Sewage Blockage Removal – What to Do | ServiceMaster in Parsippany, NJ
Homeowners in the Parsippany, NJ area should be familiar with the clean out pipes near their property.
Clean out pipes are located in your yard (sometimes your neighbor’s yard) and are critical in allowing sewage waste materials to move freely from your home.
Clean out pipes are typically white in color.
If a blockage occurs in the clean out pipe, sewage overflow can spill into the bathroom, basement, or even neighboring homes.
If you suspect a sewage blockage, it’s important to understand the possible causes.
What Causes Sewage Blockage
Tree Root Intrusion
Roots grow deep underground and can interfere with the main sewage line around your house.
If roots intrude into the pipe itself, it can easily cause a sewage backup scenario.
Grease, fats, and oils harden over time and can form a blockage in your main sewer line over time.
For this reason, it is commonly understood not to pour any kind of grease down the drain or garbage disposal.
Flushing Unsafe Materials Down the Toilet
It’s important to only flush human waste, toilet paper, and drain safe wipes down the toilet. Anything else can quickly lead to a sewage backup situation.
Often times, kids may not understand the importance of these guidelines and this is a common cause main sewer line backups.
Sewer Line Damage
The pipe system beneath your house can fall victim to corrosion, weakened pipes, sagging, and damage caused by nearby construction.
Almost all of these scenarios are outside of your control, and so you should contact your local sewer purveyor or city sewer department if they occur.
Sewage Blockage – Steps to Take
Sewage and wastewater are toxic and harmful to those who come in close contact. For this reason, it’s always best to contact a professional if sewage cleanup is required.
If you suspect a sewage blockage, these are generally the steps to take:
Contact your local sewer purveyor or water company
This is the fastest way to verify who is responsible for the sewage blockage, and what areas in the neighborhood it may be affecting.
If the blockage occurs between your clean out pipe and the main sewer line, it will likely fall under the city’s responsibility.
For example, if you live in Morristown, NJ you can contact the city’s sewer utility department.
Stop flushing and using water around the house
If sewage has overflowed in your yard or anywhere in your home, it’s critical to stop sending water and waste through the pipes immediately.
If you continue to use sinks, showers, and toilets, the sewage overflow can worsen and even appear in neighboring homes.
Unclog the clean out pipe
While this is best left to a professional, you can at minimum make an attempt to clear a basic clog of your sewer line.
Locate the clean out pipe near your property, and using a ‘snake’ tool, try to fish through and spin inside the pipe to clear a blockage.
If the issue is more severe, such as root intrusion, you will want to contact what is called a ‘rooter’ service. These technicians can run a camera down your clean out pipe and tell you exactly what is causing the sewage blockage.
When to Contact a Professional
If sewage has already spilled onto your property, it’s important to reach out to professionals to safely clean up the sewage.
ServiceMaster by Timeless provides sewage backup cleanup in the Morristown, NJ area and surrounding communities.
Contact us at (973) 554-3002.