Sewer problems can quickly add up to thousands of dollars in damages and cleanup costs. Whether the issue is caused by weather or flooding, old plumbing, overgrown tree roots, or grease buildup in the sewer line, the consequences could affect not only the value of the home, but also the health of its occupants.
With over 6000 water damage restorations over the past 10 years, we’ve experienced a wide array of water and sewage damage in Roswell and the surrounding area. Due to the Georgia climate, basements pose additional issues from the state’s high water table and wet climate. Sewer backups are not uncommon, but they can be avoided. We’ve provided a list of ways to protect your home and your budget against this unhealthy, inconvenient, and potentially costly problem.
Check Your Insurance
Homeowner’s insurance or even flood insurance does not typically cover sewer catastrophes. Even if the backup was caused by water from a flood or torrential rainstorm infiltrating the sewer lines, sewer backups do not fall under the protection provided by a flood insurance policy. Although some homeowners policies offer coverage for “loss of use”—lodging, food and other expenses incurred due to the home being uninhabitable as a result of the damage—the repairs for the damage and restoration resulting from sewer issues are not covered. Most companies offer riders or separate policies that address sewer-related occurrences.
Install a Backwater Valve
Clogged drains in a home are common, and are one of the principal causes of sewer backup in basements. A backwater valve can be installed in the floor of the basement, closest to the point where the lateral sewer line exits the home and carries sewage to the municipal sewer system. The backwater valve allows flow out, but prevents any back up from entering the basement through the floor drain, washing machine, or plumbing fixtures.
Grease, fat, and cooking oils will cool off and clog the drain, so never pour them down the kitchen sink. Flushing paper goods like feminine hygiene products, diapers, paper towels, food, and even facial tissues can clog a main sewer line.
Tree roots are another common cause of sewer backup. Older homes in particular have pipes made of clay or metal that disintegrate over time and can be damaged by vegetation. An inspection of your home’s plumbing system by a professional experienced in water and sewage damage in Roswell can reveal any sewer line weaknesses and address ways to prevent future sewer problems in the basement and other areas of the home.