The first step to learning how to prevent sewer backups in your home is to learn what causes them.

If you’ve ever had a sewer backup in your home, then you already know all of the damage and destruction they can cause. A single sewer backup can damage your furniture, walls, floors and even your electrical system, and as we previously discussed, unless you already have additional coverage, your standard homeowner’s insurance probably won’t cover the damage. In our last blog, our emergency plumber in Belleville went over a couple of the most common causes of sewer backups. Here are a couple more:

#3. Combined Pipelines

Raw sewage and storm water are combined in a single pipeline in some new sewer systems. The downside of combining these into one pipeline is that, when it rains heavily, the excess water can easily put too much pressure on the system. And with nowhere else for the water to go, it backs up into low lying-drains and basements.

#4. Blockages in Municipal Lines

Some sewer backups are completely out of your hands, and they don’t even have anything to do with your property. If there is a blockage in the municipal sewer line that isn’t caught fast enough, it can cause sewage from the main to backup into your home.

While some of the causes of sewer backups are in your control, there are some that are completely out of your hands. That’s why sewer backup prevention is of the utmost importance. Learn how to prevent sewer backups in your home by staying tuned for our next blog.