Natural disasters, excessive rainfall, or increased use of air conditioning units are the main causes of spring and summer floods. Flooding can occur during even the coldest months, as a result of melting snow, faulty water heaters, or clogged sewer lines. Known as black water overflow, this type of water damage is the most destructive and contaminated. In addition to the fact that the majority of things affected by this kind of water damage cannot be salvaged, sewer water contains large amounts of pathogens that can make people very sick.
Undoubtedly, a sewer backup is a huge mess. Besides water damage to your home and possessions, sewage backups can also cause health risks for you, your family, and your pets, as sewage contaminants are filled with bacteria, viruses, and toxic substances. Rather than dealing with the aftermath of a sewer backup, prevent it from happening in the first place. In order to do this, we must understand what causes sewer backups in addition to flooding. The most common causes of sewer backups are:
In spite of the fact that you may understand what causes a sewer backup, you may not be able to predict the likelihood of one as most of the indicators–blockages, defects, leaks–are hidden underground or within the structure of your home. When a backup is imminent, sewer lines do give out a few warning signs.
Though you may understand what causes a sewer backup, it may seem impossible to predict if one is coming since most of the indicators, such as blockages, defects, leaks, are underground or in your home. When a backup is imminent, sewer lines do send out some warning signs, even if the actual problem is not readily apparent. Here are some of the most common signs of a clogged sewer line:
In order to prevent a sewer line backup during the colder months, you can take these precautions all year long:
If it seeps into your property, sewage water can be very hazardous due to the bacteria and viruses it contains. As well as smelling bad, sewage water can cause disease, making those who come into contact with it quite ill. Even though leaks and flooding from freshwater sources can cause serious damage, sewage water poses a far greater threat.
To deal with this potentially dangerous situation if a sewage backup occurs, call a professional sewage cleanup service provider, such as M & B Services.
M & B Services provides complete water and sewage damage restoration services. We handle blockages caused by foreign objects and tree roots, flooding, structural defects, and sewage line issues. We offer emergency water damage restoration to prevent further damage.
We service the following neighborhoods and surrounding areas in Minneapolis and St. Paul:
Minneapolis (Calhoun Isles, Camden, Central, Uptown, Southwest, University, Nokomis, Longfellow, Near North, Powderhorn)
St. Paul (Highwood Hills, Greater East Side, West Side, Dayton’s Bluff, Payne-Phalen, North End, Frogtown, Summit-University, West 7th/Fort Road, Como Park, Hamline Midway, Saint Anthony Park, Union Park, Macalester-Groveland, Highland Park, Summit Hill, Downtown)