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Warning Signs of a Sewage Backup

If you notice a foul smell coming from your drains, this could be a warning sign of a sewage backup. Call a sewage backup cleanup professional today.
If you notice a foul smell coming from your drains, this could be a warning sign of a sewage backup. Call a sewage backup cleanup professional today.
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A sewage backup is incredibly serious because it often contains harmful contaminants that can be dangerous for your home and your health. In many cases, a sewage backup is caused by clogged pipes. However, it can also be the result of inappropriate materials, like paper towels, being put down the drain. If you suffer a sewage backup, don’t delay getting help. A sewage backup cleanup company is your best defense in protection. 

These are some of the most common warning signs of a sewage backup:

Foul Odor Coming From the Drain

If you smell a foul odor coming from the drain, this is usually a sign that a sewage backup is imminent. This usually smells like musty sewage or rotten eggs. 

Multiple Drains in Your Home Are Clogged

As mentioned earlier, sewage backups are usually the result of a clogged pipe. Over time, household drains become clogged with grease, food, and hair. The more a drain becomes clogged, the harder it is for water to pass through easily. If you notice that multiple drains throughout your home are clogged, this could be a sign of a sewage backup. When multiple household drains are affected by a clog, it’s usually the lowest drains in your home that get hit first – the main drain line that is under the lowest floor of the home. This drain transfers water directly to the municipal sewage line. 

Bubbling Drains

Bubbling drains are another common warning sign of a sewage backup. If you hear a gurgling sound when you flush the toilet or shut off your sink, it’s usually a sign that gas or air bubbles are getting trapped in the drain lines because they can’t reach the plumbing vent. 

In every draining system, air and gas are supposed to get separated from the sewage-bound water so it can pass through the pipe systems easily. When these elements have nowhere to go, they create a backup. 

Water is Backing Up Into Another Drain

Another common sign to look out for is if you flush your toilet and notice water immediately start filling up your bathtub. A sewage backup will cause water from one drain to get backed up into another. 

You See Sewage Coming Out of Your Pipe

Finally, if you see sewage coming out of your cleanout pipe, get help immediately. The cleanout pipe provides direct access to your city’s sewer line. Your cleanout pipe is usually located either outside your home or inside your basement, so if you see any runoff, you need to call a sewage backup cleanup company immediately. 

Call the Pros at Green Genie Environmental Today

At Green Genie Environmental, we don’t just clean your home; we do so with sustainable, eco-friendly methods. A sewage backup is one of the most serious types of water damage. If you’ve recently suffered a sewage backup, our team of experienced technicians will use safe methods to clean your home and get it back to normal. Give our sewage backup cleanup team a call today at (716) 466-6653 to get started. 

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