How to Prevent a Sewage Backup

Every house produces sewage, it is not something that you normally want to deal with.  Unfortunately, if you do not maintain your plumbing system you will eventually have to deal with a blockage and the backing up of your system.

Of course, in many cases it’s not just you that can cause an issue, the blockage could be in the mains sewage outlet and a result of several houses putting the wrong items down their drains. When dealing with the waste from several houses you’re going to need to get a plumber in Sydney who knows how to deal with the issue and bill more than one customer.

Fortunately, with a little common sense and some knowledge, you should be able to prevent a sewage backup, saving you hassle and money.

Preventing Sewage Backup

The first thing to remember is that blockages are a result of what goes down your drains. If you only ever place liquid down the drains there isn’t much that can get blocked. Of course, this isn’t possible and some liquids can actually cause blockages, such as hot oil that solidifies on the way down.

  • Consider Your Waste

The toilet is for disposing of human waste. However, if you put a large amount of toilet paper down the toilet in one go, it has the potential to get lodged in the pipes. This will quickly cause a backup and a nasty issue.

Other items, such as tampons, condoms, and other things that shouldn’t be put into the toilet, can quickly cause blockages.

But, it’s not just the toilet, food waste that goes down the kitchen sink can start to block the pipes, especially if it catches up with toilet waste. Fatty liquids can solidify in the pipes and create a blockage.

Think about what s going down your drains and you’ll be halfway to preventing any sewage backup.

  • Inspect Your Pipes

Alongside thinking about the waste it’s a good idea to get your plumber to inspect the pipes on a regular basis. This can mean inserting rods to ensure they are clear. Or, you can run a camera through them to achieve the same result.

This will also highlight any issues with the pipes themselves, a collapsed sewage pipe can result in a blockage and then a backup, deal with it quickly.

  • Overflow

It’s worth being aware that excess water flowing through pipes can cause a backup. What may surprise you is that heavy rain in the center of town can cause a problem in your house, even though you’re at the edge of the town.

To prevent overflow being an issue you should look at installing backflow valves in your plumbing system, this only allows the waste to flow in one direction, away from your home. At the least, it will help to protect your home from sewage waste, even if you find it outside.

It’s always a good idea to speak to your local plumbing and get your system inspected at least once a year, this can prevent a huge amount of issues, including sewage backup.