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Sewer System Backups in Edmonton, AB

Has raw sewage appeared in your toilet, basement drain, or other areas of your home? If so, you should act fast. Few plumbing problems in Edmonton are more serious than sewer system backups. The longer that you wait to contact professional plumbers, the more serious that problem will become.

Sewer system backups often worsen over time and could even lead to extensive water damage. Even if wastewater is already spreading across your basement floor, it's important to call a licensed plumber — especially if you don't want that problem to appear again. Whether your sewage system needs an immediate solution or preventative maintenance, you'll be glad you called a local pro.

If you're dealing with a sewer system backup, our professional Edmonton plumbers are here to help! Our emergency services are available for all sewage backups. With the experience, skill, and local expertise of our Edmonton plumbers, you'll have no problem fixing your sewer pipes, clearing blockage, and preventing those backups from coming back in the future. If you've seen the warning signs, don't hesitate to call a plumbing professional. With early diagnosis and efficient repairs, we could save you before a backup gets bad.

What Are the Signs of a Sewage Backup?

Stinky black water seeping out of your drain lines or fixtures is the most obvious sign, but it's not the only sign. In some cases, it's possible to spot early warnings coming from your plumbing system that indicate blockage buildup in your main sewer line. Responding to those warning signs is vital if you want to avoid situations like a flooded basement full of wastewater.

Unpleasant Odours

Unpleasant smells emanating from your drain line could come from a waste line backup. Not only does wastewater carry revolting odours, but many different types of blockage also contribute their own foul stench to plumbing backups. If your nose wrinkles near a toilet or floor drain, don't ignore it.

Visible Grey Water

Black or grey water seeping out of fixtures is a clear sign of sewage system problems. In some cases, that wastewater could simply be appearing because of clogged drains sending toilet waste back, but backed-up wastewater is also a common sign of serious problems with a sewer lateral. In either case, it should be investigated and fixed before it gets worse.

Standing Water

Showers, sinks, tubs, and other fixtures that drain slowly should be inspected — and fixed. That slow drainage could be a sign of a sewage problem. Slow drains will only continue getting worse until they finally fail completely. An entirely blocked drain pipe won't just stop drainage systems from working. It will also create waste and water backups.

Toilets Affecting Other Drains

If your main drain pipe is blocked or damaged, flushing your toilet could send that waste into your showers, tubs, and floor drains instead of into Edmonton's municipal sewer lines. Wastewater will always follow the path of least resistance. If something stops it from getting by, it'll go somewhere else. The new destination for those sewer backflows could be whichever drains in your home are easiest to reach. You should also get help for backflow problems that appear when running dishwashers, washing machines, and any other fixtures or appliances with drainage connections.

Gurgling Toilets

It's important that air always flows freely through plumbing systems. Air helps waste flow efficiently out of your home and into Edmonton's city sewer system. If air isn't flowing smoothly, it could make your toilet gurgle, bubble, and even flush itself. A potential cause for that annoyance is a sewer system blockage — which could lead to a full backup.

Additional Warning Signs for Septic System Backups:

  • Ground leakage near septic tanks

  • Algae & weed growth in nearby ponds

  • Standing water above septic tanks

  • Unusual grass growth near a septic system

  • Contaminated water

How Does Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton Fix Sewer System Backups?

The exact solution for a sewage backup depends on both the extent of damage it has caused and the original cause of that backflow. In most cases, professional service for sewer backups will start with an inspection to determine the cause, before moving on to cleaning, sewer line repairs, and other solutions.

Sewer Camera Inspections

If a professional plumber suspects that the situation is the result of internal damage or clogs, they may choose to confirm their suspicions using specialized camera equipment. Plumbing cameras are long, flexible video cameras that allow expert plumbers to see directly inside blocked and broken sewer systems, where they look for issues like root penetration, large solid waste clogs, and damage that may need sewer line repair solutions.

Drain Cleaning Equipment

If your backup comes from blockage, it may be possible to resolve the situation with the same specialized technology that Edmonton plumbers use for regular maintenance and drain cleaning. Augers and hydro jets are great for clearing stubborn blockage, which is why many Edmonton homeowners choose to get regular cleaning service from a professional plumber. A routine cleaning appointment today could save you from bad sewer backups tomorrow.

Repairs & Replacements

If your backup is caused by — or causes — extensive damage, it may be necessary to repair or replace those damaged pipe sections. Those solutions might also be necessary if you're suffering from issues like corrosion or if you have a faulty system with illegal plumbing connections that cause backups. The exact repair method varies, based on both the type of damage and the type of pipes you have, but we always provide safe, worry-free service for damaged plumbing systems.

Preventive System Installations

For Edmonton homeowners who suffer from sewage water backflow during periods of heavy rainfall, or for those affected by other backflow issues, we may recommend installing a backwater valve for more protection against future issues. In areas of Edmonton with combined sewer systems, those flood prevention devices are an important part of protecting yourself against future plumbing complications during severe storms.

Why Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton During a Sewer System Backup?

The certified plumbers on our team are dedicated to providing outstanding service and reliable solutions for all Edmonton plumbing problems. They have professional skill, advanced tools, and years of experience helping local homeowners with issues caused by heavy rain, root infiltration, and much more. We're your sewer system backup Edmonton experts!

The Benefits of Choosing Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton:

  • Service from licensed, certified plumbers

  • Emergency services without overtime charges

  • Convenient appointment times

  • Friendly, courteous service

  • Guaranteed parts & service

  • Upfront, honest prices

  • Answers to all your plumbing questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Sewer System Backups:

“How Common are Sewer Backups in Edmonton?”

They don't happen every day, but they're generally not uncommon. Some communities in Edmonton built before 1960 are at increased risk. So are homes with older drain pipes. When drain lines are well-maintained and cleaned regularly, backups are less common.

“What is a Combined Sewer?”

A combined public sewer — like those in some of Edmonton's older communities — carry rainwater, meltwater, and wastewater in the same pipe. During high accumulation of rain — or when snow melts during the spring — those systems are at risk of overflowing and sending backflow up into the drains of private residences.

“Is it Safe to Stay in a Home with Backed-up Sewage?”

Raw sewage and grey water do pose some health hazards, so it's best to keep your distance, but you won't have to leave your home unless it's entirely flooded or extensive damage has caused serious foundation issues. Simply avoid affected areas and wait for a professional plumber to provide further instructions.

“What Causes Sewer System Backups in Edmonton?”

Blockage created by flushing unsafe materials is a common source, but backflow could also be caused by tree root penetration, pipe damage, and heavy rain. To avoid future issues, you should always avoid flushing harmful materials. Consider installing flood control systems like a backwater prevention valve for even more protection. Edmonton drain cleaning service is also a great option for preventing backups.

Common Culprits Include:

  • Tree roots

  • Baby wipes

  • Paper towel

  • Grease

  • Corrosion

  • Sudden damage

  • Heavy rain & melting snow

Are You Suffering from a Sewer System Backup in Edmonton?

Our team is ready to help! If wastewater flows into your home instead of out, we can help! We proudly serve all communities in and around Edmonton, including Sherwood Park and St. Albert!

For efficient, reliable solutions from a licensed Edmonton plumber, call 780-429-3600!

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