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Sewage backups happen often, but not many homeowners know much about them. To inform everyone about this, we have gathered some information. Throughout this article, we will go through what sewage backup is, common signs that you might be facing it, causes of it, ways to prevent the backup, and how New Era Plumbing & Septic can help.


What Is Sewage Backup?

A sewer backup is a common problem that homeowners face. The backup occurs when sewage or dirty water comes from the drains, sinks, or toilets. The causes of this problem can vary but mainly revolve around the idea of a clogged line or damaged system.

Signs of Sewage Backup

Sometimes, having a sewage backup isn’t as easily noticeable as you think. You may have to catch certain hints to understand a problem in the system. Let’s go over the signs in this section:

  1. Bad Smell: The first clear sign to look at is the smell of sewage in your home. It is a common sign that you have a backup.
  2. Wet Floor Drains: The floor drains in the laundry or basement can overflow if the sewer link backs up. So, you can easily notice the wet floor drains around your house.
  3. Changes In The Yard: If you suddenly have greener grass patches or better-grown areas around your garden, check for anything unusual there.
  4. Gurgling Noises: Is your toilet or drains gurgling often? This can indicate that the sewer line is blocked and the air bubbles are trying to escape.

What Causes Sewage Backup?

  1. Clogged Pipes: The main cause of any sewage backup is clogged pipes. The pipes can be clogged with grease, hair, and soap buildup, preventing the water from flowing down the drain easily.
  2. Tree Roots: One of the most unique causes of sewage backup is tree roots. Trees tend to grow their roots wherever they find nutrients. They will grow as long as they can access their desired nutrients. In sewage lines, trees find their nutrients in the stuff inside. So they can easily pierce through the pipes and damage them significantly. Contact us today to get a septic tank pumping.
  3. Damaged Sewer Pipe: We have discussed how tree roots can damage sewer pipes, but this isn’t it. Other causes like earthquakes, sinkholes, and land shifts can also have the same effect.
  4. Age of the Sewer System: The last cause of sewage backup can be the age of the system. Every system or equipment in your house will eventually start having problems because they are getting old and damaged. The same applies to sewer systems. These lines can crumble and eventually break down and collapse. In this case, you would need to get a septic tank repair.

How To Prevent Sewage Backup?

  1. Sewer Line Inspection: If you want to prevent a sewage backup, work with a professional septic company and an inspection company to inspect your sewer line’s condition.
  2. Understanding What Can Go Down The Drains: Do not put oil, coffee grounds, rice, and other solids down the kitchen and toilet drain as it can cause a clog.
  3. Cleaning Sump Pumps, Gutters, & Downspouts Regularly: Make sure to clean sump pumps, gutters, and downspouts regularly and route them into the regular sewer lines. Call New Era Plumbing & Septic to get your septic tank cleaning today.

New Era Plumbing & Septic

At New Era Plumbing & Septic, we are always here for you. With our dedicated staff, experienced technicians, and affordable price plans, septic tank installation has never been easier. Call us today to learn more about us and our services.


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