Sewage backups occur when waste and water that normally leave your home via flushing and drainage are forced back into your home. It’s one of the most destructive, upsetting, and hazardous things that can happen to homeowners. That’s why Bill Metzger Plumbing is dedicated to helping Orange County residents swiftly and efficiently deal with sewage backup when it occurs, and prevent sewage backup when possible. When the worst happens, we’re here for you – because you are family.
Book your sewer line services today. Call (949) 492 – 3558 for fast and easy scheduling.
What causes sewage backups?
Some of the most common causes of sewage backups include:
- Tree roots – This is the main cause of clogged sewer lines, especially for homes over 20 or so years old. Over time, tree roots snake around underground pipes like plant pythons and, if not dealt with, will inevitably crush the pipes.
- Clogged drains – If you have a significant clog in one of your main pipes, the waste and water still have to go somewhere – and if it can’t go down, it’ll come back up.
- Damaged sewer lines – It’s possible a critical connecting line that’s part of your sewer system has corroded or been damaged somehow. This is especially true in areas with a lot of legacy pipe made of outdated materials.
What do you do if your sewer backs up?
Plunge, don’t pour – For less severe backups and slow drains, do NOT use liquid drain cleaners. These are usually toxic to humans, damaging to the pipes, and won’t fix problems like tree roots. Instead, try to rule out a clog by plunging.
Shut it all down – For severe backups that can’t seem to be stemmed and cause significant flooding, turn off the water supply routed to the point of back-up. You’ll also want to turn off the electricity if the water is in danger of getting near any outlets. Whole-home shut-off is preferable, but if you know the correct breaker, you could start there.
Suit up – Put on safety gear (rubber gloves, a mask, waterproof boots, goggles) before trying to deal with the contaminated area.
Put use on pause – Until you’ve fixed the backup, you won’t be able to use the sinks, tubs, toilets, or showers in your home, or else you risk exacerbating the damage.
Call in a professional plumber – A sewage backup is a true emergency, and not something you want to tackle yourself unless you have some training. Trying a DIY job on a problem this severe could mean risking your health and safety. What’s more, often specialized equipment (scopes, etc.) is necessary to get to the root of the backup, so you’d be doing work blind and potentially damaging the system further.
Here at Bill Metzger plumbing, we have over 50 years’ experience correcting and preventing even the most devastating sewer backups, and we offer 24/7 emergency service. Get us in your corner today! Call us at (949) 492) 3558 or visit us online.
How to Prevent Sewage Backups
There are a number of measures you can take to lessen the likelihood of a full-on backup, such as:
- Properly dispose of grease by throwing it away when cooled and not putting it down the drain.
- Properly dispose of paper products like paper towels, feminine products, diapers, and hygienic wipes. None of these products should be anywhere near your drains and cause thousands of clogs a year.
- Invest in periodic sewer line inspections to check for hazards such as tree roots and pipe weaknesses.
- Install a backwater prevention valve in your basement.
Call Bill Metzger Plumbing for Sewage Services in Orange County, CA
We’ve been in this business for half a century, and we haven’t met a 5-alarm sewer emergency we couldn’t tackle yet. What’s more, we’re prepared to dive right into the work on the first call due to our fully equipped shop on wheels. When you call Bill Metzger plumbing, you’re calling on family.
Book your service today. Call (949) 492 – 3558 for fast and easy scheduling.
Sewage Backup FAQs
Isn’t sewer line repair covered by homeowners insurance?
Usually, no. This is a common misconception! That’s why sewage line maintenance and prevention is so critical to protecting your home and your budget.
How much does sewer line repair cost?
The average cost to repair a sewer line is $2,556. You could spend anywhere between $1,073 and $4,054 depending on the underlying causes of the backup and the related damage.
Isn’t’ it my town’s responsibility to repair sewer line problems?
No. The homeowner is responsible for the sewer line running under their property. The municipality is only responsible for sewage lines in public areas.