Preventing a Sewage Backup: Protecting Your Home from a Sewage Backup During Severe Storms and Hurricanes
As we near the kick off of storm season, it’s time to give your sewage system a check so you don’t have a sewage backup. If you in areas prone to severe storms and hurricane or have had a sewage backup before, here are some ways to prevent future damage.
Use Your Drains Properly
Most sewage backups occur because too much of the wrong thing is sent down your drains. Over time, these things build up and form clogs. To keep your drains and sewer lines flowing smoothly, only use your drains for their intended purpose.
Avoid putting grease, fats and oils, fibrous or starchy foods, or coffee grounds down your sink drain. Even with a garbage disposal, those items can cause clogs in drain pipes and sewer lines.
Bath and Shower Drains
Hair is the biggest concern for bathroom drains, so install a hair catcher to prevent buildups. This will also keep other solid items from going down the drain too.
Aside from regular human waste, the only thing that you should flush is toilet paper. Never flush hygiene products, paper towels, diapers, or any other solid item. Despite their name, you should void flushing “flushable wet wipes” too.
Install a Permanent Plumbing Solution to Sewage Backups
While using your drains properly will help, you may want to consider a permanent plumbing solution if you’ve have a sewage backup before or are in an area prone to heavy rains, severe storms, or hurricanes.
1. Floating Backflow Drain Plugs
Installing floating drain plugs to open floor drains to prevent sewage backups. A float hangs into your drain, allowing wastewater to flow down into your drain. Sewage flowing back up the drain push the float closed. This forms a seal and prevents a backup.
In some cases, you can install floating backflow drain plugs yourself, but certain circumstances may require professional installation. While they are effective when installed properly, they aren’t designed to work on all drains.
2. Backwater Valves
Offering better protection than floating backflow plugs, our local plumbers can install a backwater valve. The backwater valve works similarly, with a valve installed in your main sanitary sewer line instead of the drain.
A flapper allows sewage and wastewater to flow away from your house but prevents sewage from flowing backward from the street into your house. In some cases, a basin and pump are installed to force sewage out to the street.
3. Overhead Sewer System
With a normal system, sewage moves through a mostly straight pipe. In an overhead system, a below ground well stores sewage before being pumped to a sewage line above the sanitary head. Gravity then drains it out to the street.
While an overhead sewer system provides the best protection against a sewage backup, it is usually necessary to reconfigure your current wastewater system. For a better idea of how an overhead sewer system will protect you, contact one of our local plumbers.
Dealing with a Sewage Backup, Flooding, or Other Storm Damage
Unfortunately, sometimes you don’t know you have a plumbing or sewage problem until it’s too late. If you have a sewage backup or other type of storm damage related to hurricanes or severe storms, our restoration specialists are here to help.
While every situation is slightly different, our sewage removal crews are available to pump out the sewage, then clean and disinfect affected materials. Reconstruction and remodeling services are also available.
If you live in an area prone to sewage backups, floods, or severe storms, our expert restoration crews can even install one of the plumbing solutions mentioned above to prevent future sewage backups and damage. Call 1-888-443-3110 for emergency sewage cleanup and water damage restoration.