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Costly Damage to Your Home is Preventable

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

Grease is shown being poured into a drain in a sink Never pour grease in a sink.

A sewage backup is one of the most common causes of black water floods. These dangerous incidents contain harmful biohazards and can cause severe damage to your property.

Preventing the issue in the first place is preferable to having to pay for expensive damage repairs.

1. Take Care of Your Sump Pump.

Proper sump pump maintenance is super easy and can save you a lot of storm damage and flood-related trouble in the long run. Make sure to check the filters and pipes for debris, such as gravel and silt, regularly. Also, make time to test your sump pump to ensure it's working properly.

2. Install Backwater Prevention Valves.

Backwater prevention valves can help prevent sewage backup and flooding. These devices are typically installed into your residential sewer line, working to enhance sewer cleaning. They permit raw sewage to leave your pipes, while simultaneously preventing it from backing up into your basement.

3. Choose Plastic Sewer Pipes.

Older sewer pipes are typically made out of cast iron, which can age and crack over time. Newer pipes are constructed from plastic, which has a significantly longer lifespan.

4. Only Flush Proper Paper Products.

You can easily clog your toilet by flushing the incorrect items down the pipes. Make sure you never flush feminine hygiene products, diapers, paper towels, or other thick items down the toilet. If you use multi-ply toilet paper, try to limit how much you flush at once to prevent toilet flooding.

5. Never Pour Grease Down the Drain.

Oils can harden inside your pipes, gradually slowing drainage and building up clogs over time. Instead, you need to pour the grease into a heat-resistant container and dispose of it in the trash.
Sewage backup floods are extremely messy and can cause a lot of damage. This is why your best course of action is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Contact flood remediation experts if you have suffered from one of these floods.

If you experience storm damage to your home or business, call the restoration pros at SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison counties (540) 513-3111.

Our technicians available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is critical. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.

We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

Storm damage can happen any time, that's why our team is available 24 hours a day. Specialists from SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison counties arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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