Sewer System Backups on Long Island
Sewer System Backup Services in Queens, Nassau & Suffolk County
There is nothing more alarming than realizing that your sewer system is backing up. The sight of raw sewage and the foul odor associated with it is enough to send anyone into a state of panic. A sewer system backup can cause extensive damage to your property and can be a hazard to your health.
If you suspect that you are experiencing a sewer system backup, call Five Towns Sewer & Drain right away! Offering commercial and residential sewer system backups service, our experts will be at your site in no time and ready to repair the damage caused by a backup.
Signs of a Sewer System Backup
In some cases, a sewer system backup is pretty obvious. You can actually see raw sewage pouring out of your drains and toilets and smell the unmistakable stench; however, not all sewer system backups present with such obvious signs.
There are several other symptoms that are associated with a clogged sewer system, including:
- Issues with drainage in several fixtures, particularly toilet. Toilets have the closest connection to a sewer line, so if they are running slow, there’s a good chance that a problem exists. Low-lying sinks, showers, and bathtubs – those that are situated in a basement or on the ground floor – will also exhibit drainage problems if there is a blockage.
- Strange drainage, such as water backing up into a shower drain after flushing a toilet, is another sign of a blockage in a sewer line.
- Gurgling sounds coming from toilets or drains. When there are clogged drains, air can get trapped in the lines. The air pushes its way up through the pipes and emits a gurgling sound from the fixtures that are connected to it.
- Pools of water on your property, particularly around the area where your sewer line is located.
If you notice any of these signs, a sewer system backup is imminent. Contact a professional to have your system inspected and cleared before you end up having a big problem on your hands.
Causes of a Sewer System Backup
Sewer line backups can be the result of an issue with your city’s main sewer line, a backup in the sewer line in your home or business, or both. Some of the most common causes of sewer system backups include:
- Tree roots. Tree roots are often responsible for sewer system backups. Root systems are highly complex and strong. As the system grows, it can push its way through pipes, cause a severe blockage, and prevent wastewater from flowing through the line into the sewer.
- Settlement. As the ground around plumbing pipes settle, the pipes can become misaligned or disconnected, preventing wastewater from reaching the sewer system.
- Old pipes. This is a problem that tends to affect older properties. As plumbing pipes age, they can deteriorate, preventing them from functioning properly and making them more prone to damage associated with settling and tree root infiltration.
- Solid waste. Hair, grease, and various other types of solid waste that don’t break down can create blockages in plumbing pipes and main sewer lines. When solid waste creates a clog, wastewater becomes trapped in the line and instead of being pushed into the sewer; it works its way back up the pipes and pours out of drains.
How to Prevent Sewer System Backups
Sometimes, sewer system backups are inevitable. This is particularly true if there is an issue in your city’s main sewer line. However, there are efforts that you can make to prevent a backup, such as:
- Watching what you flush down your drains. There are certain things that should never be flushed down drains or toilets, such as grease, cooking oil, sanitary products, baby wipes, paper towels, and dense toilet paper. These items don’t break down and can cause a serious blockage in your pipes and main sewer line.
- Have a backwater prevention valve installed. These valves allow sewage to move out of the main sewer line but don’t allow it to come back in. If your home or business doesn’t already have a backwater prevention valve, have an experienced plumber install one for you.
- Have your drain cleaning done by a professional. Dirt and debris accumulate in plumbing pipes. Over time, that accumulation can create blockages that can lead to a backup. Having your drains cleaned by a professional on a regular basis will keep your water flowing smoothly and can prevent blockages and backups.
Sewer System Backup Services from Five Towns Sewer & Drain
Whether your sewer system is already backing up or it’s on the verge of backing up, contact Five Towns Sewer & Drain. Our team of highly trained, professional plumbers will promptly arrive at your location and will be ready to correct the problem and restore the function of your plumbing. We have all of the tools necessary to quickly and efficiently fix sewer system backups.
We also offer preventative services that will help you avoid a backup, such as plumbing video camera inspections and drain cleaning.
A sewer system backup a property owner’s worst nightmare. Five Towns Sewer & Drain will put an end to that nightmare – or prevent it from ever happening. Contact us today!