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Preventing Sewage Backups
By Jim Brown
There are three reasons to take a proactive approach instead of a reactive approach when thinking about sewage backups:
Preventing a sewage backup is cheaper than cleaning and repairing after it happens. Sewage cleanup costs are significantly higher than prevention costs. Sewage cleanup can be even more expensive if your insurance policy doesn't cover it.
- Property Value
The sewage system is one of the problems looked for during property inspections. Once sewage problems are detected, they may decrease property value.
Sewage backups can deteriorate health conditions and cause illness of your property's occupants.
Basic Sewage Backup Prevention
There are 6 basic sewage backup prevention techniques:
Hire a professional to perform a sewer inspection. This procedure will provide you with an accurate report on your sewer's condition. Sewer inspections will also help with finding roots and structural damage to your sewer lines, allowing you to make necessary repairs before you experience a sewage backup.
- Make Repairs
Do not overlook any problem in the sewer lines. For example: if you experience slow drainage after using the bathroom, then there must be something stopping the water from draining properly. Hire a professional to fix the problem immediately.
Maintain your sewer system properly by avoiding flushing large objects such as diapers and feminine products down the toilet.
- Backwater Prevention Valve
Install a backwater prevention valve. A backwater valve is a fixture installed into your sewer line and into a drain line in the basement to prevent sewer backups. A backwater valve works on a one-way system, sewage can be flushed out, but cannot flow back.
Installation costs may vary and are dependent upon the type of plumbing and the difficulty of installation.
When grease goes down the drain, it eventually cools off and solidifies either in the drain or in the sewer. When this happens the line constricts and eventually clogs.
Be careful when planting trees and bushes around your sewer line. If you have problems with tree roots, you may have to have them cut periodically.