If you have ever had a sewer backup in your Toronto home, then you know the expense, frustration, and damage it can do. By understanding more about the problem, you can hopefully avoid in your own home.
“Sanitary sewers flow by gravity so they generally follow the natural slope of the ground. The sewer mains that the city owns and maintains are generally from eight to fifteen feet deep, with some much deeper. Sanitary sewer backups can be caused by a number of factors. They usually involve sewer pipe blockages in either the city’s main sewer lines or in the private sewer services line which the property owner owns and maintains.”
Facts about Sewer Backups
You won’t be able to tell on your own what is causing the sewer backup, so it is a good idea to contact a Mister Plumber as soon as the problem occurs. In the meantime, though, there are some things you can do to lessen the damage to your home.
What to Do In Case of Sewer Backup
The first thing you should do is close all drains and do what you can to plug up sinks, tubs, and drains. With toilets, you can push a string mop down into the openings. In sinks, close the drains. The pressure behind sewage backups can actually damage the fragile ceramic of sinks, tubs, and toilets.
Next, do not run any water down your drains, even if sewage has come up in the sinks. You may be tempted to rinse everything out, but you don’t need to add any water to an already backing up system.
Finally, ask around the neighborhood. If your neighbors are experiencing backups as well, then the problem is likely in the city owned sections of the sewer. You will need to contact the city. However, if only your home is experiencing a problem, the backup could be on your property.
After You Call the Plumber
Of course, your first phone call will be to a local Toronto plumber. They will be able to determine where the sewer backup is and what needs to be done to solve the problem. Once they have removed any blockages and made sure the drains are working properly, you will also likely need to call a cleanup company. Sewage that has backed up in your home doesn’t just cause flooding. It can also leave behind bacteria that are very dangerous for your health. A professional cleanup company will be able to make your home safe again.
Sewer backup can be a big problem for you, your home, and your family. It can do extensive damage to your home and can even pose health risks. However, if you act quickly when sewage does cause a problem, you should be able to handle the issue properly. Be sure to block as much sewage as you can from backing up into sinks, toilets, and baths. Then, contact a plumber as soon as you can to get the backup cleared as soon as possible.
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