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Is Your Sewer System A Flood Risk?

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

A sewer backup can result in flooding that may cause thousands of dollars in damaged to floors, walls and electric wiring to your Wrentham, MA commercial or residential property. Excessive rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges can overwhelm old or blocked sewer systems causing severe flood damage. Flood damage can develop quickly and without warning. Complete details on what causes sewer issues and how to prevent catastrophes such as flooding can be found on the FEMA Ready.gov website.

Potential Sewer Issues

Most common causes of sewer issues are:

  • Tree roots that crack and block the pipes
  • Aging systems that weren’t built to handle a rapid increase in housing
  • Blockages in the city sanitary mains that aren’t found in time and back up water into homes through floor drains
  • Combined pipelines that have to deal with stormwater and raw sewage

How To Prevent a Blockage

Avoid a sewer backup by taking some preventative measures. Perform regular maintenance. Schedule routine sewer cleaning and inspection approximately every two years. Video cameras can used to find cracks and any other issues in your pipe system. Have a professional clean out any residue that may clog your lines.

Preventative Measures

  • Always discard grease and paper products correctly.
  • Don’t pour any oil based products down the drain. Use a disposable container and properly throw it away.
  • French drains or a sump pumps connected to your sewer system debris from storm damage could get into the system and block the water flow. Ensuring a proper release for these systems is critical to preventing possible flood damage.
  • Ensure your lines are plastic as they resist corrosion and are harder for tree roots to break through.

If your home has flooding damage from a backup, call the Disaster Remediation experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305. We will help you make it "Like it never even happened."

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