5 Tips to Prevent Sewer Backup in Your Home


Damaging floors, walls, furniture, appliances, electrical systems, and other home possessions, sewage back ups can be a serious problem. Making it even worse are the costs associated with such destruction, which often aren’t covered by average homeowners insurance policies without the addition of a specific rider.

Even with complete financial coverage, a sewage backup is something better to avoid. Not only does it create a stinky, awful mess, but also increases risk of exposing you and your family to harmful bacteria and disease should sewage water make its way into your home.


Sewage Backup Hazards

Sewage damage can make you or your family sick.Topping the list of worst plumbing problems, sewer backup can lead to large leaks or burst pipes resulting in a contaminated situation that can make you and your family sick. The most common reported illness associated with oral exposure to polluted sewer water is gastroenteritis, or more commonly referred to as a stomach bug or stomach flu, with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.

Organisms, including E.Coli, salmonella, giardia, and cryptosporidium, are commonly found in sewer water, which can become harmful and lead to illness when humans come in direct contact with them. Contact can occur when wiping your face with contaminated hands or gloves, splash back entering the mouth or skin via a cut or scrape, and by hand-to-mouth touching when eating or smoking.


Sewage Backup Prevention

Sewage backups happen for all kinds of reason: blockages caused by foreign objects and tree roots, flooding, structural defects, and sewage line issues. While some backups may be out of your control, taking preventive steps can only help.

  1. Pouring cooking grease down your sink can cause damage to your sewage system.Grease disposal: Don’t pour liquid cooking grease, fats, and oils down drains, which cannot easily be broken down in the wastewater treatment process as well as can solidify in cold weather.
  2. Add drain traps: Insert drain baskets or strainers to catch solid objects and foods that might not easily break down.
  3. Keep toilets from clogging: Never flush anything down the toilet with the exception of bodily waste and toilet paper. That includes:
    • Feminine products
    • Paper towels
    • Diapers
    • Cloth rags
    • Hazardous household chemicals
  4. Clean drains regularly: Instead of crystal or chemical drain cleaners, keep drains free of clogs by monthly flushing one cup of baking soda followed by one cup of white vinegar and warm water.
  5. Conduct a thorough inspection: If residential plumbing and sewer systems are uncommon to you, consider hiring a skilled professional to examine your home. The service person can identify issues that could potentially lead to a future sewer problem, as well as make recommendations on how to most effectively avoid backups from occurring.  

DRS Sewage Backup Services

When extensive water damage or a blockage results in sewage from sewer lines to back up into your property, immediate cleanup and decontamination services are necessary. Sewage backup is a potentially hazardous situation that can cause destruction of your property, create electrical malfunctions, and enter your groundwater, contaminating your drinking water and leading to disease.

Call DRS Disaster Restoration Services in the Portland, CT and MA surrounding RI areas.The DRS team of certified technicians are trained to mitigate the microbial risk and thoroughly decontaminate your property. Sorting of sewage-contaminated and at-risk items is done to assure your safety. If you’re dealing with sewage backup issues, call DRS today to get help from our team of experienced cleanup and decontamination specialists.

Call 877-280-7961 Immediately If You Have Sewage Damage!