We ask a lot of our home’s plumbing, and many of us are guilty of taking it for granted by not paying attention to what goes down our drains. Sanitary sewer systems play a central role in keeping our homes and communities hygienic and disease-free, but they are designed to handle only three things: used water, human body waste and toilet paper. If you routinely treat your sink or toilet like a wastebasket, you are courting disaster by inviting a sewer overflow on your property.
Why Does Sewer Overflow Occur?
Wastewater overflow can occur both on properties with septic systems and those that are connected to the municipal sewerage main. Clogged drain lines are one of the most common causes of sewage backups and overflow.
Careless use of your plumbing fixtures is one of the leading factors contributing to clogs. In the kitchen, cooking fats and food scraps solidify inside the pipes, creating a sludgy mess that adheres to the interior walls and restricts water flow. Bathroom clogs are often the result of soap scum and hair, as well as people flushing the wrong things down the toilet. Roots from bushes or trees that are growing too close to the sewer line can penetrate pipes as well. Some species of plants result in highly stubborn clogs that often takes specialized cutting equipment to resolve.
Understanding the Risks of Sewer Overflow
Anyone who misuses their plumbing can be both a potential contributor and a potential victim of sewer problems. When wastewater backs up onto your property, not only will you have a disgusting mess on your hands, but you will also have the hassle and expense associated with resolving flood-related water damage and the associated health hazards of raw sewage cleanup.
Sewage is an abundant source of pathogens, bacteria, viruses and other disease-producing organisms. These germs and parasites can spread directly when people come into contact with sewage or toilet waste. Illnesses associated with the bacteria found in raw sewage include hepatitis A, gastroenteritis and tapeworm infections, among other health conditions.
How to Prevent Sewer Overflow
One of the most straightforward measures you should take to reduce the dangers of sewage overflow in your Fairfax, Virginia home or business is to be mindful of what you put into your drains. For example, even though some products such as sanitary wipes, baby diapers, kitty litter, cotton balls and makeup remover towelettes may claim to be flushable, they are not. When flushed down the toilet, these items bind together and may eventually cause sewage backups that cost thousands of dollars and hours of work to repair.
Another smart strategy for minimizing the risk of a sewer overflow is to have your drains regularly inspected and cleaned. Professional companies like Freedom Plumbers specialize in providing state-of-the-art video camera inspections that help us diagnose clogs with pinpoint accuracy. This technology allows us to prevent unsanitary, costly and destructive sewer overflow issues by detecting and resolving issues before they jeopardize your health.
Call Freedom Plumbers for Drain Inspection and Maintenance
Serving both residential and commercial clients, Freedom Plumbers has been Fairfax, Virginia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.’s clog prevention specialist for more than 30 years. We a locally owned company that improves the health of your plumbing with friendly, professional service. Reach out today for a free estimate.