How to Prevent a Sewer Overflow

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Preventing Sewer Overflows

There’s no denying that sewage overflows are a stinky situation to be in, but they can also pose a severe health threat. The overflow of sewage is often filled with harmful bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants that are spread throughout your home. Sewage should be considered a serious hazard, which is why it requires professional removal and cleanup as soon as possible.

What can homeowners do to help prevent a sewer overflow from affecting their homes? Our experts have compiled the most effective tips to protect your home from a sewage catastrophe. Keep reading to learn more!

Keep Fats & Oils Out of Your Plumbing System

You may assume that a smidge of bacon grease here and there won’t do any harm, but you would be incorrect. The accumulation of fats, oils, and grease in drains and pipes cause many sewage overflows in homes across the country.

Greasy and oily substances often build up in sewer pipes until a significant blockage occurs, causing the sewer to either backup or overflow. Instead of pouring oily liquids and fat down the drain, dispose of them properly in a container or the trash can.

Be Mindful of What You Flush

The only things your sewer system is equipped to handle are water, human waste, and toilet paper. Any other objects or liquids should be disposed of in alternative ways. We strongly recommend adding a wastebasket to your bathrooms to encourage all household members and guests to dispose of items correctly.

Diapers, flushable wipes, and hygiene products are commonly flushed culprits that can lead to massive sewer overflows. Always throw these items in the trash to protect your home from a dangerous sewer scenario!

Sewer Overflow Cleanup and Restoration

We understand how devastating a sewage overflow in your home can be. Trust the experts to restore and care for your home. Advanced Water Restoration has years of experience in sewer overflow cleanup and can ensure a safe and comfortable living space upon the completion of our services. Give us a call at (206) 823-2252 today for more information.

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