A drain backup is something that anyone would want to avoid at all costs. A drain backup is messy, stinky, expensive to clean up, and leads to problems with tenants. While no one likes a drain backup, learning the most common causes of them can help prevent the chances of it occurring with one of your drains. When attempting to tackle a drain back, it’s important to wear gloves and boots and wash them with a disinfectant after use. Thoroughly wash yourself with a disinfecting soap and wash your clothes and any equipment you used during the cleanup. Here are some main causes for a drain backup.
Common Causes of a Drain Backup
- Solid Material: The presence of solid material in the drain can lead to its clogging. This will lead to a backing up of the drain water into your home. Hair, grease, sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, garbage too large for the drain to handle are some of the most common causes of drain blocks in the lateral sewer lines. Ensuring that drains are covered with a fine mesh to prevent these from entering the drainage system can reduce the occurrence of a drain backup. Avoid flushing sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, rags, and paper towels to ensure that the drains stay open and free to carry away the waste water.
- Structural Damage: Structural damage to pipes and manholes including pipe collapses, cracks, misaligned pipes, offset joints, holes, sagging pipes, and so on can cause blocks that prevent the free flow of waste water leading to drain backups. Periodically examining the drains and replacing very old clay pipe drains with improved drain pipes can prevent drain backup because of these issues.
- Tree Roots: Roots can enter the cracks and joints of the service pipe and then grow. This causes the pipe to become blocked. The roots can spread causing extensive blocks. Moreover, the roots can crack the pipes as they spread leading to large scale damage of the pipes. Tree roots are attracted to sewer pipes because of the presence of water and methane. The best way to prevent drains from becoming blocked because of tree roots is to frequently cut away the roots that are near the drain pipes. Contact experts in drain maintenance to help you keep the drains near your home free of obstruction. This will save you a lot of money in the long term as your home and its valuable contents will stay safe.
- Flooding during excessive rains: When the water to be drained is more than the capacity of the drain, then there can be back up. This only happens when there is a flash flood.
- Deliberate vandalism: Often, debris, garbage, and other material are found stuffed in manholes. This is done by miscreants who want to cause problems. This causes the drains to be blocked and leads to a drain backup.
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