Here in New Orleans, LA, we’re no stranger to rain. However, if you’ve begun to fear heavy rains because they cause your home to experience rainwater backups, you may be able to do something about it. Although you can’t control the weather, you can have your plumbing system inspected. bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans can help. We feature a full range of plumbing solutions, including drain cleaning service. Our plumbers are certified and experienced. There may be a solution to your rainwater backups that we can manage for you.
Why Do Rainwater Backups Occur?
Often, heavy rains overwhelm municipal sewer systems. When the local sewer system can’t process the rainwater quickly enough to keep up with the influx of water, it tends to have nowhere to go but into the streets and, sometimes, back up people’s sewer lines and into their homes. In this case, the problem is a city-wide one.
On the other hand, sometimes frequent backups occur when it rains because there is debris in the line. Rains can send debris back up the line and cause clogs to develop. Subsequent rains can impede the functioning of your drain systems.
Signs of Rainwater Backups
The most obvious sign of a rainwater backup is, of course, water flowing back up your drains. If rainwater flows back up your drains, it can bring sewage into your home. This can result in a terrible mess that involves property damage. Water can easily damage flooring and drywall. It can damage wood and cause a severe mold outbreak.
However, rainwater backups, as mentioned, can introduce debris like muck and leaves into your sewer line. You may never see this debris, but once it sits in your line, it can lead to the development of a clog. If you have debris trapped in your sewer line, you may need drain cleaning service. bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans can perform this service for you.
Is It Possible to Prevent Rainwater Backups?
To protect your New Orleans, LA home from rainwater backups, you may be able to take steps to reduce the threat. The first step to reducing the threat of wastewater backups when it rains is to schedule annual drain cleaning service. Any debris in your lines can lead to the development of a clog. Grease, food particles, leaves–all of this debris can impede the function of your plumbing system. Drain cleaning service removes this debris so that your drains can flow unimpeded.
Next, talk to your plumber about installing check valves in your floor drains. These valves are designed to let water flow in one direction–out to your sewer system. They prevent water from flowing back up the drain and into the home. These valves are not fail safe, but they can do a reliable job of helping to prevent rain water or wastewater backups. If you want to install check valves, you can consult with bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans about their installation. We can perform this service for you along with our drain cleaning service.
Remember, it’s important to prevent wastewater from flowing back into your house. This water can contain dangerous pathogens. Handling it can be dangerous. When cleaning it, be sure to wear protective rubber gloves.
Could Tree Roots Be Part of the Problem?
If you’re experiencing water backups when it rains, the problem could be exacerbated by tree roots growing in your sewer line. Thread-like tree roots can enter your sewer line through loose seams or tiny holes. The roots are ever in search of water and nutrients, and your sewer line is a primary source of what your tree roots want. Once roots get into your sewer line, they will grow there. In time, their growth will cause blockages to occur. These blockages can contribute to wastewater backups.
Sewer drain cleaning service can remedy the problem. However, once tree roots have infiltrated your sewer line, there is no way to prevent them from growing there again. Many people will invite a plumber to their home periodically for sewer drain cleaning service. The plumber will attach a cutter to the end of their auger. The cutter swirls and cuts the roots present in the sewer line. This can keep the roots at bay.
Keep in mind that tree roots can also damage the sewer line. They can cause ruptures and sections of the pipe to collapse. The sewer line can be repaired but it may need to be replaced depending on the nature of the damage. If the sewer line is old and needs numerous repairs, it may be better to replace it. A plumber can inspect your sewer line using an inline camera.
Keep Your Drains Clean and Prevent Plumbing Problems
Drain cleaning service can’t prevent tree roots or solve the city’s sewer system problems, but it can help you prevent some rainwater backups. Cleaning your drains leaves them free of debris buildup, which can exacerbate water backup problems.
Did you know that clogs can also cause damage to your pipes? The clog puts pressure on pipes; that can cause the seams to loosen and leak. Leaky pipes can become a serious plumbing problem. You can keep your plumbing system working optimally by keeping your drains free of debris. Clogs in the pipes can also cause odors to develop.
If you want to reduce rainwater backups, contact bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans. We can inspect your plumbing system. You may need drain cleaning service or the installation of check valves. We’ll bring everything needed to your New Orleans, LA home and provide the plumbing services you need. Our plumbers can also provide additional plumbing services, including leak detection and water heater repair.