The summer season is coming to an end and we are now entering storm season, with a lot of heavy rain coming in, especially these last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, the rainy season can bring with it a plethora of problems for homeowners, including a sewer backup. We assume you want to avoid sewer backups caused by heavy rain! By understanding the cause for these backups, you can put together a plan to prevent them from occurring or to lessen their severity. No matter how at risk your property is (or isn’t), it is always best to be prepared!
Why Do Heavy Rains Cause Sewer Backups?
The first thing is to familiarize yourself with why heavy rain causes sewer backups in the first place. While heavy rain alone may be enough to overwhelm your sewer system, rain mixed with other factors on or near your property can contribute to the situation. For example, if you live near grassy areas that were recently paved or vacant land under development, rain and wind can sweep debris from these areas onto your property. This debris can get caught in the area of your drain field, which needs to remain clear so that rainwater can flow away from your home. A clogged drain field can back up your sewer pipes and wreak havoc on your sewer system.
Sewer Backups Are More Than Annoying, They’re Hazardous
It is also essential to realize that sewage waste is made up of hazardous gases, which can harm your family and pets if it overflows in your home. Sewer backups caused by heavy rains have the additional danger of bringing other hazardous materials into your home that seeped into your sewer system due to the storm. Flooding can also cause a pilot light to go out on a nearby appliance, which causes gas to leak in the air; if you smell gas after flooding or a heavy storm, be sure to contact a professional immediately.
What Can You Do To Prevent Sewer Backups Due to Heavy Rain?
So how do you prevent these damaging backups from happening? An important precaution is having a professional install a backwater check valve. Backwater check valves keep water from flowing backwards, thus preventing a sewer backup from the public system. Keep in mind that these backwater check valves need to be cleaned at least twice per year, which can be done by you or by a professional. If you already have a backwater check valve, make sure it is clean and working properly.
If the backup is caused by city sewer water, then there probably isn’t much you can do to prevent the issue aside from waiting it out. As the rain ends, the water level will return to normal, allowing the water in your home to drain. However, you can take action to protect your home and family from hazards, even if a backup does occur. Secure trap plugs tightly so they can filter any sludge or debris from floodwaters that may pour into your home.
As we move deeper into the stormy season, these are some great tips to help you deal with any sewer backups caused by heavy rain. If you have any further questions or require assistance dealing with a backup, be sure to contact All County Sewer & Drain today at (800) 834-3102!