Sewer Backup

Drainage and drainage blockage can be extremely unsafe to your health. A plumber should be telephoned instantly if you have a sewer backup in your bath tubs, showers or toilets. Sewerage will contain bugs so it must be cleaned up and the plumbing system repaired right away.

What to do while you wait

As an immediate measure whilst waiting for help, use one cup bleach in every five Imperial gallons of water to clean up the area while you await the plumber. Protect yourself from germs by donning a face mask, boots, gloves and full length trousers; ensure that older and young family members keep out – even pets should not be allowed in the affected area. Cleanse your hands later on with warm clean water and soap. You can diminish the flow of water into your drain to reduce your drainage leakage problem while you are waiting for a repair.

What is the cause of the problem?

The cause of the problem might be a plugged waste line or a obstruction between the toilet and the shower. Either way, your clear priority should be to prevent your family from exposure to disease causing bacteria.

Exposure to drainage symptoms

Vomiting, fever, chills, stomach pain, diarrhoea are some of the symptoms of exposure to drainage. If you recognise any of these symptoms in yourself, get medical treatment right away.

Sewage contaminated surfaces including children’s toys should be cleaned with a solution made by adding one cup of bleach in 5 gallons of water. You will have to throw away any items that can’t be cleaned properly such as mattresses and of course any food that may have been contaminated.

If you don’t want to call a professional

If the drainage leakage was around the shower, you might want to use a snake, part of a plumbers toolkit. It would be best for you to get 25 feet long one quarter inch snake to tackle the problem if you are not calling in a drains pipes contractor. It can pass through the line with ease to get at a blockage. Sometimes a toilet in the bathroom is quite clear while the shower in the same area has gotten clogged. This is due to the fact that the toilet trap is typically about six inches above the flooring level, whereas the typical shower drain is installed level with the floor.


Call a professional plumber or drainpipes contractor if you are unable to clear the sewer backup yourself. They will cleanse the sewerage totally and also identify the cause of the blockage, getting rid of it for you and giving you recommendations on how to avoid a similar situation. Be absolutely sure that you know what you are doing when you are attempting to fix your own plumbing, otherwise it’s always best to contact the professionals to do the task.

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