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3 Ways To Prevent Sewage Backup

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage in a Summerlin, NV office

There are several ways to prevent a sewage backup from occurring in your home in Summerlin, NV. The most common causes of stoppages include improper disposal methods, but they can originate from flooding as a form of storm damage. Reduce the frequency and severity of backups with three prevention methods.

1. Properly Dispose of Waste

Avoid flushing paper products that are not rated for sewer disposal. Feminine products, paper towels, and even moist towelettes can cause backups to occur. These items should be disposed of in a trash can. Another common cause of stoppage is pouring grease or oils down the drain. These substances should be cooled and disposed of in the trash.

2. Use Root Killer In Lines

In addition to sewer cleaning products made to dissolve clogs and prevent a backup, you may also want to use a foaming chemical tree root killer. Many new formulations coat the inside of the pipe with an herbicide that prevents tree roots from re-forming. You may also want to repeat this treatment on an annual basis. Avoid formulas with copper sulfate, which can degrade pipes.

3. Install a Backwater Valve

A backwater valve can help you prevent sewer obstructions that originate in the city sewer main or lines. This valve can prevent sewage from flowing back into the basement of your house. Retrofitting a backwater valve may cost between $1,000 to $2,000, as concrete will likely need to be removed to access the sewer line.

Prevention is the most cost effective and environmentally-friendly prevention method. You may want to rely on sewer cleaning if you suspect the blockage is on your end. If backups occur due to flooding, installing a retrofitted backwater valve may be the best choice. If you are dealing with a backup due to a blockage or storm damage in your home in Summerlin, NV, contact a company that specializes in sewer damage restoration.

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