service.

However, to avoid having to deal with blocked sewers now, and then, it is essential to take the following tips into consideration.

Check the Condition of the Sewer Pipes

Some things find their way into sewer pipes without your knowledge, and their presence there can be damaging. They include the following:

Grease - When you pour greasy water down the drain, you might be tempted to think that the grease will flow like any other liquid. This could not be further from the truth. The fact is that once the grease cools, it solidifies and hardens. In this state, it builds up in the pipes and with time becomes a hard mass that causes a blockage.

Solids - Apart from human waste and used tissue, avoid having other types of solids down your drainage pipes. Hygiene products, food leftovers, diapers and other items that do not dissolve in water should be disposed of in the trash bin.

Wipes - It is conventional thinking that wipes can be flushed down the toilet just like tissue paper. Many wipes brands in the market are promoted as "flushable", but unfortunately most of them can easily get caught in the plumbing lines causing a significant blockage.

Hair - The longer the hair that finds its way into the drainage pipes, the higher the risk of blockage. It would be better if you considered using drain-guard products on your shower, which will let water drain without allowing anything else trying to find its way down the drain.

Trees - Trees are significant culprits in causing sewer line blockages. Tree roots usually penetrate the surface and the sewer lines and cause an obstruction. Depending on their direction of growth, they can also change the course of your plumbing system.


Sewer line blockage can be a source of real stress because of the stench that comes from the obstruction. If you are not careful about the things that you allow down the drain, you might soon be dealing with a mess that will require the services of an emergency plumber. It is always best to involve the services of a professional in trying to unblock your sewer lines. Have them inspected and implement strategies to keep them flowing freely. Taking care of your sewer lines can be as simple as ensuring that no solids or grease are put in the drainage system.

About Me

Plumbing: Installing New Pipes

If you need to install new pipes in your home, it is important you seek out professional advice and help. My name is Richard. Last year, I decided to try and install new pipes in my home as the old ones were noisy and leaking. However, I made a real mess of it and as a result of my botched DIY plumbing, my family had no water for several days. Thankfully, when I called a plumber, he was able to quickly install the pipes in the proper way. Since this incident, I have been teaching myself all I can about home plumbing. I hope you like my blog.



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