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Sewage Removal

What Causes Sewage Backups?

It’s not something anyone wants to think of, but the risk of a sewage backup is always present. Whether your plumbing is connected to a city line or a septic tank, there is always a chance that something could go wrong, sending raw sewage spilling back into your home.

There are many reasons that sewage backups occur, ranging from blockages between the city line and your own system, often caused by a high amount of non-biodegradable items in the sewer system, such as:

  • Diapers
  • Garbage
  • Toys
  • Tampons

Or any number of structural defects in the piping, like:

  • Misaligned Pipes
  • Pipe Collapses
  • Or Cracks and Holes in the mainline

Any of these can lead to sewage overflow, requiring sewage removal from homes and businesses, and the reconstruction of parts of the system.

What to do when the sewage hits the fan.

In the event of a city sewer backup, the wastewater will typically find an exit from the system through the lowest possible opening. Typically, this means that homes and businesses with basements will be flooded through toilets or even drains.

Unfortunately, sewage backup is not an uncommon problem, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimating that such events occur anywhere from 23,000-75,000 times in America per year. It isn’t a centralized problem either, with most developed countries struggling with the issue of public health related to sewage backups, and developing countries where plumbing systems might not be top-notch.

With all the health risks that come with a sewage issue, it’s imperative that the material is removed from the home and that the premises are sanitized by a team of licensed professionals to eliminate the risk of contagion. It’s not a job any homeowner would relish in anyhow--so it’s best to leave it to the experts.

If your home or business has been the victim of a sewage backup, the experts here at HomePro Match are just a click or call away!

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