There is a phrase that can strike fear into the heart of any homeowner: Water and sewer backup.
Those words bring up images of nasty, germy water and a lengthy clean-up. But don’t fret! There are certain steps that a homeowner can take to reduce the risk of a water or sewer back-up crisis.
- Check around the home, foundation, basement, etc. for cracks that water or sewer waste can enter. Repair and fill any cracks
- Ask a plumbing professional to see if your system can accept a shut-off valve to be used in case of a back-up emergency. Your insurance agent can refer you to licensed professional.
- If you live on or below a floodplain take steps to ensure that furniture and valuables are stored above the flood line.
- Do not pour grease down sinks or toilets
- If a water or sewer back-up occurs do not attempt clean up without protection: gloves, face masks and eye protection.
Generally a water or sewer back up is caused when heavy rains or floodwaters over run the sewer system. Debris from rainstorms or natural disasters can also clog the system, potentially causing a nasty mess in your home.
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