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Does your building have any of these common sewage problems?

3/7/2023 (Permalink)

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Sewage backups, broken pipes, and other sewer problems can happen to anyone. Homeowners and businesses alike are susceptible to these issues, but you can prevent them by taking action. If you suspect that your building has any of these common sewage problems, call in a professional plumber right away or risk having the situation get worse or more expensive.

Sewage backup

Backup is when sewage that normally goes into the sewer system gets pushed back up through your drains and out into your home. This can be caused by a variety of issues, including blockages in pipes or cracks in the foundation of your building. It's important to get these problems fixed before they lead to backups, not only because they're gross and unpleasant, but also because sewer backups can cause serious damage to your home or building if left untreated.

Cracked or broken pipes

If you notice any of the following signs, it's likely that your pipes are broken:

  • Water leaking from the ceiling or walls
  • A foul smell coming from one or more drains in your building

If you think your pipes might be broken, take action immediately. Call a professional plumber as soon as possible to have them repaired. If left unrepaired, this problem could lead to bigger issues such as mold growth and structural damage over time.

Leaking joints

If you notice that your building has any of these common sewage problems, contact a professional to help you identify and repair the damage.

The joints between pipes are very important because they connect two pieces of pipe together and allow for fluid flow. If there's any kind of leak in this area, it can cause a lot of damage to your home or business as well as contaminate nearby water sources. There are several reasons why joints might leak, corrosion from old age or acidic materials like bleach, pressure differences caused by changes in elevation and wear from repeated use over time.

Joints may be made out of either metal or plastic depending on what type was installed when construction began and both types can break down over time due to corrosion or wear-and-tear which leads us back around again.

Worn-out p-traps and floor drains

A p-trap is a plumbing fixture that connects the water inlet of your toilet to the waste line. It's designed to prevent sewer gas from coming up through the toilet and into your bathroom or kitchen.

In many older buildings, these traps have been worn out over time by repeated use and may need to be replaced. If you notice odors coming from your drains or toilets, or if they won't flush properly this could be a sign.

Pipes are often made of cast iron or lead, which can corrode over time due to exposure to chlorine from tap water and other chemicals. If these pipes become corroded enough that there's no longer any protection between them and groundwater below ground level, which contains high levels of bacteria. Sewage could leak into homes through cracks in foundations' basements where these aging pipes enter houses' basements.

Clogged traps and vents

A trap is a U-shaped pipe that prevents sewer gases from escaping into your building. It's located at the lowest point of your plumbing system, and it connects to your drainpipe.

A vent serves two purposes:, it allows air to enter and exit your pipes so that wastewater does not back up into them, and it lets you know whether or not there's a blockage in there by making noises when something goes wrong. If you hear bubbling sounds coming from one of these vents or if none of them are working, then your traps may have clogged up with roots or other debris, which means they need some attention before they start causing problems for you down the road.

If you have any of these problems, call a professional to help repair them before they get worse. SERVPRO has professionals trained with the expertise and experience to restore your property back to pre water conditions after a sewer backup.

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