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What Causes Sewer Backups and How You Can Prevent Them

One of the more unpleasant plumbing problems you might experience is a sewer backup. A sewer backup is not something that you can ignore and is easily preventable by carrying out regular maintenance. However, a backup can still happen, even under the best of circumstances. Here are some of the most common causes of sewer backups and what you can do to prevent them.

Heavy Rain

Sometimes, homeowners experience a sewer backup into the basement rather than the yard surrounding the home. This is most often caused when two sewer systems are connected and there has been a heavy rain. Usually, heavy rains cause backups in the main lines. There isn’t much you can do to prevent the rain, but it is always a good idea to make sure that either you or your plumber cleans out the drains and sewer system regularly.

Clogged Lines

Heavy rain is not the only thing that can cause a sewer backup. Sometimes,

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A Little Insurance and Preventive Action Offer a Lot of Protection Against Sewer Related Damage

If you’re a homeowner, here’s one of the worst nightmares you can experience. Torrential downpours deluge your property and neighborhood with rainwater, overwhelming your home’s sewer system or your sump pump’s ability to handle the water runoff. The next thing you know, you have raw sewage backing up into your home’s drains, overflowing toilets and tubs or flooding your basement. A backed up sewer can do a real number on your home, causing thousands of dollars in damage to floors, walls, furniture carpeting and electrical systems, as well as pose a major health hazard.

No problem. You’ve got insurance, right? Not so fast. According to the Insurance Information Institute, most sewer system backups are not covered under a typical homeowners insurance policy, nor are they covered by flood insurance.


For homes that have been severely damaged

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Common Causes of Sewer and Water Line Damage

Tree root infiltration is the most common cause of sewer line damage. If a complete sewer line replacement is not something you wish to have in your near future, follow these simple tips to prevent root damage and keep your home’s waste plumbing flowing freely.

It’s basic common sense that some kinds of trees and plants pose more potential harm than others to water and sewer lines if they’re planted too close. However, all trees have at least some ability to invade pipes.

Tree roots are most likely to poke through sewer lines that are already damaged and that rest in the top two feet of soil. Lines and sewers that are in good shape usually resist root damage well, but lines with weak spots or cracks are susceptible to infiltration. Large trees that grow quickly are the main culprits, so avoid planting these trees near your sewer system and keep an eye on existing trees that have been growing near lines.

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