What is sewage backup? This is when sewage (which consists of wastewater from toilets, sinks, tubs, showers, dishwashers and clothes washers) enters your property. If you have a sewage backup it can be caused by a blockage or plumbing problem and the main cause of such an issue is that people in the household might be putting improper things down the drain or toilet. This poses a very large health concern as must sewage contains microorganisms which can cause people who have been exposed to fall ill.
A good way to prevent a sewer backup in your home is to not dispose of paper towels, wipes, diapers or feminine hygiene products in your toilet. You can also avoid pouring cooking oils and grease down the drain or toilet, as this will harden and could eventually lead to a clog in the drain. If your home is served by a municipal sewer system then you can contact a certified plumber to have an approved backwater value installed in your basement to reduce the risk of sewage reentering your house. A tip for outside of your house is to maintain all eavestroughs and downspouts to keep them clear so that this allows for proper drainage.
If you notice a sewage backup in your house the first thing you should do is stop using your plumbing until it’s been thoroughly checked. You should also turn off power through your breaker box if there is standing water or if there is even a slight possibility of wires getting wet. You should also contact a licensed professional immediately to investigate and assess the source of the problem. If you are a tenant then you should also contact the landlord so that they are aware of the situation.