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Preventing Sewer Backups

Mar 9, 2024 | Sewage Damage Restoration

Preventing Sewer Backups is Crucial to Safeguard Your Home, Apartment Building, or Business.

Here are some effective measures you can take to prevent sewage backups

Install a Backup Water Valve:

  • Backwater prevention valves significantly reduce the risk of damage during sewer backups.
  • A licensed plumber can install a water valve in your sewer or drain lines. This valve allows sewage water to flow out but prevents it from flowing back into your home.

Dispose of Household Waste Properly:

  • Avoid flushing items like paper towels down the toilet, as they don’t decompose quickly and can clog sewer lines.
  • In the kitchen, ensure proper disposal of cooking grease. Pouring it down the sink can lead to pipe blockages.

Inspect and Trim Tree Roots:

  • If you have noticeable tree roots in your yard, consider having a professional trim them back. This reduces the risk of roots growing into your sewer line.  A professional sewer and drain cleaner can inspect and clean out roots that have grown into your mainline sewer connection to the city.
  • Upgrading old pipes or installing

Sewer Line Video Inspections:

Sewer line video inspections can help you assess the health of your plumbing system. The frequency of inspections depends on several factors, including the age of your home, the type of pipes, and the surrounding environment.  After a flood or fire disaster, Premiere Restoration may use a sewer line video inspection to find hidden damage to the mainline plumbing under your home or business. Sewer lines may be blocked with debris, or firefighting or powerline equipment may have crushed or broken the sewer pipes.

Signs of Sewage Backup Trouble:

Even if you’re not due for a routine inspection, consider one if you notice any of the following signs:

  • Backup in toilets, bathtubs, or showers.
  • Unpleasant odors from drains.
  • Gurgling sounds in pipes.
  • Frequent drain clogs.
  • Slow drainage.
  • Water pooling in basement drains.
  • Washing machine backups

Remember that sewer backups are typically not covered by standard homeowners insurance. To enhance protection, consider adding water backup coverage to your policy, which can help cover repairs after a sewer backup

Signs of Sewage Backup Trouble

Even if you’re not due for a routine inspection, consider one if you notice any of the following signs:

  • Backup in toilets, bathtubs, or showers.
  • Unpleasant odors from drains.
  • Gurgling sounds in pipes.
  • Frequent drain clogs.
  • Slow drainage.
  • Water pooling in basement drains.
  • Washing machine backups

Remember that sewer backups are typically not covered by standard homeowners insurance. To enhance protection, consider adding water backup coverage to your policy, which can help cover repairs after a sewer backup

 Act Quickly When You Have Sewage Damage

The Premiere Restoration sewage damage technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC), an independent accreditation that sets and also helps bring about high standards and integrity in the assessment, cleaning up, and restoration service industries. We’re also 100 % insured and licensed and the leading sewage damage restoration provider in Mankato and all of southern Minnesota.

Call Premiere Restoration, (800) 543-0813, at the first sign of sewage damage. We guarantee to dispatch a crew within 15 minutes of your call.

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Fire, water, mold damage, and natural disasters and accidents can occur anytime. Act quickly to recover and restore your damaged possessions. With our state-of-the-art contents cleaning trailer, we can clean much of your damaged personal property on-site.

We provide Contents Restoration to homes and businesses in Mankato and all of Southern Minnesota, including FaribaultLake CrystalNew UlmNorth MankatoOwatonnaSaint Peter, and Waseca.