4 Warning Signs of Sewage Damage

More often than not, there are telltale signs that there is damage to your sewer line. When you are attentive to what is happening in your home, you can prevent extreme sewage damage before it becomes worse. Read on to learn the signs to watch out for.

Sewage Damage Results In Backups or Blockages

If there is a clog or blockage in your sewer line, water will be forced to find an alternative route to escape. One example of the resulting evidence could be if a toilet is flushed in one bathroom and water backs up in another room. To resolve this issue, you’ll want to hire a technician to assess where the clog or blockage lies using a camera.

Slow Internal Plumbing Drains

Another sign of sewage damage is when a sink or shower is draining slowly, or your toilet backs up easily. This is a sign that there is a blockage within the sewer line. In this case, you can try to snake the drain to remove the blockage. This is often the case with showers, due to hair clogging the drain. But if snaking doesn’t work, it’s time to call a professional.

One important thing to note about slow drains is that using over-the-counter methods is not recommended. Often these products can do more harm than good due to the harsh chemicals they contain. Your best bet is to call a technician.

Foul Sewer Odor Caused By Sewage Damage

Sewers are built to keep the smell out. So if you catch a whiff of a foul odor, it’s a sure sign that sewage damage could be taking place. What can cause an odor to present itself? Cracks, leaks, and holes in the sewer line cause odor to escape. While the smell of sewage won’t necessarily cause you to become sick, close or prolonged exposure can. Call a technician to resolve the issue before the risk of exposure increases.

Lush Patches Of Grass Close To Septic Line

Sewage is a natural fertilizer. If you discover that patches of grass close to your septic tank have become lush, something is amiss. Green grass might seem great, but if it’s centralized to this one spot, something isn’t right. You will also notice that the area is especially soggy because there is a sewage backup.

Call A Professional If You Suspect Sewage Damage

If you have experienced any of these warning signs in your home, it’s time to hire a professional at MD Water Restoration. We can help you stop the issue before it becomes an even bigger problem. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

The Top Signs of Sewage and Drain Problems

Drain damage in your home can be a costly hassle. It’s caused by flushed items that cause a blockage, items that are flushed but collect in the drain, heavy rain that causes flooding, and even trees that grow inside sewer lines. To avoid damage, refrain from flushing or sending down the drain items like feminine hygiene products, hair, food, and cat litter. Keep an eye out for the warning signs so that you can call a restoration company right away.

Backed-Up or Overflowing Toilets and Sinks

An occasional backed-up toilet or sink isn’t cause for concern. As long as you have a plunger, you can usually take care of it yourself. But long-term clogging or multiple drains clogging or overflowing probably means you have drain damage. At this point, you don’t want to take care of this yourself. Call a restoration company to take care of the damage immediately so that it doesn’t get worse.

Raw Sewage Smell

Raw sewage smells are not pleasant. You’ll notice it right away when the smell of sewage starts creeping up drains, toilets, and sinks. You should investigate the smell right away by calling a restoration company. Hopefully, a smell alone will be easy to treat. But if you wait too long you could run into more damage along the way.

Gurgling Sounds

Gurgling sounds inside your drains means something is probably stuck inside. If you can’t get rid of the gurgling sound through off-the-shelf unclogging methods, you’re better off calling a restoration company to take a look. The clog could get worse and cause even more damage if you wait too long.

Water Collection By Underground Sewer Lines

By the time you see water collecting on the ground, you’re going to need some serious help to repair the damage. A restoration company can go straight to the source. Water that collects outside of your home will be contaminated by sewage and could cause some damage to your foundation. You cannot wait once the damage has gotten to this point.

Restoration companies have the right kinds of tools and experience to clean up drain damage as quickly as possible. They can work with you on cost, but you should know that by the time water starts to collect, it’ll be more expensive than if you had caught it earlier. At MD Water Restoration, we’ll take your call 24/7 for all of your restoration needs. Give us a call for a free estimate at (240) 370-5582.

Sewer Damage is a danger for your health and home

Sewage is the waste carried off by water through pipes and culverts in an effort to remove it from and inhabited area. Often sewage is thought of as just human excrement, but it can be comprised of so much more. Along with the “black” water that comes from toilets, sewage may also contain used or “gray” water that comes from your sink, tub, shower, dishwasher, and clothes washer.   This contains soaps, detergents, food particles, and toilet paper as well.


Bacteria, Parasites, Fungi, and Viruses

Disease causing organisms like bacteria, parasites, fungi, and viruses found in raw sewage can cause serious illnesses and can be fatal. Just a few of the organisms and the illnesses caused by them are as follows:

  • Adenoviruses cause respiratory infections such as pneumonia, croup, and bronchitis.
  • Rotavirus causes severe diarrhea and high fevers.
  • Bacteria such as E. coli can cause gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Salmonella gastroenteritis like diseases, typhoid fever and other symptoms of food poisoning.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) can be ‘caught” through raw sewage.

In addition to becoming ill, you can pick up Round worms, tapeworms and other parasites. These carry their own problems from diarrhea weight loss and illness. You can also contract tetanus if it enters through an open wound.   All these impurities can enter body through any opening. Nose, mouth, eyes, genital, and open wounds.  NEVER touch raw sewage if possible. Seek medical attention immediately if you believe you have been exposed.

What should I do?

If you discover raw sewage flowing ANYWHERE, contact the authorities immediately.  It could have several causes; a ruptured pipe, serious flooding in the area, an overflowing septic or holding tank or, the simplest problem, a clogged pipe that is backing up.  No matter the case, someone in charge should know ASAP.  The area should be cleared, and the flow stopped as quickly as humanly possible t try and avoids any serious health concerns.

If you find yourself faced with sewer damage, try to avoid contact, and call a professional. Avoid confined spaces that have been contaminated with sewage, not only because toxic, flammable, or asphyxiating gases may be present, but the chances of infection from breathing in waste are present.  Look for a professional who is recognized by the Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) and know the job is done right.