If your toilet is gurgling or your shower fills with water when you run your dishwasher, it’s likely that you have a problem with your sewer line. Lucky for you, The Drain Doctor is here to help your household with sewer backup in Calgary. You’ll know your sewer is clogged when you notice various symptoms, including multiple drains being backed up or draining slowly. You definitely want to act before these problems grow into health hazards such as overflowing toilets and sewage backing up into your basement.
There are several ways your sewer can become clogged slowly over time before you notice the effects. The most common sewage line troublemakers are:
Roots from nearby trees and shrubs that crack pipes or block water flow
Pipes that have deteriorated because of age
Blockage in a municipal sanitary main
Overloaded sewer lines from a poor storm drain system
Check out The Drain Doctor’s blog page for more signs that your sewer is clogged.
To prevent a possible sewer backup, it is important to make sure your sewer lines have not been disrupted in any way. The Drain Doctor can conduct routine maintenance checks to ensure that your lines are clear and catch problem lines before they cause a backup. Let our plumbers in Calgary help prevent sewer backups by:
Performing a sewer camera inspection
Replacing old sewer lines with new plastic pipe
Installing a backwater prevention valve
You can also prevent clogs and backups in the sewer lateral on your property and sanitary sewer main by never washing cooking grease down the kitchen drain and never putting any paper product down the toilet except for bathroom tissues.
If your sewer lateral or sewer main is clogged, the backup lets sewage into your basement and drains. Besides the nasty odour and dirt, sewer water contains viruses, bacteria and parasites that pose serious health hazards. If blocked, the sewer can empty into your home, and a professional clean-up service equipped to handle the biohazard contaminants is expensive. To get rid of immediate dangers and to prevent later mould growth, you or service will need to:
Pump out standing water and wet-vac remaining dampness
Remove soaked wallboard or panelling
Scrub and sanitize floors and walls
Steam clean or remove soaked carpets or rugs
Flush and disinfect affected plumbing fixtures
Clean any affected ductwork
Can I clean up a sewer backup myself?
No. Sewer backup contains harmful organisms that might affect your skin, cause nausea and diarrhea. Call our professionals to do the job for you.
Can other rooms be affected due to sewer damage?
Yes. Sewer damage leads to cross-contamination. Proper ventilation must be provided to avoid such a situation.
At the first indication that you might have a sewer backup, the first step is to not run any more water. That means you need to shut off the dishwasher or laundry washing machine if they’re running and refrain from flushing toilets or running water in the sinks, shower or bath. The next step is to call The Drain Doctor. Over the phone, we can usually determine the area of the backup and let you know if you can continue to use water in a different area of the house. The Drain Doctor’s services include complete drain cleaning, and our trained staff will locate the clog and auger the drain to remove the blockage.
Call The Drain Doctor today if you’re worried about a possible sewer backup in Calgary. Our emergency service team is available 24/7, so don’t hesitate to call at any time.