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Sewer backups are a serious problem that can cause a lot of costly water damage very quickly, if water comes up drains and pipes and begins flooding basements or bathrooms. While homes at low elevations are at particularly high risk, a sewer backup can happen to almost anyone if there are problems with your sewer main line.
As a NJ homeowner, there are things that you can do to prevent sewer backflow and protect your home from the resulting water damage. Regular sewer inspection and sewer cleaning for maintenance, along with sewer backflow valve installation, can prevent serious sewer backflow from happening. To find out more, or to schedule same-day sewer repair service in as little as 45 minutes from your call, call us any time at A1 Sewer & Drain Services, at 201-645-0888.
Watch What You Flush to Help Prevent Sewer Backups
One of the best ways to prevent sewer backups is to minimize the risk of your sewer pipe getting clogged from materials that you’ve flushed down toilets or washed down drains. As NJ sewer plumbers, we frequently see sewer main lines that are backed up because of gunk and debris that have accumulated inside the pipes, ultimately blocking wastewater and leading to backflow.
There are quite a few things that can clog up sewer pipes, and it’s not always what you’d think. Many paper hygiene products aren’t flushable, even if the manufacturer specifies otherwise. Some of the things that are likely to clog up your sewer lines include:
- Paper towels
- Feminine products
- Cigarette butts
- Kitchen grease
- “Flushable” wipes
If it’s not toilet paper, it probably shouldn’t be flushed. There’s a lot of confusion about whether certain feminine products are flushable, but if you ask a NJ plumber, the answer will be a resounding “no.” Many a woman has been embarrassed by a sudden sewer clog that was ultimately caused by feminine products.
Other Sewer Maintenance: Prevent Sewer Backups by Catching Problems Early
Washing what you flush can go a long way toward preventing sewer backflow, but masses of paper towels aren’t the only thing that can cause your sewer line to back up. Serious problems with the sewer pipe, like serious breakage or tree root infestation, can also obstruct wastewater flow through the pipes. These problems can be challenging for homeowners, since the sewer line is underground and not readily accessible without sewer inspection cameras and other professional plumbing equipment.
Tree root growth and general pipe corrosion can allow sand, dirt, and sediment into the pipe, clogging it. Tree roots themselves are also notorious for quickly blocking off sewer lines once they start growing inside. Annual sewer inspection can help you spot problems early, getting sewer repairs sooner rather than later to prevent sewer backflow.
Many NJ plumbers also recommend annual or biannual sewer cleaning with hydro jetting. Hydro jetting is a quick process that uses water at very high pressures to break apart and wash away debris inside the sewer pipes, preventing them from getting clogged enough to start backing up. Sewer cleaning and sewer inspection can also find and remove tree roots, and identify leaks and cracks that can be fixed with sewer relining and other sewer repair techniques.
Sewer Backflow Preventer Valves: A Line of Defense for Your Home
To help further prevent sewer backflow in your home, you may want to consider sewer backflow valve installation. Sewer backflow preventer valves are designed to stop water from flowing up into and out of basement and bathroom drains, providing a helpful line of defense in case of a sewer clog or collapsed sewer pipe. In some low-lying areas where the house is lower than the sewer pipes in the street, you may even be required to install a backflow valve by local building codes. It’s worth looking up whether you’ll need one in your area.
Sewer Backing Up? Call Us for 24-Hour Emergency Sewer Repairs
Sewer backing up? If all your drains are clogging and none of your toilets will flush, you probably have a backed up sewer line. At A1 Sewer & Drain Services, you can call us any time for 24/7 emergency sewer repairs, sewer cleaning, and other solutions for sewer backups in NJ.