As homeowners and Regina plumbers alike will tell you, there are few things worse than dealing with a sewer backup emergency. As if the smell and leaks weren’t bad enough, backups can cause serious damage to your property and can even endanger your health.
Unfortunately, due to aging systems, sewage backups are on the rise. If you’re dealing with a backup in your Regina home or suspect you will be soon, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Regina can help you understand the problem and get it resolved fast before the damage spreads.
But, what is sewer backup anyway? Why does it happen? We’ll answer those questions and let you know how to get your home back in tip-top shape.
What is Sewer Backup?
Normally your sewage system carries wastewater away from your home or business and deposits it into the Regina sanitary sewage system. If something obstructs or breaks the wastewater pipe, the sewage has nowhere to go and can back up into your drains, creating a health hazard and putting your property at serious risk of structural damage.
So how do you know if you’ve got a sewage backup on your hands?
Signs of backup include:
Nasty smells coming from your drains, or noticeable sewage smells outside your home
Slow running drains in your sinks, bathtubs, and showers
Gurgling sounds coming from your toilet when you flush
Visible sewage in your shower or bathtub
No water in your toilet bowl after flushing
What Causes Sewer Backup?
There are many reasons why sewer backup occurs. Sometimes it’s obvious why it’s happening, but more often you’ll need a professional plumber to troubleshoot and assess the cause in order to eliminate the problem and safeguard against it in the future. Some potential causes include tree root intrusion, objects caught in the drain line, and broken or cracked pipes.
Tree Root Intrusion
A common cause of sewer backup in Regina are tree roots entering or strangling sewage lines. Even trees that appear to be far away from the lines can have far-reaching roots that will slip into any sliver of space in your sewage pipe and force it apart, or wrap tightly around the pipe causing it to crack open.
Objects in the Drain Line
Improperly disposed items such as garburator grit or hygiene products that have been flushed down the toilet can remain in your drainage pipes, blocking the flow of wastewater and causing sewage backup.
Broken or Cracked Pipes
Nothing lasts forever, and that definitely applies to sewage lines. Eventually, pipes break down through normal wear and tear and slowly degrade to the point of requiring a repair or replacement. If your sewage system is decades old, chances are that there are cracks and weak spots that need attention.
How Do I Deal with Sewer Backup?
First, don’t panic! Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Regina is on call 24/7 for emergencies, and we charge zero overtime fees; whenever you need us you can be sure we’re ready to tackle the problem. We are the Regina experts for sewer line repair, sewer line replacement, and all your other sewer and drain cleaning service needs.
Because there are so many potential pitfalls to cleaning and repairing lines, it’s a task best handled by an experienced plumber who can eliminate the problem safely and efficiently.
Our expert Regina plumbing company will assess the cause of your sewer backup and the unique structure of your property and drainage system, and come up with a solution to get your property in working order again.
Some possible solutions include:
Drain cleaning to remove tree roots and allow damaged sections of pipe to be repaired
Hydro jetting, in which pressurized water jets sweep through the pipes, clearing it of debris and grease buildup
Pipe lining, lines your entire pipe with a “sleeve” to seal it and prevent leakage—an ideal solution when you’re unable or unwilling to dig trenches and disturb your property
Pipe bursting, for when your old pipes are beyond repair, uses hydraulics to break up the pipe so it can be removed and replaced with new PVC piping
Maintenance is a key factor in preventing future sewer backup—Mr Rooter’s ongoing inspection services will keep your system running perfectly and give you peace of mind
Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Regina to Eliminate Sewer Backup!
If you’re coping with the unpleasant, messy, damaging, hazardous problem of sewer backup—or suspect a problem is coming down the pipe—don’t jeopardize your home and property a moment longer.Just give the friendly team at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Regina a call at 306-205-1817 or request a job estimate today, and we’ll take care of your system quickly and efficiently.