How can I prevent sewer backup problems in Markham?

Sewage is a hazardous material that should never be backing up into your home. It represents a host of health concerns and can seriously impact your ability to live in the house. When a sewage issue is discovered it should be handled immediately by a professional like Waterman or another trained plumbing expert in the city of Markham that can stop the backup and clean up the mess as quickly as possible. Sewage is basically liquid garbage that includes excrement, waste water and just about anything you can think of that is flushed down your toilet or drains. For this reason, it is not advisable for humans or pets to have exposure to sewage in any form.

Drain Installation ServicesThe most common catalyst for a sewer backup is failing to perform proper maintenance on the network of drains in and around your home. There are products that contribute to drain backups which usually include non-biodegradable materials like plastics and other synthetics, along with especially viscous fluids and oils that tend to linger in the pipework long after they’ve been poured down the drain. These are the materials that begin to create blockages in your pipes and without proper inspection and cleaning, they can create huge problems. Most notable among those is the lack of ability to pinpoint the exact location of the blockage within the pipe network.

This is an excellent reason to give a professional plumber like Waterman a call so they can use a variety of tools to inspect your drains to locate the backup. The experts will bring in snakes with digital cameras to search your pipe network for the blockage without causing further clogs or damage. Attempting to snake a drain on your own can lead to disastrous results if you are not familiar with the speed and power of the snake you are using. It can damage additional pipes if not used deftly and with a skilled hand.

Aging cast iron pipes become brittle over time and if you pipework is over 30 years old, it could be quite fragile, which is really why a professional plumber is needed for delicate plumbing with backup issues. Weaker pipes are also susceptible to tree roots and ground shifting that can crush or puncture them over time, so it is also a good idea to have them inspected regularly to check for even small blockages that can grow over time. Should your plumber encounter a root, they will have tools in their arsenal to excavate, section the pipe and replace it without too much trouble.

As you can see, there are a number of issues that can cause a sewage backup in one of your pipes and the results can be foul and disgusting, so it is best to call Waterman immediately if you notice unpleasant odors or see sewage gurgling up in your drains. Routine drain maintenance is your best way to prevent a backup and the money you will save in avoiding a major excavation will pay for the service plus much more. The Markham area has homes of varying ages and heavy annual rainfall that can cause shifting, so having your professional plumbing service out every six months is a wise investment that will serve you well in the long run.



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