Sewer and Drain Tips

Q: What Health Risks Do Sewer Backups Present?

A: Sewer backups contain raw sewage which can carry bacteria, viruses, protozoa (parasitic organisms), helminths (intestinal worms), and borroughs (inhaled molds and fungi). The diseases they may cause range in severity from mild gastroenteritis (causing stomach cramps and diarrhea) to life-threatening ailments such as cholera, dysentery, infections hepatitis, and severe gastroenteritis. 

Sewage backups into homes and neighborhoods are of special concern to the EPA due to the increased chance of human exposure. Sensitive populations - children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems - can be at a higher risk of illness from exposure to sewage. 

How can sewer backups be reduced or eliminated? The best way to prevent these kinds of problems is to get regular sewer maintenance and inspection done every year. Click here to learn more about sewer inspection and maintenance plans

Q: How Do Roots Get Into A Sewer Pipe?

A: Tree roots growing inside sewer pipes is generally the most expensive sewer maintenance item experienced by city residents. Roots from trees growing on private property and on boulevards throughout the city can cause flooded basements and damaged sewer pipes. Click here to read more about roots in sewers, how to handle them and how to prevent them! 

Q: Why do I need a Video Sewer Inspection?

A: It's important to get a video sewer inspection when you have your sewers serviced. Sewer pipes run underground and the only way to really know what the condition is like is to run our camera system down inside and check it out directly. You should also beware of sewer companies that don't use video inspection! We have seen incidents where companies have tried to sell homeowners on sewer pipe repairs and replacements, when in fact there was nothing physically wrong with their system. Don't be taken advantage of - make sure to get that video inspection and see for yourself!

Q: What is the most important thing I can do to make sure I don't run into sewer and drain trouble?

A: The best thing you can do is make sure you keep your sewer and drains properly maintained BEFORE you have a clog or a backup. We offer a lifetime warranty maintenance plan that will offer significant savings in the long run. You can read more about it here on our website

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