Winter Tips For Your Sewer To Prevent Damage
Floods are the most common reason for home water damage. What’s worse is sewer backup! As flooding is a common occurrence during the spring and summer, homeowners take a breath of relief during winters. This isn’t true in the slightest. There are many other factors that affect your sewer during winter.
Sewer backup is messy to deal with. Other than water damage in and around your home, sewage backup can cause health problems for you, your family and pets. Sewage carries contaminants filled with bacteria, toxic substances, viruses, and water-borne diseases. Preventing sewer backup is easier than dealing with the aftermath. Here are some of the causes for sewer backups:
- Tree root blockage
- Inadequate planning and installation of the sewage line
- Broken pipes
- Blocked pipes
- Leaks in the waste line
- A frozen septic system
- Clogged sewer vents
Signs your sewage system is suffering a backup
Anticipating a sewage backup is nearly impossible. Like most maintenance related processes around the home, sewage backups don’t occur out of the blue. There are always indicators to look out for. Sewage defects or plumbing leaks can be hidden underground or within the structure of your home.
Foul odors around the house should set off alarms. Foul odors from the drains indicate a blockage building up within the pipes. Once the pipe is fully blocked, you’re doomed to suffer a sewage backup.
Gurgling noises that occur when the water drains or the toilet is flushed. Such noises indicate that the water isn’t going down the system easily and should be a cause for concern.
Tips To Avoid A Backup In Winter
Take care of your home’s pipes all year round
Avoid disposing off grease in the sink and large, hard to grind items in the garbage disposal. Grease can clog up a system in no time. The layers that build up and solidify eventually cause a blockage.
Avoid flushing down items that aren’t suitable for your toilet. When it comes to the toilet, only tissues are designed to be flushed down the system. The fibers break down in water, making it easy to flush down.
Snow clean up
Make sure you remove the snow from the sewer vents. Snow tends to pile up and create blockages in the vents. As a result, the sewer gases are redirected into your home, not only does this create a foul odor in the house, it also contaminates the air with harmful bacteria.
Add water to the drains
To prevent the sewage gases from entering your home, experts suggest adding water to the drains. Adding water to the less used drains of a home can successfully avoid the strong odor from spreading around the house.
Insulate the vents
Sewer vents tend to freeze over in extreme weather. Invest in additional insulation for the sewer vents to prevent it from freezing. Some homes have heating elements installed in their attics to keep the sewer vent thawed.