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Sewer Backup Prevention Tips

Flushing anything other than toilet paper can lead to sewer backups and the need for sewage cleanup.

Flushing anything other than toilet paper can lead to sewer backups and the need for sewage cleanup.

Yuck! There’s nothing worse than cleaning up the mess from a sewer backup. Not only does raw sewage smell like old socks mixed with fish guts, but it can also carry disease and other biohazards. Prevent the chance of a backup by reading our preventative maintenance tips to keep your sewer from overflowing. In the worst-case scenario, contact your Proserve DKI team if you require sewage cleanup and sewer damage restoration services.


What Causes a Sewer to Back Up?

Many residences in Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo are connected to municipal sewer and water lines, while others rely on septic.

The most common cause of a sewer backup is a blockage that prevents wastewater from flowing out of the residential plumbing system into the municipal system or septic tank. In either case, it’s essential to make sure that blockages do not occur within your plumbing.

Other sewer backup causes can occur due to:

  • Heavy rainfall, snowmelt, and spring runoff entering the system
  • Pipeline cracks or deterioration
  • Aging sewer systems
  • Tree root damage
  • Overloaded septic systems


How to Prevent Your Sewage System from Backing Up

The best way to prevent blockages and sewer backups is to keep your pipes and septic tank well maintained and clear of unwanted debris.

Follow these precautionary steps:

  • DO NOT flush anything down your toilet that doesn’t belong, i.e. sanitary pads, diapers, wipes, facial tissues, etc.
  • Avoid hair as well as food waste, coffee grounds, paper towels, grease, oil, and other non-decomposable items from draining in your bathroom and kitchen sinks.
  • Make sure the lateral sewer line that connects your residence with the main sewer line does not have any cracks.
  • Install a backwater prevention valve to your basement sewer line.
  • Look into replacing old sewer pipes with plastic pipes to avoid tree root damage.
  • Properly maintain your septic system by having it pumped every spring.
  • Conserve water by flushing or running the taps only when you have to.
  • Avoid using excessive amounts of chemical-based cleaners in your toilet, bathtub, or sink.


Attend to Sewer Damage Clean Up Right Away

If you experience a sewer backup, make sure to have it clean up immediately to avoid further damage. Look for a sewage and water damage restoration company that has the proper equipment to properly handle extraction and biohazard cleanup.

Proserve DKI uses a truck-mounted vacuum system to attend to all sewage and water cleanup from floors and walls, with all affected areas bio-washed, disinfected, and dried.

For more information, read our water damage restoration blog about Why you Shouldn’t Ignore Water Damage.


Don’t leave sewage cleanup to the last minute. Call Proserve DKI at 1-780-791-3663 for immediate 24/7, 365-day emergency Wood Buffalo and Fort McMurray water and sewage damage restoration services.