All homes in Edmonton have a sewer service pipe that removes wastewater from your home to the main sewer line. When floods or blockages occur, the consequences can include extensive water damage to your property and pose health hazards in many cases.
If your property has a problem with a basement sewer backup, the huge mess you’ll have on your hands is the least of your worries. You might require extensive repairs and a professional clean up service to recover your home’s or your commercial property’s integrity, and that means you’ll need a certified restoration specialist.
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Edmonton Remediation Pros are experts in home restoration and remediation. Our top tier services include mold removal, asbestos remediation and water damage restoration, and that means you can trust us to return your sewage-damaged basement to its former condition.
Our trained professionals service Edmonton and the surrounding areas, available 24 hours a day to make sure we’re there when you need us. If you experience a sewer backup in the Edmonton area, we’ll arrive at your property within 45 minutes to fix problems with maximum efficiency.
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What Causes Sewage Backup
It’s usually difficult to detect what problem is causing sewage backup. There are a multitude of pipe blockage causes, and you’ll need to utilize professionals for a correct diagnosis and remedy. Here are some of the most common culprits for sewage backup in your basement.
Backwater Valve Failure
That backwater valve inside your sewer service pipe is purposed to prevent water from flowing in the wrong direction. The problem occurs when the valve fails to allow wastewater to flow through the pipe and into the main sewer line.
While a valve is unlikely to seal completely shut, solids such as hair and toilet paper can eventually conjugate around the valve and block the wastewater from flowing. In turn, that results in a sewage backup that can enter your home through the lowest portal, usually your basement.
Many communities in the Edmonton area are prone to flooding as a result of heavy rain or thunderstorms, and it’s one of the biggest causes of basement sewage backup. Gravity is the main force that moves water away from your property, down your sewer pipe to the main sewer line.
However, heavy rains can cause main sewers line to overflow. This overflow often results in visible street flooding and can cause a flood of city sewer into your basement.
Plugged Internal Plumbing
Oversized objects that make it into your sewer pipe or drainage system can result in plugs, and those objects include children’s toys, towels, wipes, congealed hair, a build-up of grease and toilet paper.
Anything that causes the flow of wastewater to either stop of slow down poses a risk of resulting in flooding. The good news is that this kind of problem is unlikely to result in required pipe replacements, but it’s still an issue that needs dealing with promptly to prevent further damage.
Pipes can often tolerate small cracks for years, as long as they still prevent anything from entering. Cracks can grow larger, and tree roots can then tunnel their way into the pipe. This blockage essentially results in a narrower pipe which can then slow the flow of wastewater.
Tree roots also provide objects such as toilet paper the means to become stuck on their journey through your pipe which further exacerbates the problem. Rodding equipment can be used to remove a significant portion of the roots and herbicide can be applied to inhibit future root growth temporarily, but pipe replacements may be required.
Sags are usually a result of pipe bedding failures, and the dip created in the affected part of the pipe can become a resting point for solid objects that have failed to make it past the sag. While the sag itself doesn’t usually have a noticeable effect on the flow of liquids, a build-up of solid objects can eventually cause a blockage that prevents wastewater from reaching the main sewer line. This blockage then results in wastewater overflowing into your basement.
While small cracks can sustain functional pipes for many of years, the cracks are likely to grow wider arising from further degradation. When cracks allow backfill material such as surrounding earth to enter the pipes, blockages will likely occur.
Unfortunately, it’s the waste water from your home that will probably be forced back up through your basement drains, and that means you’ll have a sewage backup problem on your hands that you’ll need the professionals to fix.
What To Do If You Have A Sewage Backup
If you have sewage backed up in your basement, you should immediately discontinue using your plumbing facilities until you resolve the issue. Sometimes, the problem is small, but continued use of amenities such as toilets, washing machines and sinks could make matters worse. When you notice sewage backup in your basement, it’s best to call professionals who promise to arrive at your property quickly.
If you call our friendly staff at Edmonton Remediation Pros, we’ll arrive at your property within 45 minutes. Until we reach your property, you should take the following precautions:
- Keep family members away from damaged or affected areas
- If applicable, report a claim to your insurance provider
- We advise against attempting to clean affected areas by yourself due to health risks
- Leave any items in the affected area where they are until help arrives
- If the problem has resulted from the main sewer line, contact the local government authorities
- Get in touch with our crew of professionals to come to your home and resolve the problem as quickly as possible.
The experienced staff at Edmonton Remediation Pros will be able to diagnose the problem promptly. We’re happy to provide you with an honest quote before any payment exchanges hands, and with our five-year guarantee, you can be rest-assured our repair work will survive well into the future.
How to Prevent Future Sewage Backups
Given the fact that you cannot avoid natural torrential rains and thunderstorms, backup sewage can sometimes be unavoidable. However, you can help to prevent basement floods caused by other issues by taking a few precautions, some easier than others.
Only Flush The Toilet When Necessary
It might sound unhygienic, but only flushing the toilet when necessary means less wastewater will enter your pipes within a short timeframe. That reduces the risk of a quick build-up of solid materials from causing blockages.
Use Disposable Cups, Plates And Other Kitchen Utensils Where Possible
We can all be guilty from time to time of draining solid pieces of food down the sink’s drain rather than ensure all waste food goes into the bin. However, a build-up of solid materials – including food – is a common cause of blockages.
Clean Dishes By Hand As Often As You Can
In addition to the last precautionary step, you should make sure that waste food is disposed of responsibly to avoid your drain backing up in the basement. If you need to use the dishwasher, you should make sure there is nothing on your used dishes that could cause pipes to block.
Do Not Run The Taps Excessively
You can take small steps to avoid running taps for a prolonged period, such as only running water when you need to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth.
Take Your Laundry To The Laundromat
Forgetting to empty pockets can result in small solid objects entering your sewer line when washed, but bits of dirt and mud can also contribute to problems in the long-term.
Avoid Disposing Oils And Fats Down The Sink
You might think that fats and oils would have no problem entering through your sewer line into the main sewer system, but they can become quite solid when they congeal. To help prevent blockages, you should pour oil and fat waste into covered containers and dispose of them via garbage collection.
In General, Use Your Plumbing System As Little As Possible
As an additional benefit, you’ll see your energy bills and carbon footprint reduce by taking the steps above.
You should also remember to check for leaks regularly with all the pipes you can easily see. Don’t try to check pipes that aren’t visible, as you run the risk of making problems worse or creating new ones.
Sewage backup in your basement is unpleasant, and the resulting water damage can lead to mold and mildew growth which carry potential health risks, from allergies to lung problems. While there are precautionary steps you can take to avoid issues, you still need a company that can be trusted to be on hand whenever you need.
We’re here to provide you with the peace of mind that should problems occur; we’ll be able to get them fixed for a reasonable price as quickly as possible. We possess the tools and expertise you need to diagnose and repair any cause of sewage problem, and our 24-hour call out service means you never have to panic about the consequences of neglecting an issue.
If you have any questions of further assistance, or if you need us for sewage cleanup in Edmonton, contact the professionals at Edmonton Remediation Pros. We’ll get your home back up and running again.