Avoid the Risks of Overflowing Sewage, Look Out for These Early Signs

Your home has several drain lines carrying wastewater away from your toilets, sinks, tubs, etc. These lines are connected to a huge main sewer line, which sends all the waste from your home to your septic system. When it’s clogged, the drain lines cannot function and cause dirty and contaminated water to back out of your fixtures.

This is when sewage backup happens. Aside from the cost, it also results in property damage and health hazards. Plus, you cannot DIY cleanup and repairs. You need specialized tools and equipment, and professional skills to handle it. If it’s too late, call biohazard cleanup professionals right away, such as PuroClean. Make sure to visit their biohazard page to learn how it works.

Otherwise, look for these early warning signs before it happens:

1. Sewage-Like Odor from Your Drains

If you notice a persistent foul smell or sewage-like odor coming from any of your drain lines, it could be a sign of a sewage backup. Sometimes, it’s simply a clogged drain caused by hair, garbage, food particles, or waste. Effective homemade unclogging mixtures, like baking soda, water, and vinegar, can do the job. 

Start by pouring down a pot of boiling water on your drain, followed by 1/2 half cup of baking soda. After five minutes, pour a solution of 1 cup each of vinegar and water down into the drain. Wait for 10 minutes for the baking soda and vinegar to loosen up whatever is clogging it. Then, flush it with another pot of boiling water.

If it doesn’t work, you have to call experts immediately. If not, it can cause a more severe sewage problem, requiring the services of professionals. Visit this page if you’re nearby Plantation, Florida, to check services about odor removal caused by sewage, smoke, etc. 

2. Slow-Flushing Toilet

It could be a drain problem when your toilet bowl is no longer swirling water down the drain. You may try a plunger to clear out any clogs. If it fails, it’s a potential main sewer line problem.

Leaving the main sewer line unrepaired can cause a sewage backup. If inhaled, it releases physical, airborne contaminants that can cause vomiting, fever, cramping, and some forms of gastroenteritis. 

3. Bubbles

Bubbles or gurgling noises coming from your drains are due to trapped air inside. While air is a natural part of a plumbing system, it becomes a problem when pressure builds and affects your sink’s P-trap seal. P-trap is the U-shaped portion of your pipe designed to trap liquid, gas, or any unwanted flow entering your house while allowing waste materials to pass through.

If there’s pressure, a vacuum will pull air through the P-trap when water flows down the drain, causing bubbles and gurgling noises.

It could be easier if this is due to an incorrect P-trap installation. Unfortunately, it’s harder to diagnose exactly where the blockage is if it’s because of a clogged drain. If you can’t identify where the clog is, call your local plumber. 

4. Tree Roots

Older homes may have poorly connected sewer lines constructed out of clay or other porous materials. If trees surround these houses, the tree roots naturally search for water. The roots expand and rupture if they grow into the sewer pipes. 

If your sewer lines draw unusually slow and you hear gurgling sounds in your toilet, it could be a sign that roots have invaded your sewer pipes. If you ignore drainage issues caused by tree roots, they will grow larger over time and worsen the problem.

5. Cleanout Pipe Sewage

Some sewer lines can be directly accessed through a capped cleanout pipe located in basements or outside the house. If you see sewage water coming out of your cleanout pipe, it may be due to a clogged sewer line that’s pushing water back up and through it. 

Wastewater often accumulates in the cleanout pipe as the backout builds, causing overflows. In addition to signs of sewage backup, inspect your cleanout pipe for standing water.

PuroClean is not only a biohazard cleanup company but also specializes in mold removal, water damage restoration, and fire damage restoration services.