Insight To Help You Repair And Clean Up After A Sewer Backup

Posted on: 17 March 2018

When a toilet or other drain overflows in your home and causes raw sewage to flood your home, it is important to remedy the problem as soon as possible. Raw sewage can bring disease and bacteria to come into your home and the moisture can cause mold and mildew growth. Here are some tips to help you deal with a sewage back-up.

Repair Clog

When you are dealing with sewage backing up into your home, it is best to determine what has caused the line to clog so you can repair it. A sewer line can be clogged from debris just below your toilet or sink drain, or can be located much deeper within your sewer line. You should first try to use a plunger to push the blockage through the pipe. If you are completing this on a double sink, be sure you have someone plug the drain on the other side of the sink to keep pressure in the sink when you use use the plunger.

If a plunger does not clear the line, you can try removing the blockage with a household sewer auger or snake. Push and run the snake down through the sink or toilet to remove the blockage. You can remove a clog deeper down the lines with your auger by accessing the drain clean-out access, which is usually situated in your basement near where your home's sewer drains into the city sewer.

Call Professional Plumber

A sewer line may also be collapsed due to an aging pipe material or from tree roots growing within your sewer line from the surrounding soil. When using a plumbing auger or a plunger does not remove a blockage, you may need to call a professional plumbing service to determine the extent and condition of the damage to your pipe. Your plumber can use their camera to complete a visual inspection of the interior of your sewer line, and can even find out where the damage is located to repair the line.

Hire Clean-Up

Once a plumber has remedied the blockage and is on the way to restoring proper drainage to your sewer line, you will need to clean up any raw sewage inside your home. This requires the services of a professional clean-up to remove any hazardous waste and the chance of disease in your home.

When dealing with clean-up without the occurrence of raw sewage, it is important to remove the moisture and dry out the area. Your professional clean-up crew can handle this, which will reduce and eliminate the chance of mold and mildew growing within your home.