Reasons a blocked pipe will flood your home

Reasons a blocked pipe will flood your home

When it comes to plumbing emergencies in your home there’s almost nothing worse than water leaks. You’ve got a hidden leaky pipe or you’ve left the bath running and before you know it you’re standing ankle-deep in water. As well as being a big inconvenience, flooding can cause water damage and the need for expensive repairs in your home. But hey, it could be worse. You could be standing ankle-deep in sewage water.

Sewage flooding doesn’t just look and smell bad, it can potentially be bad for your health too. If you’re suffering from sewage flooding in your home, the first thing to do is figure out the cause. Once you’ve identified your problem it’s much easier to get things back on track. Here are the top 5 reasons a blocked sewage pipe will flood your home.

1. A Muddy Situation

If you’ve washed off your car after 4-wheel driving or rain has turned your yard into a swamp then you could be at risk of a blocked stormwater pipe. Mud gets into the stormwater lines from various areas, from your driveway, to your drains and gutters. Once it gets inside the system, mud accumulates because it doesn’t decompose like regular waste. If it’s left unattended for long enough that blockage will lead to flooding and a sticky situation for you. Make sure you clean any problem areas – like driveways and gutters – to stop mud in its tracks.

2. Delicious yet Disastrous!

Food is great on your plate, better in your stomach, but bad for your sewers. When waste that isn’t meant for the sewer finds its way down there, it begin to choke the system, and food scraps are no different. Flushing your food is not recommended and neither is washing your scraps down the sink. Remember to dispose of all of your scraps properly to avoid flooding and other disasters.

3. Narrow Lines

Sometimes the cause of your flooding isn’t something you can avoid at all. Some much older drain lines are too narrow and can occasionally become blocked at the bends. If you have old lines near your home and they cause sewage flooding they can be refitted.

4. The Grease Factor

Are you preparing to wash your pan after a fantastic fry up? Do your dishes go into the dishwasher without a rinse? These factors and more can cause grease to settle on the inside of your drains, creating a blockage that can lead to sewage flooding. Dispose of your greasy residue by letting it go solid and putting it in the rubbish or storing it in a plastic container and disposing of that correctly.

Finding the cause of your blockage is half the problem but wouldn’t you rather stop it in its tracks before it leads to a flood?

The Relining Company specialises in sewage pipe relining in greater Sydney – call us on 04 0487 9929, or book a free consultation.

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